Luke Messer

Luke Messer


Congress coming to Greenfield


The open enrollment period for insurance plans mandated by the Affordable Care Act is just months away.  For most Hoosiers, that means a bigger bite out of their monthly budgets next year.  Health insurance premiums in Indiana will go up an average of 13% in 2015 according to a study conducted by the Health Research Institute.   That means individual Hoosiers can expect to pay about $497 per month for insurance without government subsidies.  That’s not affordable, despite the law’s title. Employers across the state are facing the same harsh reality.  Business owners and cash-strapped school corporations are grappling with how to deal with a provision of the law that requires them to provide costly health insurance that many of their employees neither want nor need.  These schools and businesses are facing big fines if they don’t.  That’s bad for business and terrible for students.  Shelbyville Central Schools estimates the Affordable Care Act will cost $794,000 annually.  Southern Hancock School Corporation estimates the cost at $450,000.  To help deal with the increased strain on already cash-strapped budgets, bus drivers, teachers’ aides, and other support staff have already had their hours reduced.  The largest school district in Indiana, Fort Wayne Community Schools, has calculated that it would either face $10 million of added compliance costs or be forced to pay $8 million in fines to the IRS to comply with the mandate.  The district has been forced to cut the hours of more than 600 part-time cafeteria workers and teacher aides as a result. Small business owners have to make the same tough choices.  The law’s redefinition of what is means to work full-time—30 hours—makes more employers with fewer employees subject to the same fines as schools unless they provide costly insurance.  According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, these tough choices will reduce labor force compensation and push as many as 2.3 million people out of the workforce over the next seven years.  This “new normal” for our nation’s workforce is not OK.  The House of Representatives has acted to stop this damage by voting to repeal, delay, and defund this law.  But the Senate has failed to follow suit.  They need to hear your voices.  That’s why the Committee on Education and the Workforce, of which I am a member, has decided to hold a field hearing in Greenfield entitled “The Effects of the President’s Health Care Law on Indiana’s Classrooms and Workplaces.”  It’s a chance for Hoosier school and business leaders to express their concerns to Congress and draw attention to the harm the President’s health care law is having on students and workers.  The hearing, held by the Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, will bring together members of Congress from around the state and nation to hear first-hand how this law is hurting Hoosiers.  The hearing is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Greenfield City Hall located at 10 S. State Street in Greenfield.  I look forward to bringing Congress to Greenfield and invite you to join us on September 4th.  Please contact my Washington office at (202) 225-3021 if you have any questions regarding the hearing. Read More

More than 65 employers looking to hire attend 6th District Job Fair in Lawrenceburg


WASHINGTON—The 6th Congressional District Job Fair in Lawrenceburg was a big success last Thursday.  More than 200 job seekers came through Ivy Tech Community college and had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with over 65 employers from across the region.  “Thanks to committed community partners and engaged regional employers we had a great job fair in Lawrenceburg last week.   I’m glad we were able to give Hoosiers who are either unemployed or under employed the opportunity to meet with dozens of businesses in our area looking to hire.” The 6th District Job Fair in Lawrenceburg was hosted in conjunction with WorkOne Southeast and the Dearborn County Commissioners. Dearborn County Comissioner Kevin Lynch said, "I am thankful to our Congressman, Luke Messer, for his attendance and personal touch.  It is very apparent by his actions and time spent with those participating in this even that he truly cares.  We are overwhelmed by the positive feedback received during and immediately following thi sevent.  It is a great feeling to see our community come together in such a unified manner. When this happens, we are destined to achieve and succeed." This is the second year Congressman Messer has teamed up with WorkOne Southeast and the Dearborn County Commissioners for the Lawrenceburg Job Fair.  For a look at photos from the event be sure to visit    Congressman Messer also hosts an annual job fair in Muncie each summer.  This year’s event took place July 2, 2014, at Ball State University. Read More

