Luke Messer

Luke Messer

INDIANA's 6th DISTRICT

Rep. Messer Commends President Trump’s Efforts to Protect American Steel

2017/04/20

WASHINGTON (Thursday, April 20, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) issued the following statement today following President Trump’s actions to protect American-made steel and American steelworkers:

“The steel industry has been a critical part of the Indiana economy for decades, supplying thousands of good-paying jobs and livelihoods to Hoosiers.  If we don’t take serious steps to protect American-made steel and steelworkers from unfair trade practices, the Hoosier economy will feel the pain. I thank President Trump for standing up for Indiana steel and am eager to work with him to further this effort in Congress.”

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Messer Introduces Legislation to Ensure Election Integrity

2017/04/17

WASHINGTON (Monday, April 17, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) has introduced legislation to help ensure integrity in federal elections.

The Election Integrity Act of 2017, H.R. 2090, would require voters to present a valid, government-issued photo ID in order to vote in federal elections beginning in 2020.  If an individual is unable to pay the cost of obtaining a government-issued photo ID, H.R. 2090 requires states to provide the individual with a valid photo ID free of charge.

H.R. 2090 is modeled after Indiana’s voter identification law enacted in 2005 and upheld by the Supreme Court in 2008. Messer helped advance Indiana’s voter identification law while serving in the Indiana General Assembly.

According to the Congressional Research Service, Indiana is one of 18 states that currently requires a photo ID for in-person voting. Eighteen other states and the District of Columbia do not require a voter to provide any ID to vote.

“Many Hoosiers are surprised to know voters in some states don’t have to show any form of identification to vote in national elections,” Messer said. “This legislation is a common-sense fix to provide consistency in voter ID laws, uphold the integrity of our federal elections and improve voter confidence in the process. It also ensures voters who genuinely can't afford a photo ID can obtain one without charge to them.”

Under Messer’s bill, if an individual does not present a photo ID at the time they are voting, they may cast a provisional ballot and present their ID within 10 days.

States like Indiana that already have similar photo ID laws in effect can be exempted from the law.  

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Rep. Messer’s Effort to Overturn Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Abortion Providers Becomes Law

2017/04/13

WASHINGTON (Thursday, Aril 13, 2017) — Today President Donald Trump signed into law a legislative effort championed by Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) that overturns an Obama regulation forcing states to distribute public tax dollars to abortion providers.

The Department of Health and Human Services rule, finalized just weeks before the end of former President Obama’s term, prevented states from withholding Title X “family planning” grants to facilities that provide abortion, like Planned Parenthood.

Messer co-sponsored H.J. Res 43, which reverses the rule and allows states, like Indiana, to make the judgement call not to direct public tax dollars to the abortion industry. Messer led this effort, authoring H.J. Res 39 – an identical bill – in January.

“Today is at victory for pro-life policy and for the majority of Americans who agree tax dollars should not fund abortions,” Messer said. “I commend President Trump for standing with Congress and states, and signing H.J. Res 43 into law. I will always fight for policies that defend life.”

Messer was a leader in the effort to repeal this rule, calling on Congress to make this a priority back in December 2016.  He garnered broad support for the effort, including nearly 140 members of the U.S. House of Representatives as well as advocacy groups like March for Life, National Right to Life, Susan B. Anthony List, Alliance Defending Freedom, Focus on the Family and Indiana Right to Life. 

“No state should be coerced into supporting the abortion industry. We applaud Rep. Messer’s efforts to stop the flow of our tax dollars to Planned Parenthood and any organization that profits from the destruction of innocent, human life,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life.

H.J. Res 43 is now law.

 

 

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Rep. Messer Issues Statement on US Military Strike in Syria

2017/04/07

WASHINGTON (Thursday, April 6, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) issued the following statement tonight following the US military strike in Syria:

“Tonight America sent a strong message to the world. We will no longer stand by as Assad and his supporters commit war crimes and atrocities against innocent civilians. I commend President Trump for taking decisive action, and thank the men and women who helped carry out this strike.”

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Messer Bill Would Help Working Americans Better Plan for Retirement

2017/04/06

WASHINGTON (Thursday, April 6, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) filed bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House today, alongside colleagues in the Senate, to help working Americans better plan for retirement. 

The Lifetime Income Disclosure Act (LIDA) would require retirement plans, like 401(k)s, to regularly disclose the real-world benefit of savings. To reach this goal, each 401(k) statement would be required to include a person’s current savings and how those savings would translate into a monthly paycheck for life. 

