Luke Messer

Luke Messer

INDIANA's 6th DISTRICT

Messer Highlights Commitment to Protect Religious Liberty

2016/05/27

Since being elected as your Representative in Congress in 2012, I have always been clear - I support religious liberty and oppose discrimination. My vote on the Energy and Water Appropriations Act and its amendments reflect those principles. Last week, Mr. Maloney offered an amendment that would have barred federal contractors from making employment decisions based on one’s sexual orientation or gender identity without regard for the employer’s religious convictions. I opposed that amendment because it lacked the necessary and vital safeguards for religious liberty that were included in a modified version this week.

As modified, the Maloney amendment provided protections “as required by the First Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, and Article I of the Constitution.” In addition, an amendment offered by Mr. Byrne that was adopted would protect the rights of religious corporations, associations, educational institutions, and societies to act in accordance with their own religious convictions. These changes provided the requisite protections for faith-based employers that I felt were needed.

These amendments had nothing to do with schools and did not codify the President’s unprecedented overreach into our nation’s school bathrooms. If it had, I would not have supported it. That is why I introduced legislation last week that would prohibit the federal government from making these decisions and instead return the authority to state and local officials to determine their own bathroom policies.

Freedom of religion is our constitutional right. No amendment should ever even come close to jeopardizing that freedom. I will always prioritize protecting our ability to exercise our own faith while at the same time encouraging equal protection under the law for all Americans. 

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Messer Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Address Article V Recordkeeping

2016/05/24

WASHINGTON—This week, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Article V Records Transparency Act (H.R. 5306), to ensure states are able to exercise their authority under Article V of the Constitution by restructuring the recordkeeping process of Article V applications.

Article V of the Constitution provides two methods to amend our founding document.  The first method allows Congress to propose amendments to the states for ratification if two-thirds of both Chambers agree upon a proposed amendment. The second method, known as the convention method, requires Congress to call a convention to consider amendments if two-thirds of the states submit applications requesting such a convention.

Since the founding of our country, states have submitted hundreds of convention applications on a variety of topics. Unfortunately, the federal government has never kept track of these applications. And subsequently, not even the National Archives—the chief record keeping agency of the federal government—knows how many applications actually exist.  

“The current recordkeeping process for these Article V state applications is grossly inadequate,” Messer said. “In crafting the Constitution, the Founders intended for the amendment process to be difficult, but not impossible. Without an official count of how many valid state applications exist, it is virtually impossible for the states to effectuate their authority under the Constitution.

“This legislation is not about driving a specific political agenda or expanding Congressional authority; it’s about making sure the Constitution works as the Founders intended. This bill ensures the federal government keeps track of these applications, so that Congress can carry out its specific duty under the Constitution.”

H.R. 5306 requires the National Archives to find every state application and rescission within two years and transmit them to Congress. The bill then requires the Chairs of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees to post these applications and rescissions on a public website, which would serve as the official database for all Article V records.

The Article V Records Transparency Act is being heralded as a vital piece of legislation by numerous stakeholders, including the Jeffersonian Project, the American Legislative Exchange Council’s  501(c)(4) affiliate, the Friends of the Article V Convention, Assembly of State Legislatures (ASL), the Compact for America, the Madison Coalition, the Compact for a Balanced Budget, and constitutional scholars Prof. Rob Natelson (University of Montana) and Prof. Larry Lessig (Harvard).

Friends of the Article V Convention Co-Founder Bill Walker said the bill “corrects a massive government records issue too long ignored which must, in order to satisfy a constitutional requirement, be addressed by Congress now.”  While Prof. Rob Natelson, considered by many to be the country’s most renowned Article V scholar, notes that “By necessary implication, Article V requires Congress to tally applications, correlate them by subject matter, keep track of any state legislative rescissions thereof, and store them appropriately. […] However, Congress has never adopted a consistent and workable procedure for receiving or storing those applications and rescissions. This bill fills that gap [in recordkeeping].”

H.R. 5306 is also being supported by broad coalition of legislators, including democrat Members Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL); the House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA); the Judiciary Subcommittee Chair on the Constitution and Civil Justice Trent Franks (R-AZ); the Rules Subcommittee Chair on the Rules and Organization of the House Steve Stivers (R-OH); Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL); and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX).

