Luke Messer

Luke Messer


Rep. Messer, Sen. Coats to hold “Service Academy Day”


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) announced he and Senator Coats (R-IN) will be co-hosting a “Service Academy Day” in southeastern Indiana. It’s an opportunity for students and their parents to learn more about life at a U.S. Service Academy and how to apply. The event will take place Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Columbus North High School in Columbus, Indiana.  Representatives from both Congressional offices and the academies will be on-hand to answer any questions. The U.S. Service Academies include the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo., the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, N.Y., and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Conn. Congressman Messer’s staff is hosting an additional “Service Academy Day” in New Castle, Indiana, on May 9, 2015.   For additional information, please contact John Hatter at (317)421-0704 or   Details on the “Service Academy Days” are below: Columbus Columbus North High School 1400 25th Street April 25, 2015 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. New Castle New Castle High School 801 Parkview Dr. May 9, 2015 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Read More

2nd Annual Congressional Leadership Academy a huge success at BSU


MUNCIE—Ball State University hosted the 2nd Annual Congressional Leadership Academy on Saturday, April 11, 2015.  The event, created in cooperation with Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06), is focused on getting Indiana’s future leaders excited about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Two civic-minded and academically-gifted students from each high school in the 6th Congressional District were chosen to participate in the full-day event on campus.  The students learned about areas critical to our state’s economy and had the opportunity to learn from and engage with business leaders, researchers and other invited experts working in areas important to Indiana’s global competitiveness.   “This is such a unique opportunity for these students,” said Congressman Luke Messer. “I hope that participating in the Academy inspires these teens to find their passion, work hard and continue to be leaders in their communities after they graduate from high school.” Congressman Messer and Ball State University plan to continue the Congressional Leadership Academy for years to come.  Congratulations to the following students for being selected to participate:  Hancock County  Mattie Waggoner- New Palestine HS Cole Cochard- Eastern Hancock HS Riley Wilson- New Palestine HS   Shelby County Levi Armentrout- Morristown Jr-Sr HS Daniel Young- Shelbyville Sr HS   Scott County Elizabeth Lee- Austin HS   Franklin County Kyra Rasnick- Franklin County HS Cara Moore- Franklin County HS   Fayette County Brittany Novack- Connersville Sr HS Alexis Russell- Connersville Sr HS   Jefferson County Patrick Bear, Shawe Memorial High School Seth Brawner, Madison Consolidated High School Sheridan Elswick, Madison Consolidated High School   Bartholomew County Madelyn Lyons- Columbus East HS   Randolph County Yogen Solanki- Union City Community Jr-Sr HS Morgan Haney- Monroe Central Jr-Sr HS Kali Miller- Union City Community Jr-Sr HS Emmarae Roberts- Monroe Central Jr-Sr HS   Dearborn County: Left to right: Olivia- Bowers South Dearborn HS Robert Crandell- Lawrenceburg HS Jacob Lusby- South Dearborn HS   Wayne County: Brittany Farmer- Centerville Sr HS Madilyn Coomes- Centerville Sr HS Lucas Westjohn- Seton Catholic HS Read More

Congressman Luke Messer receives briefing on Scott County HIV outbreak


AUSTIN—Friday, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) went to the Indiana Department of Health’s (IDOH) Mobile Command Center in Austin to be briefed on the latest efforts to contain the current HIV outbreak in Scott County. According to IDOH the number of cases in the HIV outbreak in southeastern Indiana has now reached 106 (95 confirmed and 11 preliminary positive cases).  Health officials told Rep. Messer that they expect that number to continue to rise. Congressman Messer encourages Scott County residents who are concerned about possible infection to visit the One-Stop Shop located at the Austin Community Center to receive free HIV testing, vaccinations against tetanus, hepatitis A and B, and information about HIV and hepatitis prevention, treatment and resources. For more information on services available through One-Stop and for transportation to the Center call (317) 605-1480. Read More

Have coffee with Congressman Messer in Columbus


WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) announced a “Coffee with the Congressman” stop in Columbus.  This is an opportunity for residents of Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District to ask Congressman Messer questions about issues important to them and get updates on what’s happening in Congress.  These events are open to the public and the press.  Several additional stops are planned throughout the month of April.  Dates, times and locations will be announced in the coming weeks. Friday, April 10 Columbus Zaharakos 329 Washington Street Columbus, IN 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Read More

Congressman Messer announces additional “Constituent Services Workshops”


WASHINGTON (April 2, 2015)—Today, Congressman Luke Messer announced his team will be hosting additional “Constituent Services Workshops” across Indiana’s 6th Congressional District.  The purpose of these workshops is to provide information and assistance to residents who are experiencing difficulties with any Federal matter.  Caseworkers will be on-hand to assist with Social Security, VA and Disability issues as well as other questions or concerns regarding government agencies.  The list of confirmed “Constituent Services Workshops” is below: Patricia Elmore Center Wednesday, April 8th 11:00 a.m. to Noon 280 Apple Street Greenfield, IN   Brookville Senior Center Thursday, April 9th Noon to 1:30 p.m. 11146 County Park Road Brookville, IN More “Constituent Services Workshops” are to come!  If you have any questions or concerns in advance of the workshops, please feel free to contact Congressman Messer’s office in Shelbyville, Muncie or Richmond.       Read More