Defending the Constitution


Last week, the House passed a bill authorizing Speak John Boehner to take legal action against the President for his historic abuse of executive power.  While no one takes joy in this lawsuit, it was an important step in defending the U.S. Constitution.  By signing the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, our Founding Fathers established three separate but equal branches of government.   Under this system, each branch acts as a restraint on the powers of the other two.  Most of us learned this basic civics lesson in elementary school.  We were taught that our system of "checks and balances" protects our nation from tyranny and ensures that no American leader is above the law.  When President Obama was a U.S. Senator he seemed to recognize the constitutional limitation of the Presidency.  Back then, he said, “The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the Executive Branch and not go through Congress at all.”  Today, President Obama takes a much different approach.  When faced with disagreements with Congress, the President now vows to govern with his "phone and pen," because “we are not just going to be waiting for legislation.”   As a former constitutional law professor, the President should know better. To be clear, President Obama isn't the first President to stretch the bounds of executive authority.  Inherent tensions between the legislative branch—which makes the laws—and the executive branch—which enforces  them—have existed since the earliest days of our Republic.  But, this President’s consistent disregard of the law and his willingness to act unilaterally on major issues without congressional authorization are truly without equal.  On matters ranging from health care to energy, foreign policy to immigration, President Obama has repeatedly circumvented Congress through executive action.  By refusing to enforce laws that he disagrees with, the President has created his own laws and excused himself from his constitutional responsibility to execute the statutes he is sworn to enforce.   That’s not how laws are made in America.   The President’s supporters dismiss these concerns by pointing out he has issued fewer executive orders than his predecessors.  That argument misses the point.  The problem is with the consequence of those orders, not just the number.  Moreover, this President, in many cases, has simply ignored the law—like secretly releasing five dangerous terrorists without consulting Congress.  He also has bypassed executive orders in favor of less official ways of acting, like having staff issue agency-wide letters about stopping deportations or posting blog entries to tell us about delays and changes to his health care law.  Proponents of the President’s actions may cheer him today.  But, they may regret it when future presidents are emboldened to run roughshod over the people’s representatives and exercise power in the same manner tomorrow. We cannot let that happen, and that's why I support the House lawsuit.  It seeks to protect the Constitution and keep America a place where no leader is above the law. Read More

Congressman Luke Messer votes for House bill to address border crisis


WASHINGTON--Congressman Luke Messer released the following statement after the House passed legislation to address the crisis at the border: “The President has made an absolute mess of our immigration system.  Tens of thousands of children have crossed the border under the assumption they can stay because the President continues to reward those who have broken our immigration laws.  There’s nothing compassionate about giving false hope.  The plan we just passed will help address this problem in the short term and will ensure these kids are treated humanely, processed quickly and sent back home safely.” Read More

Congressman Luke Messer votes to defend the Constitution


WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement after the House voted to authorize  Speaker Boehner to take legal action against the President for his abuse of executive power specifically as it relates to the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act (H. Res. 676): “Nobody takes joy in this lawsuit.  But, if the President insists on ignoring the law, Congress has the duty to defend the Constitution and restore the balance of power. That’s what this lawsuit is all about.” For video of Congressman Luke Messer’s speech on the House floor in support of H. Res. 676 click here.   The text of the full speech is below: “The President has taken the oath of office two times. “Twice he has sworn to faithfully execute the laws. “Twice he has sworn to protect and defend the Constitution. “Yet he has unilaterally delayed the employer mandate of his own health care law—twice. “On topic after topic, this President has violated the law through overreaching executive action—often not even bothering to issue an executive order. “Our former constitutional law professor turned President should know that it’s Congress’ job to make the laws. “And, it’s his job to carry them out—not make them up. “That’s why the House is asking the judicial branch to step-in and referee this dispute. “Champions of the President’s choices today, may regret when regret when future presidents are empowered to run roughshod over the people’s Representatives. “Let’s defend the Constitution and support the House lawsuit.” Read More

Congressman Luke Messer votes to reform the VA and provide veterans better access to care


Today, Congressman Luke Messer voted for the Veterans’ Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3230).  This bill reforms the Veterans Administration (VA) and provides better access to quality care for our nation’s veterans.  “Taking care of our veterans shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” said Congressman Luke Messer. “After years of mismanagement at the VA, I’m glad we were able to get legislation passed that reforms the system and gives veterans better access to the care they’ve earned and deserve.” H.R. 3230 improves medical access, requires real accountability for the VA’s senior management, and improves education benefits for veterans and their dependents through the following provisions: Allows veterans to receive care at private medical facilities if the veteran is unable to secure an appointment at a VA facility within 30 days Provides funding to hire more doctors and nurses within the VA system Authorizes the VA to fire or demote senior executives for poor performance or misconduct in a more expedient manner Requires public colleges to provide in-state tuition to vets and eligible dependents to remain qualified to receive G.I. Bill education payments For more information on the Veterans’ Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, visit Veterans' Affairs Committee website.  The bill passed with overwhelmingly bipartisan support 420 to 5. Read More