“I’m pleased the legislation has garnered the support of such a broad and bipartisan coalition of House Members and stakeholders,” Messer continued. “Although it’s not clear where or when our recordkeeping process broke down, it is clear that this problem must be addressed. The Article V Records Transparency Act provides a simple solution to an issue that has persisted for far too long.”

For the full text of H.R. 5306, please click here.

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Congressman Messer honors 6th District students for academic achievement

2016/05/24

BATESVILLE, Ind. (May 24, 2016)—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) honored dozens of students from east-central and southeastern Indiana Thursday evening for their academic achievement during the 2015-2016 school year.  The top male and female 8th grade students from middle schools across Indiana’s 6th Congressional District were presented the 8th Grade Scholar award by Congressman Messer.  The ceremony, sponsored by Hillenbrand and Ivy Tech Community College, took place at Batesville High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016.   

“These students should be very proud of their academic achievement,” said Congressman Messer. “It’s an honor every year to be able to recognize outstanding young people in our area for their dedication to their education.  I hope that this award encourages these rising 9th graders to continue to strive for excellence and to be leaders both inside and outside of the classroom.”

Students were selected by their teachers at each individual school to receive the 8th Grade Scholar Award. 

List of 8th Grade Scholar Award Recipients by County:

Bartholomew
Bhavey Jain, Central Middle School; Jennifer Kang, Central Middle School; Melanie Taylor, Hauser Junior High School; Sam Johnson, Hauser Junior High School; Cameron Wischmeyer, St. Bartholomew; Elizabeth King, St. Bartholomew; Vivek Hebbar, Northside Middle School; Emie Kiser, Northside Middle School; Noah Voelker, White Creek Lutheran; Alyssa Schultz, White Creek Lutheran

Dearborn
Casey Radenheimer, St. Lawrence; Sarah Bagshaw, St. Lawrence; Wyatt Parks, South Dearborn Middle School; Samantha Engle, Sunman-Dearborn Middle School; Kasey Carr, Sunman-Dearborn Middle School; Nicole Kreimer, South Dearborn Middle School

Decatur
Craig Adams, North Decatur Junior High School; Eli Anderson, Greensburg Junior High School; Kate Burkhart, Greensburg Junior High School; Connor Bower, South Decatur Junior-Senior High School;  Kalie Fry, South Decatur Junior-Senior High School; Craig Allen, North Decatur Junior-Senior High School; Jane Spreckelson, North Decatur Junior-Senior High School

Delaware
Ashlyn Craig, Daleville Junior High School; Evan Etchison, Daleville Junior-Senior High School; Meagan Bowyer, Hoosier Academy; Cedric Lamb, Hoosier Academy; Gabriel Deka, Hoosier Academy; Amanda Hamrick, Hoosier Academy; Shannon Riegle, Northside Middle School; Laura Rogers, Northside Middle School; Skylar Workman, Selma Middle school

Hancock
Nate Rush, Geist Montessori Academy; Carmella Whipple, Geist Montessori Academy; Cameron Ford Cole, Mt. Vernon Middle School; Andi Nicole Manship, Mt. Vernon Middle School

Henry
Aiden Orcutt, Knightstown Intermediate School; Connor Brookbank, Blue River Valley Junior-Senior High School; Abigail Irvin, Blue River Valley Junior-Senior High School; Emma Moore, Knightstown Intermediate School; Samuel Pederson, Shenandoah Middle School; Rylee Johnson, Shenandoah Middle School

Jefferson
Elias Hanson, Madison Consolidated Junior High School; Trent Haggard, Christian Academy of Madison; Heidi Almaroad, Christian Academy of Madison; Ariel Hall, Madison Consolidated Junior High School

Jennings
Abigail Rowlett, Jennings County Middle School; Wyatt St. John, Jennings County Middle School

Randolph
Isabelle Horn, Lee L. Driver Middle School; Grant Wagner, Lee L. Driver Middle School

