Luke Messer

Luke Messer

INDIANA's 6th DISTRICT

Congressman Luke Messer on President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba

2014/12/17

WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement after President Obama announced his intentions to normalize relations with Cuba: “We do not forget our own, and we are all relieved that Alan Gross will be reunited with his family after five long years of false imprisonment in Cuba.  Unfortunately, his release comes with a unilateral decision from the President to normalize relations with a dictatorship that has shown complete disregard for human rights. For the last 50 years, Presidents from both sides of the aisle have understood that the United States cannot reward bad behavior from the Cuban regime.  Until the people of Cuba are free and their civil liberties are respected, the United States should not engage with the Cuban government or provide sanctions relief.”  ### Read More

Congressman Luke Messer releases statement on government funding bill

2014/12/12

WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer released the following statement after the bipartisan passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015: “This funding bill is not perfect. But, it’s a responsible way forward.  It keeps the government open and preserves our opportunity to fight the President’s executive amnesty next year when we’re on better footing to do so and in control of both chambers of Congress.  We have a commitment from the Speaker that we will fight executive amnesty when the new Congress convenes. I will work to make sure that commitment is kept.” Read More

The ABLE Act

2014/12/05

For too long, individuals with disabilities and their families have been forced into an unfair choice—stay poor and rely on government assistance or work to be more self-sufficient and completely give up much-needed government benefits.   This week, the U.S. House of Representatives did something about that unfairness by passing the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act.  This act gives the disabled an important third option—the option to participate in the labor force without being forced off of the social safety net.   Currently, because of antiquated laws, Americans living with disabilities cannot have more than $2,000 in assets before putting their Medicaid benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in jeopardy.  This arbitrary cap keeps many folks with disabilities from working, saving and otherwise living the American Dream.     Under the ABLE Act, Americans with disabilities will no longer be held to this arbitrarily low asset standard.  Instead, they can set up tax-free ABLE Accounts - similar to the 529 savings accounts many families use to save for future education expenses.  ABLE Accounts will allow those with physical and mental challenges to save for their education or workforce training.  They can also use the account to cover medical expenses not covered by private insurance or Medicaid.  Whatever their choice, those with physical and mental challenges will now have access to the same types of flexible savings tools already used by other Americans to help pay for education, health care and retirement expenses.    The ABLE Act is not only great for individuals with disabilities and their families; it is also good for the economy.  It opens up the workforce and allows those with physical and mental challenges to participate in society without being beholden to the government.   Americans with disabilities will now have the chance to earn money, save for themselves and break through the financial glass ceiling that has unfairly held many of them back.  That is a win-win for everybody. I’m proud to have cosponsored and voted for this common-sense, bipartisan legislation. It is my hope that this important bill moves quickly through the Senate and onto the President’s desk.   Read More

Congressman Messer statement on Obama Administration's decision to extend nuclear negotiations with Iran

2014/11/28

WASHINGTON--Congressman Luke Messer released the following statement after the Obama Administration announced it will extend nuclear negotions with Iran: “With the Thanksgiving holiday and other major current events, many folks missed the news that the Obama Administration has extended nuclear negotiations with Iran into the middle of next year.  If not handled appropriately, this extension could undermine the United States’ ability to negotiate from a position of strength and reach an agreement that truly makes the world a safer place.  “Iran cannot be rewarded for simply coming to the table without a verifiable intention to give up its nuclear program.  We must, once again, make clear that the United States will do whatever necessary to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. “For our national security and our allies abroad, the United States must not acquiesce to a country who has scoffed at international norms and obligations for decades.  It would be a fatal concession to allow Iran to retain any capabilities that may lead to a nuclear weapon.  “Unless Iran fundamentally changes course and makes real concessions, the U.S. must continue to toughen sanctions, not weaken them.  Economic pressure from those sanctions is the only thing bringing Iran to the negotiating table.”   Read More

Transforming common days into days of Thanksgiving

2014/11/24

One of my favorite quotes about Thanksgiving comes from a celebrated Christian writer, William Arthur Ward, who once said, “Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving...and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”  Thanksgiving Day gives us a yearly reminder to count our God-given blessings.  It’s a time to focus on what we have, rather than on what we don’t.  President Lincoln exemplified this attitude of gratitude.  He had countless reasons to be downtrodden and ungrateful.  America was torn by civil war.  Brothers were fighting brothers.  And, the future of the great American experiment was in jeopardy.  Yet, Lincoln was the first President to declare Thanksgiving Day a national holiday.  He said in 1863, “The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come…the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.”  Lincoln spoke these words during one of the most difficult times in our young nation’s history.  Yet, he found reasons to be thankful.  Today, America faces different, but still difficult challenges.  Too many middle class families are struggling to make ends meet.  The future of our health care structure remains uncertain.  Our immigration system is in desperate need of reform, and our national security continues to be threatened by terrorists who seek to destroy our way of life.   Yet, these challenges are mere obstacles. They present yet another opportunity to prove to the world that America will rise to meet our challenges and emerge even stronger than before.   The desire for freedom of religion and speech, the respect for the rule of law, and the belief that government should not intrude on the everyday lives of its citizens are the very ideas that brought the Pilgrims to this land.  These principles are the key to bringing prosperity back to our great country. Because of the profound foresight of our Founding Fathers, we have a system of government that protects these ideals.  And, for that I am truly thankful.  I am also thankful this Thanksgiving season for the opportunity to serve the people of Indiana’s 6th Congressional District.  You have placed a lot of trust in me, and I work every day to represent our shared Hoosier values here in Congress.  I’m grateful for my family.   My wife and children bring joy to my life every day.  And, finally, I’m thankful for our nation’s challenges, because they provide us with an opportunity to grow and improve this great country and work every day to enhance the lives of its citizens.  So, let’s enjoy the holiday season with friends and family, and then get back to work to ensure this nation of ours remains great for this generation and the next. Read More