Congressman Luke Messer gears up for 2nd Job Fair of the summer


WASHINGTON (July 23, 2014)—Congressman Luke Messer is gearing up for the second 6th Congressional District Job Fair of the summer.  The Job Fair will take place Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg.     More than 75 employers have now signed-up to attend.  The Job Fair is open to the public from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. and will open one hour early, at 1 p.m., for veterans only.     “Thanks to strong leadership in our state, Indiana’s unemployment rate is less than 6-percent,” said Congressman Luke Messer.  “But, that’s still too high.  In this struggling economy too many hard-working Hoosiers are having a difficult time finding good-paying jobs.  That’s why I’m glad we’re able to partner with some great local organizations to host two job fairs this summer with dozens of regional employers looking to hire.  The job fair in Muncie in July was a big success, and I look forward to seeing everyone in Lawrenceburg!”   Employers scheduled to attend Lawrenceburg job fair: Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corporation (SIEOC) MSW Packaging Advantage Resourcing Caring First Home Health Strategic Talent Connections Two Hawk Employment Services Dearnborn County Government Securitas Security Services Forethought, a Global Atlantic Company Hill-Rom Company, Inc. ClearPoint Federal Bank & Trust Army National Guard AWS-Benchmark Proteus, Inc. Baylor Trucking, Inc. NVIC - North Vernon Industry Corp. Staffmark Transportation Batesville Casket Company McLane Foodservice Grote Industries ECU Staffing Multi Services, Inc. Hubert Company, LLC SMX Gardens Alive Belterra Casino Resort Indiana Wesleyan University Speedway, LLC Experience Works, Inc. SIILC Home Care The Waters of Dillsboro-Ross Manor Trustaff Personnel Service New Horizons Rehabilitation Diversco Family Connections Disability Employment Initiative/Southeast Indiana Workforce Investment Board Trillium Driver Solutions Western & Southern Life Insurance Honda MFG of Indiana, LLC Interim Healthcare RidgeWood Health Campus DHL Shady Nook CTS Driving Academy at Ivy Tech/Center for Transportation Safety Kelly Services, Inc. River Valley Financial Bank Silver Memories Healthcare East Indiana Area Health Education Center (EI AHEC) AccuDoc Urgent Care Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Staff Mark Northern Kentucky Career Veterans Crum Trucking, Inc. Danette Volpenhein Baylor Trucking St. Andrews Health Campus Personal Touch Home Care Select Department of Child Services State of Indiana Gaming Commission Youth Villages Brighton Center--IHCDA (Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority Heartwood Mfg. Rising Star Casino Resort BrainBKT Design & Sign Stelter & Brinck Arch Design Window Door Co. Fleet Staff North American Stainless Primerica Health and Home Essentials United States Army Taco Bell Admission to the 6th Congressional District job fair is free.  No pre-registration for attendees is required. The number of participating employers is subject to change. If you need additional information on the job fair, please contact Tim Hawkins at or 317-421-0704.  If you are a member of the press and have questions regarding the job fair, please contact Liz Hill at or 202-225-3021. The 6th Congressional District Job Fair in Lawrenceburg is being held in cooperation with WorkOne Southeast, Ivy Tech Community College and Dearborn County Commissioners. Read More

Congressman Messer welcomes Batesville H.S. alumnus to Congress


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Shining a light on the Federal Reserve


If you are like most Americans, you probably have heard of the Federal Reserve.  But, you may not know much about what the Fed actually does or the very real ways its decisions impact your day-to-day life.  The Federal Reserve was founded by Congress in 1913 to ensure a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system. What that means today is that the Fed has broad authority to set monetary policy and regulate the American financial system.  Its policies have broad economic implications for the nation, and they impact Main Street just as much as Wall Street.  The Fed helps set interest rates.  It makes rules banks and other financial institutions must follow.  It provides credit to banks in emergency situations.  It uses monetary policy to make sure the economy doesn’t grow too quickly or too slowly.  It encourages maximum employment and controls inflation.  The Fed even has the power to print money.  This means the Fed’s policies and decisions partly determine how much money you can borrow, how much it will cost to borrow that money, the value of your investments, and the regulations governing many of your financial transactions.   This extraordinary power comes with great risk.  Years of Fed policies—that kept interest rates artificially low, allowed big financial institutions to make risky investments with your money, and permitted lax lending policies—enabled the housing crisis that brought our economy to its knees.  That left many with homes worth much less than they paid for them.  Many lost their jobs.  Small towns across rural America were devastated.  Our economy still hasn’t fully recovered.  Unfortunately, without a change in law, Congress can’t police the Fed properly.  Current law allows the Fed to operate in virtual secrecy, not justifying its actions to Congress like most federal agencies are required to do. The Fed also has so much discretion that it often appears its decisions are reached arbitrarily and subjectively instead of in an objective and systematic manner.  That has to change. As a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, I recently participated in a hearing with the Fed’s new chairman, Janet Yellen.  I came away from that hearing believing more than ever that Congress needs to make the Fed more accountable to the American people.  That’s why I have cosponsored the Federal Reserve Accountability and Transparency Act (H.R. 5018), which will require the Fed to operate more transparently and be more responsive to the people’s representatives.  The bill establishes a framework within which the Fed must operate so its deliberations are more open and understandable and its decisions are reached more systematically.  Specifically, the legislation requires the Fed to conduct a cost-benefit analysis when it adopts new rules; provide more information to Congress more regularly; open its rulemaking process; and adopt a more standard rules-based approach to monetary policy or be audited.   The measure also requires disclosure of the salaries of highly-paid employees and requires those employees to abide by the same ethical requirements as other federal financial regulators. Together, these reforms will empower Congress to provide better oversight of the Fed on behalf of the American people.  We cannot continue to allow a largely unaccountable Central Bank to exert such enormous influence over our economy and our lives in such a secretive manner.  I am committed to shining a light on the Fed and its operation so it is more open and accountable in its management of the American people’s money and guidance of our economy. Read More