Ripley
Reagan Carroll, Jac-Cen-Del Junior/Senior High School; Seth Pohle, Jac-Cen-Del; Abby McCarty, Southern Ripley Junior High; Andrew Conrad, South Ripley Junior High; Matt Riehle, St. Nicholas; Carter Wade, Milan Middle School; Lucy Ortt, Milan Middle School; Clayton Grunkemeyer, Batesville Middle School; Elizabeth Mullen, Batesville Middle School; Adam Scott, St. Louis; Anna Moeller, St. Louis; Ruth Heile, St. Nicholas

Rush
Ethan Chastain, Benjamin Rush Middle School; Julia Holland, Benjamin Rush Middle School

Scott
Jillian Walker, Austin Middle School; Luke Watts, Austin Middle School

Shelby
Anastasia Stevens, Triton Central Middle School; Cassandra Lutes, Morristown Junior High School; Landon Watson, Shelbyville Middle School; Hannah Johnson, Shelbyville Middle School; Alexis Pinnick, Southwestern; Wyatt Schonfeld, Morristown Junior-Senior High School; Ian Carter, Waldron Junior-Senior High School; Madeline Robinson, Waldron Junior-Senior High School; Jaren Childers, Southwestern

Switzerland
Patrick Snow, Switzerland County Middle School; Allison Furnish, Switzerland County Middle School

Union
Haylee Richards, Union County Middle School; Luke Bantz, Union County Middle School

Wayne
Clayton Tompkins, Lincoln Middle School; Emily Keen, Lincoln Middle School; Anastasia Stevens, Test Intermediate School; Jonathan Jellison, Community Christian School; Leah Kessling, Community Christian School; Daulton Coates, Hibberd School; Darian Belcher, Hibberd School; Kenneth Gibson, Test Intermediate School

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Rep. Luke Messer files legislation to block Obama rule on transgender bathrooms

2016/05/19

WASHINGTON — Rep. Luke Messer introduced legislation Wednesday to block the Obama’s administration’s new guidelines that call on schools to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the gender they identify with.

The Shelbyville Republican’s bill would prevent schools from losing federal funding if they don’t follow the guidelines.

Messer said such decisions “should be made at the state and local level by people who will put the interest of our kids ahead of political ideology.”

“It’s irresponsible for the Obama administration to begin this social experiment in the bathrooms of our nation’s elementary schools,” Messer said in a statement.

If Messer’s bill were to be voted on by Congress, it would have to receive enough support to be able to override an expected presidential veto.

The federal guidance was sent to schools last week, the same week the Justice Department and North Carolina exchanged lawsuits over that state's new bathroom law. It requires people to use the public restrooms that correspond to the sex observed on their birth certificate.

Obama said the federal rules are designed to protect transgender students from bullying.

"Anybody who has been in school, in high school, who has been a parent should realize that kids who are sometimes in the minority — kids who have a different sexual orientation or are transgender — are subject to a lot of bullying, potentially," Obama told the website Buzzfeed Monday.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz praised the directive last week. But Indiana Gov. Mike Pence criticized the guidelines, saying "the federal government has no business getting involved in issues of this nature."

While the guidance doesn't have the force of law, it tells schools how the Education Department intends to enforce Title IX — a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in school programs and activities — in the future. And because Title IX is directly tied to federal education funding, the guidance carries an implied threat: Follow the federal guidelines or risk losing those funds.

The letter last week was addressed to all schools that receive federal funding, including 16,500 school districts and 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools. It also applies to charter schools, for-profit schools, libraries and museums that receive federal aid.

Indiana receives more than $1.5 billion in federal funding for various education programs. Another $2.4 billion in federal funds is spent on student loans.

Any threat of funding loss would be directed at the noncompliant school, not the entire state.

But the denial of federal funds appears to be a recourse the federal government is reluctant to take. Addressing the North Carolina law last week, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Obama administration "will not take action to withhold funding while this enforcement action is playing out in the courts."

More than three dozen House Republicans, including Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indianapolis, sent a letter to Obama on Monday asking him to rescind “your poorly executed threat to school districts across the country and reaffirm their right to govern themselves as they see fit within the bounds of the law.”