A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America


In 2010, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, went on a three-day “Conversations with the Country” tour.  While traveling across the Midwest, he had a stark warning about our nation’s fiscal trajectory.  He said, “The most significant threat to our national security is our debt.”  Think about that.  The highest-ranking officer in the U.S. armed forces believes Washington’s tax-and-spend culture is putting our country’s future in jeopardy. Sadly, five years after those words of warning, Washington hasn’t done much about it.   Since 2010, more than $5 trillion has been added to the national debt and if the President had his way, we would continue down an unsustainable path.  In February, the President released his proposed budget for 2016.  It called for $2.1 trillion in new tax increases, added more than $8 trillion to the national debt, increased government spending and never balances, ever.   That’s not the answer to getting our country back on the path to prosperity.  Republicans know the key to a healthier and more secure economy now and in the future is leaving more money in the hands of hardworking Americans, not transferring it to the hands of Washington bureaucrats. That’s why the House passed and I voted for A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America (H. Con. Res. 27). The proposal isn’t perfect, but it will certainly make Washington more efficient and accountable while reducing debt and lowering taxes.  Here’s how: H. Con. Res. 27 reduces Federal spending by $5.5 trillion over the next 10 years and eliminates annual deficits.  This will allow us to start paying down the national debt instead of adding to it year after year.  Last fiscal year alone our country spent more than $220 billion paying interest on borrowed money.  That’s more than our discretionary spending for the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Homeland Security, Commerce, Transportation and Veterans Affairs combined!    The House-passed budget also reforms the tax code by lowering rates for individuals and families as well as large and small businesses.   It also broadens the tax base by closing special interest loopholes.  That means more money in the hands of hardworking Americans and job creators, which is a win-win for our economy.  The Republican budget also restores localism by empowering states to make decisions best suited to their residents.  When it comes to programs like Medicaid, nutrition assistance and education, our local leaders know best.  In addition, the budget repeals the President’s health care law and promotes patient-centered health care solutions and eliminates the Independence Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)—an unelected, unaccountable board of bureaucrats charged with making health care coverage decisions.  Finally, A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America provides for a strong national defense through robust funding of troop training, equipment and compensation.  It provides for a boost in defense spending above the President’s levels while putting in place a plan to responsibly address the current spending caps and the threat of sequestration cuts.  It’s past time to get our nation’s fiscal house in order.  I’m proud to have voted for a budget that will balance, reduces our debt, reins in wasteful Washington spending and puts more money back in the hands of hardworking Americans.  I urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the same.  Read More

Congressman Luke Messer Statement on FY 2016 Budget Resolution


WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer released the following statement after  H. Con. Res. 27, A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America, passed the House 228 to 199. "If we're serious about growing a healthy economy and creating jobs, we've got to start making responsible choices that will get our nation's fiscal house in order. This budget does that. It balances within 10 years, reduces the deficit and puts us on a path to paying off our $18 trillion national debt. It's a plan that makes Washington more accountable to those we were elected to serve and allows hard-working Hoosiers to keep more money in their pockets instead of transferring it to the hands of Washington bureaucrats.” Read More

Rep. Messer congratulates Sen. Coats on his decision to retire


(WASHINGTON)--Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement after Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) announced he will not seek reelection in 2016: “Congrats to Senator Coats on what must have been a tough decision to retire.  Senator Coats is our U.S. Senator, but Dan and Marsha are also my friends.  I have long admired not only their commitment to our country, but also their commitment to faith and family.  After decades of service, the two of them will finally get to spend some much-deserved quality time with their children and grandchildren.  Their shoes will be tough ones to fill.”  ### Read More

Have coffee with Congressman Messer in Muncie, Richmond


WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) announced two additional “Coffee with the Congressman” tour stops in Muncie and Richmond.  This is an opportunity for residents of Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District to ask Congressman Messer questions about issues important to them and get updates on what’s happening in Congress.  These events are open to the public and the press. Friday, March 20th Muncie Concannon’s Bakery, Café & Coffee Bar 4801 West Baker Ln. Muncie, IN 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Richmond 5th Street Coffee & Bagels 211 South 5th St. Richmond, IN 4:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Read More

Congressman Messer seeks entries for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) invites high school students in Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District to enter their artwork in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition. The competition serves as a unique way for students in the Sixth District to showcase their artistic abilities. The winning student will have their artwork displayed in the Cannon tunnel of the Capitol complex for one year, and will receive two round-trip tickets to attend a reception in their honor in Washington, D.C., this coming June.  “Each year the high school students in Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District demonstrate their remarkable artistic talent,” said Congressman Messer. “I encourage everyone to participate in this year’s competition and look forward to seeing the winning piece showcased in our nation’s capital.” The artwork will be divided into seven categories: paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer-generated art, and photography. All entries must be submitted with the competition guidelines and the Student Information & Release form.  The deadline for submission is April 17, 2015. For more information on the rules and guidelines, or if you have any questions, please contact Tim Hawkins in our Shelbyville District Office at 317-421-0704 or at   Read More

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508 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3021
Fax 202-225-3382

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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