Rep. Luke Messer urges for adopted child to be released to his parents in Muncie


WASHINGTON--Today, Congressman Luke Messer delivered a speech from the House floor urging for a child, stuck in the Congo, to be released to his adoptive parents in Muncie, Indiana.  Ashley and Jonathan Riegler legally adopted Chiza, who is HIV positive, on August 27, 2013.  Nearly a year later, he has not been able to come home to be with his parents and two siblings. While stuck in the Congo, Chiza has not been receiving the proper care or life-saving medication he so desperately needs. Just last week, Congressman Messer sent a letter to Ambassador Susan Jacobs who is with the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues.  The letter urged for the expedition of Chiza’s field investigation, which has taken far longer than the typical three to six months.  While field investigations are critical to ensuring transparency and accountability in intercountry adoptions, this process has taken far too long.  “All children, regardless of where or the circumstances into which they are born, deserve loving families,” said Congressman Luke Messer from the House floor. “I’ll continue working to make that dream a reality for the Riegler’s and others like them who simply want to love and care for their adoptive children who desperately need both.” For video of Congressman Messer’s speech click here.  The full text of the speech is below.   "There’s a loving family in my congressional district who has a safe home for a little boy who needs a lot of love and care.   "The Riegler’s, who live in Muncie, adopted their son Chiza last August.  "This adorable little boy is stuck in the Congo for political reasons that have nothing to do with his specific situation.  "As a nation, we should refuse to accept the continued separation of Congolese children from their adoptive American parents—especially children, like Chiza, with urgent medical needs. "All children, regardless of where or the circumstances into which they are born, deserve loving families. "I’ll continue working to make that dream a reality for Chiza and the Riegler’s and other families like them who simply want to love and care for their adoptive children who desperately need both." Read More

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3021
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Luke Messer is the Congressman for Indiana’s 6th Congressional District, a 19 county region of east-central and southeastern Indiana comprised of manufacturing and agricultural communities. Elected President of the Freshman Class by his peers, Messer serves on the House Committees on Budget, Foreign Affairs, and Education & the Workforce.

Congressman Messer is a 6th-generation Hoosier and national advocate for limited government, fiscal discipline, a strong national defense, and traditional values. Messer opposes bailouts, government takeovers and runaway federal spending.

Prior to his service in Congress, Luke Messer gained experience as a lawyer and former two-term State Representative working with Governor Daniels on budget issues as a Member of the Indiana House Ways & Means Committee. Messer is an accomplished education reformer: authoring nationally recognized high school drop-out reform legislation in the Indiana Statehouse and serving in the private sector as the President and CEO of the Hoosiers for Economic Growth Network & School Choice Indiana.

Raised by a single-mom who still works at a factory in Greensburg Indiana, Luke Messer was taught the value of hard work at an early age.  He worked his way through school with jobs that included collecting garbage, mowing lawns, waiting tables, telemarketing and umpiring baseball games.  Eventually, Messer graduated summa cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa from Wabash College.  Luke earned his law degree at Vanderbilt University where he also served on the Law Review.

Luke and his wife Jennifer have two daughters, one son and three dogs.  Luke has also served as an elder at his church and is the author of a children’s book about Indiana entitled “Hoosier Heart.”

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