“We view this as an effort to implement your administration’s political agenda outside the bounds of the law and against the will of the American people,” the lawmakers wrote.

USA TODAY reporter Gregory Korte and IndyStar reporter Chelsea Schneider contributed to this report.

Email Maureen Groppe at mgroppe@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mgroppe.

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Messer files bill to protect public school students from the Obama Administration’s school bathroom mandate

2016/05/18

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) filed a bill that would protect students in public schools from the Obama Administration’s threat to deny federal funding to institutions that do not allow students to use their bathroom of choice regardless of their gender.

On May 13th, the Justice Department issued guidance to schools across the country regarding transgender students.  It states schools must allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their gender identity, not their biological sex or face losing Federal funding under Title IX.

In response, Congressman Messer introduced the PUBLIC School Act (H.R. 5275).  It states that decisions regarding gender identity and the use of school bathrooms and locker rooms should be made at the State and local level, not by the Obama Administration.  It also ensures no school would face Federal penalties for failing to comply should the Administration attempt to withhold Federal funds.

“Everyone on both sides of this debate should be treated with respect,” said Congressman Messer.  “And, through public discourse, I believe we can come to a solution that protects the privacy and dignity of everyone involved.  But, it’s irresponsible for the Obama Administration to begin this social experiment in the bathrooms of our nation’s elementary schools.  Decisions of this magnitude should be made at the state and local level by people who will put the interest of our kids ahead of political ideology.”     

For the full text of the PUBLIC School Act, click here.

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Rep. Messer fights for educators harmed by Obamacare mandates

2016/05/18

WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) went before the House Ways and Means Committee this week to advocate for teachers, faculty, and staff whose paychecks have been cut due to the Obamacare employer mandate.

The employer mandate requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees to either offer minimum essential coverage healthcare coverage or pay a penalty.  Unfortunately, this portion of the President’s health care law is costing cash-strapped school districts millions of dollars.

Congressman Messer’s bill, The SCHOOL Act, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Ways and Means Committee, would exempt schools and education agencies from that portion of the law. 

“I’ve heard from school leaders across the 6th District of Indiana who say their school systems cannot afford the employer mandate,” said Congressman Messer. “One particular superintendent said this portion of the law will cost his school system almost $1 million annually. That means classroom aides will lose their jobs, sports will be cancelled, and access to more up-to-date instructional materials will be diminished.  That’s not fair to our students or our teachers.  The House has taken action to exempt our nation’s veterans from the employer mandate.  Let’s protect our educators as well.”

The House Ways and Means Committee held its “Member Day” on Tuesday which gave all House Members the opportunity to present bills they believe the Committee should consider during this current session of Congress. 

"Today this subcommittee is providing a public platform for Members of Congress to discuss bills they have introduced that modify the way health care is treated in our tax code,” said House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi.Members have put a lot of work into developing and drafting these pieces of legislation. And this Member Day hearing is their opportunity to share with their colleagues— and the American people— why these bills are important and why this committee should take them up."

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Father, son receive replacement awards for military service

2016/05/13

GREENFIELD--Wayne Mocas proudly displayed his military medals — among them the prized Purple Heart — from World War II, honors that still conjure memories of the years spent serving his country.

But the small pieces of metal and ribbon, those tokens of battles survived in Belgium and France, were shinier, newer, than might be expected for a veteran of a war fought some 70 years ago.

That’s thanks to his son, Kent Mocas of Greenfield, who recently spent months working to have his father’s military honors — which were lost throughout the years — replaced. It was an effort that ended up honoring not only his father’s service but his older brother’s; both men recently received replacement medals but also a bit of unexpected news — they had honors waiting that they never knew the military had bestowed upon them.

That surprise surfaced as officials with the National Personnel Records Service in St. Louis went searching for the name, Wayne Mocas. There, they found not only the elder Wayne Mocas, who fought at the Battle of the Bulge, but his son, also named Wayne Mocas, who fought in Vietnam decades later.

The elder Wayne Mocas, who now lives in Cumberland, never knew he’d been awarded a Bronze Star Medal, which is awarded to American military members distinguished by meritorious achievement or service.