This information will help a consumer understand whether they are saving enough or need to save more.  A recent Gallup poll found that 64 percent of Americans are worried about not having enough money for retirement.

“We all struggle to know how far our savings will stretch into retirement,” Messer said.  “Seeing the value of a retirement account balance as a monthly income payment gives folks an idea of how much they will have for monthly expenses and whether they are saving enough today.”

The bill was introduced today by Messer and Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) in the House. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced a companion bill in the Senate. 

“This bill creates a straightforward tool to help workers with employer sponsored retirement plans determine if they are on track to meeting their retirement goals.” Pocan said. “Seeing how retirement savings translate into an expected monthly payment drives home the importance of saving early and often. I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing this bipartisan bill to ensure Americans have better information to plan for retirement.”

“American workers need access to the best available information about their investment choices and exactly how much they will have earned when they retire,” said Isakson, chairman of the Senate labor subcommittee. “This information not only helps them to plan, but promotes increased savings while they are still working. Many workers count on defined contribution plans such as 401(k)s in their retirement planning, and this legislation will encourage participants to think of their 401(k) investments as a vehicle for lifetime income.”

“People across Connecticut are losing sleep over their inability to save for retirement. It's a silent crisis in our state that not enough people are talking about,” Murphy said. “Senator Isakson and I introduced this bill to help families answer basic questions about how to save and how much to save. Our Lifetime Income Disclosure Act will help people make smarter, more informed decisions about whether or not they’re saving enough, and ensure that Connecticut families can retire with dignity.”

Several industry groups sent letters to Rep. Messer urging support for LIDA, including TIAA, the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI), the American Council of Life Insurers and the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER). 

April 3-7 is National Retirement Planning Week.

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Rep. Messer Calls on Congress to Come Back Next Week to Repeal & Replace Obamacare

2017/04/06

WASHINGTON (Thursday, April 6, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) today called on Congress to come back next week, instead of breaking early for Easter, to repeal and replace Obamacare.

In a Floor speech addressing his colleagues in the House, Messer said, “Congress is leaving for Easter break with work undone.”

“For seven years, we’ve told the American people we would repeal Obamacare and replace it with something better, and we have legislation that provides that opportunity,” Messer said today on the House Floor. “My hope is we will be back next week, before Easter. We need to do what we said we would do.”

Earlier today, Messer joined members of House Republican Leadership to announce an amendment to the American Health Care Act that Messer said safeguards patients with pre-existing conditions in a way that will also lower premiums.

The Palmer-Schweikert amendment creates a $15 billion Federal Invisible Risk Sharing Program that will help states reduce premiums by reimbursing health insurance issuers for high cost individuals beginning in 2018. 

A video of Rep. Messer’s remarks on the House Floor today can be found here

Congress is scheduled to begin a two-week Easter break today.

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Messer Invites 6th District High School Students to Enter Congressional Art Competition

2017/04/05

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, April 5, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) today invited high school students in Indiana’s 6th District to submit artwork for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.

The Congressional Art Competition is open to all high school students, grades 9-12, in the 6th District. The winning entry of the 6th District's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, alongside other contest winners nationwide.

“The Congressional Art Competition is a great tradition and a chance to recognize young Hoosier talent,” Messer said. “I encourage everyone to participate and can’t wait to see the winning piece showcased in our nation’s capital.”

There are seven categories of original artwork that may be submitted: paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photography. These pieced should be no larger than 26" x 26" x 4" (26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep), including frame. Submissions do not require a frame, but the winning submission MUST be framed after it is selected.

The deadline for submission of artwork is Tuesday, April 25. Students wishing to submit artwork can call Rep Messer’s Shelbyville office at 317-421-0704 to make arrangements for delivery or pick-up of the artwork. A completed Student Information & Release Form must accompany each entry.

More information including competition guidelines can be found here.

The 6th District’s 2016 winning entry – “Sisters, Sisters” by Alexa Wilson from Yorktown – can be viewed here

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Rep. Messer to Host “Coffee with the Congressman” in Muncie

2017/03/30

WASHINGTON (March 30, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) will host a “Coffee with the Congressman” on Friday, March 31, in Muncie.

This is an opportunity for residents of Indiana’s 6th District to get updates on what’s happening in Congress, ask questions and share their thoughts on issues important to them.

