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Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens names his chief of staff, other top aides


Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens has tapped an executive with Anheuser-Busch as his chief of staff, The Buzz has learned.

Michael F. Roche has been vice president of national affairs for Anheuser-Busch Companies since 2004. He heads the Anheuser-Busch office in Washington and manages the company’s relations with the federal government, meaning he’s done some lobbying.

Greitens also named Lucinda Luetkemeyer as his top lawyer, Jennae Neustadt as his legislative director and Will Scharf as policy director. Austin Chambers, who served as Greitens’ spokesman and a top campaign aide, will continue as senior adviser.

Roche sits on the board of the Beer Institute, the national trade association for brewers in the United States.

From Roche’s bio on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce General Foundation website:

Mr. Roche previously held the position of senior associate general counsel in Anheuser-Busch’s Legal Department, where he headed the litigation group. Before joining Anheuser-Busch in 1999, Mr. Roche practiced law as a civil trial attorney in St. Louis, Missouri, at the law firm of Armstrong Teasdale LLP, specializing in product liability and business litigation.

He is a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Captain until 1989. Following his military service, he graduated from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Mr. Roche resides in McLean, Va., with his wife, Sarah, and their three children.

Bios of Greitens’ other top aides supplied by his transition office:

Lucinda Luetkemeyer, general counsel

Lucinda Luetkemeyer is an attorney with Graves Garrett LLC specializing in political law, government enforcement matters, and complex commercial litigation. She graduated first in her class from the University of Missouri School of Law and began her career as a law clerk to the Hon. Duane Benton of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers.

Jennae Neustadt, legislative director

Jennae Neustadt served as chief of staff to Sen. Bob Onder for the past two years, previously spending four years as Chief of Staff to Senator John Lamping. Prior to that she served as a law clerk to Michael J. Copps of the Federal Communications Commission. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law.

Will Scharf, policy director

Will Scharf served as policy director on Greitens’ campaign, following a law practice at Bryan Cave, LLP in St. Louis. A graduate of Princeton University, Scharf served as the president of Harvard Law School’s chapter of the Federalist Society and was a teaching fellow in Harvard’s Department of Government.

Steve Kraske, 816-234-4312, @stevekraske

Jason Hancock: 573-634-3565, @j_hancock