And his son, a Greenfield resident, was honored with a Republic of Vietnam gallantry cross with citation — given to soldiers for heroic conduct in battle — which he didn’t know he had received until his brother began his search.

Certain military rules about what qualifies a serviceman or woman for an award have changed over the years, which can leave some veterans unaware they have been honored.

For example, the criteria to earn a Bronze Star — as the elder Wayne Mocas did — were changed after World War II, said John Hatter, director of constituent services for Rep. Luke Messer, whose office spearheaded the effort to replace the family mementos. Many veterans of World War II and earlier conflicts might have not known they earned the honor, Hatter said.

The Mocas family met with Hatter and Messer at Mayor Chuck Fewell’s office last week to transfer ownership of the Vietnam veteran’s replacement medals. The younger Wayne Mocas was awarded the National Defense Medal, a Good Conduct Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, a rifle badge, a Purple Heart and an Army Commendation Medal, Hatter said.

Tracking down and replacing lost service medals is no common event, and it’s a fairly involved process, said Hatter, who can recall only about a half dozen families who have made the request since Messer took office in 2012.

It starts with tracking down the serviceman or woman’s DD214, or Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, a document stored by the National Archives and Records Service.

The next step is to contact the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Hatter said. Staff members there confirm the person’s military service and confirm what medals or commendations the person should have received. The records center then sends notification to the U.S. Army, which must authorize shipment of the medals; the medals are then shipped from Philadelphia.

Among the most prized of the father and son’s replaced medals are their matching Purple Heart awards.

The elder Wayne Mocas earned his Purple Heart because of injuries to his feet from frostbite in the trenches in France.

His son, who is now 68, shipped out to Vietnam when he was barely 20 years old and spent almost a year on the island. He was escorting a convoy when he was shot through his helmet; the bullet grazed the top of his head but left him otherwise uninjured.

“I got cleaned up, and I was back on duty the next morning,” he said. “The doctor said if it had been another quarter-inch lower, I wouldn’t be here.”

The younger Wayne Mocas spoke highly of those who worked to find both his and his father’s military honors.

“They’ve gone out of their way,” he said.

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Rep. Messer to participate in AEI panel on ESAs, School Choice

2016/05/10

Education savings accounts: The new frontier in school choice

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | 9:30 am - 2:00 pm


AEI, Twelfth Floor
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036


School choice has been central to the American education policy debate for a quarter century, but the debate has focused on only school choice. In a potentially profound development, education savings accounts (ESAs) give families almost unfettered control over the public funds allocated for their child’s education, upending assumptions that have framed the school choice debate. Today, many questions and potential challenges accompany new ESA programs, which as of 2015, existed in five states and were introduced in another 16.

AEI and the Foundation for Excellence in Education have commissioned experts to author a series of essays for a first-of-its-kind volume on ESAs. Join us to hear from these authors, in addition to policymakers, practitioners, and advocates for a timely conversation on ESAs and the future of American education reform.

Join the conversation on social media with @AEIeducation and #ESAsatAEI. 

Watch Live Here.


Agenda

9:15 AM
Registration and breakfast

9:30 AM
Opening remarks:
Nat Malkus, AEI

9:35 AM
Panel I: The logic behind ESAs

Panelists:
Max Eden, Manhattan Institute
Tim Keller, Institute for Justice
Matthew Ladner, Foundation for Excellence in Education
Adam Peshek, Foundation for Excellence in Education

Moderator:
Nat Malkus, AEI

10:35 AM
Break

10:45 AM
Panel II: Creating functioning markets with ESAs

Panelists:
John Bailey, Foundation for Excellence in Education
Kevin P. Chavous, American Federation for Children
Nat Malkus, AEI
Michael Q. McShane, Show-Me Institute

Moderator:
Gerard Robinson, AEI

11:45 AM
Lunch

12:05 PM
Lunch conversation

Panelists:
Betsy DeVos, Windquest Group
Luke Messer, US Congress (R-IN)

Moderator:
Gerard Robinson, AEI

12:50 PM
Break

1:00 PM
Panel III: Parents, practitioners, and politics

Panelists:
Robert C. Enlow, Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Allysia Finley, The Wall Street Journal
Scott Hammond, Nevada State Senate
Gerard Robinson, AEI

Moderator:
Adam Peshek, Foundation for Excellence in Education

2:00 PM
Adjournment

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Congressman Luke Messer Honors 6th District Service Academy Nominees

2016/04/29

WASHINGTON—Saturday, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) honored 6th District students who have been nominated and accepted into our nation’s Service Academies.  