Congressman Messer congratulates Rep. Brooks and Dr. Bucshon on Energy & Commerce Committee appointments

2014/11/20

WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer released the following statement after Dr. Larry Bucshon and Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks were appointed to serve on the Committee on Energy and Commerce: “Congratulations to my good friends and Indiana colleagues Congresswoman Brooks and Dr. Bucshon on their appointments to the Energy and Commerce Committee.  Their expertise and insights will be a great asset to this important panel that has jurisdiction over issues that are vital to our state and have a significant impact on the everyday lives of Hoosiers.  I look forward to their good work in the 114th Congress.” Read More

Congressman Messer blasts President Obama’s executive amnesty plan

2014/11/20

WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement in anticipation of President Obama’s announcement tonight that he will grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants currently living in the United States: “As the President said a year ago, he is ‘not a king.’ He’s also not an ‘emperor.’ The American people won’t stand for it and neither will those of us who were sent to Congress to represent them.  We must stop this President from ignoring the Constitution, and I will do whatever necessary through the legislative process to block him from granting blanket amnesty.” Read More

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer wins key House GOP post

2014/11/14

WASHINGTON — Indiana Rep. Luke Messer was elected Thursday to the No. 5 House GOP leadership slot, a position he said he will use to show Republicans can help working families. “We need a positive agenda, so we’re not defined by just what we oppose,” Messer said after his colleagues elected him chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee for the next Congress. Messer called the panel the party's “engine for policy development.” “It will give our area a bigger voice in the national debate,” the Shelbyville Republican told Indiana reporters. Messer beat New York Rep. Tom Reed 137 to 90 after Georgia Rep. Rob Woodall was knocked out on the first ballot. Both Reed and Woodall have served two years more than Messer, who is finishing his first term. Indiana Rep. Todd Young said Republicans recognized that Messer is “an incredibly capable person” with a “strong policy mind and a real clear grasp of politics.” Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie called Messer “probably the best listener I have met here in Congress.” “He’s always able to articulate what I think better than what I can,” Massie said after the election. “He’s also committed to working very hard at this job.” Messer said the bill lawmakers are voting on this week to approve the Keystone XL pipeline is a “great start” to advancing an agenda that will help working families. He also wants to make changes to the Affordable Care Act while working toward a broader repeal. “(Former Indiana Gov.) Mitch Daniels always said elections are green flags, not checkered flags, so now the hard work begins,” Messer said. The election was held behind closed doors in a House office building as Republicans lunched on Subway sandwiches. Messer's wife, Jennifer, was present as Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks and two other colleagues gave nominating speeches for Messer. Jennifer Messer had to leave to pick up their three children from school while the ballots were being cast so Messer sent a "We won" text to the family, who hurried back. Messer, 45, has served as president of his GOP freshman class and had been the first of the three candidates to announce he was running for the policy job. He had emphasized that he wanted to use the position to help lawmakers produce and advance legislation. “He worked very hard,” Brooks said. “I think he talked to almost everyone in our conference.” Messer also contributed more than $100,000 to congressional candidates and to the campaign arm of House Republicans. And he sent aides to help several campaigns. The current chairman of the policy committee, Oklahoma Rep. Jim Lankford, was elected to the Senate last week. Gov. Mike Pence, who is Messer's predecessor and the last Hoosier to serve in GOP leadership, had written a letter to his former colleagues on Messer's behalf. Pence called Messer a "principled conservative" and a "strong messenger." "He knows that message matters and plays an integral role in our ability to deliver for the American people," Pence wrote in his support letter. In addition to gaining a seat at the leadership table, Messer will have a budget of about $80,000 to pay for support staff and materials. Although he has just one term under his belt, Messer gained Capitol Hill experience as an aide in the 1990s. He also served in the Indiana General Assembly and was executive director of the Indiana Republican Party. Asked if he hopes to move up the leadership ladder, Messer said his philosophy has been to "do your current job and do it well and you never know what doors might open later." Read More