What: Coffee with the Congressman

When: 3-3:45 PM on Friday, March 31

Where: Concannon's Bakery Café, 4801 W Baker Lane, Muncie, IN 47304

Rep. Messer has held “Coffees with the Congressman” around the district each year since taking office. 

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Rep. Messer to Host “Coffee with the Congressman” in Shelbyville

2017/03/30

WASHINGTON (March 30, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) will host a “Coffee with the Congressman” on Friday, March 31, in Shelbyville.

This is an opportunity for residents of Indiana’s 6th District to get updates on what’s happening in Congress, ask questions and share their thoughts on issues important to them.

What: Coffee with the Congressman

When: 8:30-9:15 AM on Friday, March 31

Where: Linne's Bakery & Café, 115 S Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176

Rep. Messer has held “Coffees with the Congressman” around the district each year since taking office. 

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Senate Passes Rep. Messer’s Effort to Overturn Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Abortion Providers

2017/03/30

WASHINGTON (Thursday, March 30, 2017) — The U.S. Senate today passed a legislative effort championed by Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) that would overturn an Obama regulation forcing states to distribute public tax dollars to abortion providers.

Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote in support of the measure in the Senate today.

The Department of Health and Human Services rule, finalized just weeks before the end of former President Obama’s term, prevented states from withholding Title X “family planning” grants to facilities that provide abortion, like Planned Parenthood.

Messer co-sponsored H.J. Res 43, which reverses the rule and allows states, like Indiana, to make the judgement call not to direct public tax dollars to the abortion industry. Messer led this effort, authoring H.J. Res 39 – an identical bill – in January.
“A majority of Americans agree that tax dollars should not be used to fund abortion, and yet former President Obama continued to find ways to ignore this consensus and impose his will on the people,” Messer said. “Thankfully we now have a White House and a Legislature that stands up for the rights of citizens and states, and defends policies that protect life.”

Messer was a leader in the effort to repeal this rule, calling on Congress to make this a priority back in December 2016.  He garnered broad support for the effort, including nearly 140 members of the U.S. House of Representatives as well as advocacy groups like March for Life, National Right to Life, Susan B. Anthony List, Alliance Defending Freedom, Focus on the Family and Indiana Right to Life.

“No state should be coerced into supporting the abortion industry. We applaud Rep. Messer’s efforts to stop the flow of our tax dollars to Planned Parenthood and any organization that profits from the destruction of innocent, human life,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life.

H.J. Res 43 will now be sent to the President’s desk to become law.

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Rep. Messer Calls on Congress to Come Back Next Week to Repeal & Replace Obamacare

2017-04-06 17:14:05


Rep Messer Calls for More Work on Obamacare Repeal

2017-03-27 18:35:42


Rep. Messer Shares Hoosier Health Care Stories

2017-03-21 17:44:39


Rep. Messer Responds to Joint Address

2017-03-01 04:13:34


Repealing Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Abortion Providers

2017-02-16 21:21:48


Rep. Luke Messer Talks School Choice Week

2017-01-25 18:02:34


Keeping Our Promise

2017-01-13 22:35:12


Repeal and Replace Obamacare

2017-01-13 19:05:26


House Passes Messer’s Amendment to Rein in Federal Regulations

2017-01-09 16:12:24


Rep Messer Stands with Israel

2017-01-09 15:59:27


Rep Messer Honors Indiana's Bicentennial

2016-12-09 19:33:25


Rep Messer: Hyde Amendment Saves Lives

2016-09-30 20:30:17


Congressman Luke Messer: "Not one American life is worth the risk."

2016-09-15 21:33:41


Rep. Messer fights for education choice on House floor

2016-04-29 14:17:48


Rep. Messer on "personality" vs. "policies & principles" in Indiana Primary

2016-04-28 21:29:33


Rep. Messer fights to protect retirement advice for low-,middle-income families

2016-04-28 20:09:33


Rep. Messer questions DOE Secretary about Title I funds for Indiana charter schools

2016-02-24 18:39:04


Messer defends debt ceiling transparency amendment on House Floor

2016-02-11 22:33:25


Messer debates bill to end Operation Choke Point

2016-02-04 15:57:11


Rep. Messer advocates for school choice during House Ed & Workforce hearing

2016-02-03 20:42:34


Contact Information

508 Cannon HOB
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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