“It was a pleasure to get to know this students a bit more over lunch,” said Congressman Luke Messer. “I’m amazed each year by the students in the 6th District who decide at a young age to dedicate themselves to public service.  All of our inspiring Hoosier teens headed to America’s Service Academies are our next generation of leaders, and I am proud of their commitment to our country.”

The following students from Indiana’s 6th Congressional District were nominated to attend service academies and are pictured from left to right:

Hancock – Sarah Schwartz

Bartholomew– Rhett Myers

Randolph – Levi Baldridge

Delaware – Ian Landwehr

Switzerland– Robert Scott Crandell

Ripley– Sarah Boyken

Not pictured:

Bartholomew – Nicholas Andrie

The students and their parents were invited to join Congressman Messer for lunch at Tour of Italy in Greenfield Saturday.  

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3rd Annual Congressional Leadership Academy a huge success at Ball State University

2016/04/27

MUNCIE (April 27, 2015)—Ball State University hosted the 3rd Annual Congressional Leadership Academy on Saturday, April 23, 2016.  The event, created in cooperation with Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06), is focused on getting Indiana’s future leaders excited about careers in the sciences and emerging technology.

Civic-minded and academically-gifted students from each high school in the 6th Congressional District were chosen to participate in the half-day event on campus.  The students had the opportunity to participate in hands-on projects and expert panel discussions in areas like bio science, homeland security, cyber security and entrepreneurship. 

“This is a unique opportunity for these students and one that I look forward to participating in each year.” said Congressman Messer. “I hope that taking part in the Congressional Leadership Academy inspires these teens to find their passion, work hard and continue to be leaders in their communities after they graduate from high school.  The sky is the limit for many of these talented and academically gifted students.”

Congratulations to the following students for being selected to participate: 

(Students are listed from left to right in attached photos)

Ripley County

Matthew Thomas—Batesville High School

Emily Gutzwiller—Batesville High School

Sierra Kern—Milan High School

Bartholomew County

Chad Genth—Columbus East High School

Chris Jackson—Columbus East High School

Delaware County

Brendan Bow—Delta High School

Ritika Menta—Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities

Michelle Rodriguez—Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities

Sakhi Shah—Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities

Matt Phillips—Yorktown High School

Parker Bright—Yorktown High School

Dearborn County

Alexius Lyons—South Dearborn High School

Baylee Giesting—South Dearborn High School

Daniel Raftery—East Central High School

Frank Negangard—East Central High School

Jake Ruberg—Lawrenceburg High School  (not pictured)

Franklin County

Ashlie Raible—Franklin High School

Henry County

Sam Buck—New Castle High School

Allicia Wilfong—Knightstown High School  (not pictured)

Abbie True—Knightstown High School (not pictured)

Wayne County

Noah Becker—Seton Catholic High School

Paul Merkamp—Northeastern High School

Maggie Westjohn—Seton Catholic High School

Lydia Bertsch—Lincoln High School

Paige Hazelbaker—Richmond High School

Lily Vincent—Richmond High School

Sophia Renaud—Lincoln High School (not pictured)

Jefferson County

Casey Williams—Madison Consolidated High School

Emma Staicer—Madison Consolidated High School

Max Gee—Southwestern High School

Aaron Peterson—Shawe Memorial High School

Audrey Kinne—Shawe Memorial High School

Shelby County

Andrew Tucker—Southwestern High School

Cassie Popplewell—Southwestern High School

Alexis Kuhn—Shelbyville High School (not pictured)

Randolph County

Taylor Ison—Randolph Southern High School

Levi Knoll—Randolph Southern High School

Brittney Thornbury—Winchester High School

Ashton Dalzell—Randolph Southern High School

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Contact Information

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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3021
Fax 202-225-3382
messer.house.gov

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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