Lawmaker urges for more to be done on Ebola

2014/10/20

SHELBYVILLE, Ind.--While federal government officials and officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to address the Ebola issue, a lawmaker who represents Shelby County said more should be done. U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, who represents Shelby County in the 6th Congressional District, urged Ebola Czar Ron Klain to help lead the effort to combat Ebola immediately. “We all know the old saying ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ There are steps we could be taking right now to prevent the spread of Ebola before it becomes a widespread health care crisis in the U.S.,” Messer said in a press release issued by his staff. Messer joins U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, as urging for more to be done. Brooks, who hails from Carmel and chairs a House panel on emergency preparedness, urged the CDC to block people from flying for at least three weeks if they’re a health care worker who has treated an Ebola patient. In a letter to the CDC, Brooks wrote, “Given the deadly nature of this virus and its long incubation period, the Do Not Board list can serve as an added layer to protect public health and prevent a tragic situation from becoming much worse.” Messer called on the Obama administration to implement the following: issue a temporary travel ban into the U.S. from countries where Ebola is widespread and temporarily stop issuing visas to travelers from West African nations. “I’m mindful of the concerns about banning travel from West African nations. But until we have demonstrated the capacity to contain Ebola in this country, we shouldn’t continue to allow unfettered travel between West Africa and the United States,” Messer said. CDC Director Tom Frieden told the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee last week that the Obama administration has not ruled out imposing restrictions on travel to and from West Africa to protect Americans from the disease. Messer has asked for a requirement for American Ebola patients to be treated at designated high-risk facilities and require the CDC to develop a contingency plan in the event of a widespread Ebola outbreak in the U.S.; Require mandatory monitoring of all individuals traveling from West Africa to the U.S. and an expansion of airport screenings of international flights at additional U.S. airports. Once the protocols are in place, any travel or visa bans could be lifted, according to Messer. “These protocols won’t be cheap, but America must provide whatever resources and funding is necessary to ensure we stop this deadly virus. Ebola is not only a national security threat; it is a threat to the world community that has to be stopped at its source,” Messer said. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Paul Gable is the editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Gable on Twitter @PaulGableTSN. Read More

Congressman Luke Messer calls on the Administration to show decisive leadership to combat Ebola

2014/10/17

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Luke Messer welcomed the President’s appointment of Ebola Czar, Ron Klain, to help lead the effort to combat Ebola.  He also called on Klain to show decisive leadership and act quickly to combat the spread of this deadly virus. “We all know the old saying ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’” said Congressman Luke Messer. “There are steps we could be taking right now to prevent the spread of Ebola before it becomes a widespread health care crisis in the U.S.”    Congressman Messer called on the Administration to implement the following protocols: Issue a temporary travel ban into the United States from countries where the Ebola virus is widespread. Temporarily stop issuing visas to travelers from West African nations. “I’m mindful of the concerns about banning travel from West African nations,” said Congressman Messer. “But, until we have demonstrated the capacity to contain Ebola in this country, we shouldn’t continue to allow unfettered travel between West Africa and the United States.” Congressman Messer believes taking the following steps will better prepare the nation to contain the Ebola virus.  Once these protocols are in place, any travel or visa bans could be lifted: Require American Ebola patients to be treated at designated high-risk facilities and require the CDC to develop a contingency plan in the event of a widespread Ebola outbreak in the U.S. Currently, there are four facilities in the U.S. properly equipped to handle Ebola patients.  Anyone infected with Ebola should be transferred to one of these facilities.  If these facilities reach capacity, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) should have a contingency plan in place to determine where additional patients should be treated.   The health care workers at these designated hospitals should be trained and properly equipped to protect themselves from infection and prevent transmission to the general population. Require mandatory monitoring of all individuals traveling from West Africa to the U.S.  Anyone who has traveled between West Africa and the U.S. should be required to check-in at the closest health care facility on a regular basis to be physically examined until the 21-day incubation period has passed and it is determined they have not been infected with the Ebola virus.  Expand airport screenings of international flights at additional U.S. airports.  Currently, Ebola screenings are being conducted at five international airports—JFK (New York), Dulles (Washington, D.C), O’Hare (Chicago), Liberty International (Newark), and Hartsfield-Jackson (Atlanta). Additional screening should be conducted at the next tier of international airports that have a high number of inbound international flights on which individuals potentially infected with Ebola could be onboard. “These protocols won’t be cheap, but America must provide whatever resources and funding is necessary to ensure we stop this deadly virus,” said Congressman Messer.  “Ebola is not only a national security threat; it is a threat to the world community that has to be stopped at its source.”    Read More

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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.”


Serving With

Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

Marlin Stutzman

INDIANA's 3rd DISTRICT

Todd Rokita

INDIANA's 4th DISTRICT

Susan Brooks

INDIANA's 5th DISTRICT

Larry Bucshon

INDIANA's 8th DISTRICT

Todd Young

INDIANA's 9th DISTRICT