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Congressman Luke Messer Honors 6th District Service Academy Nominees


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


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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Let's stop Zika in its tracks


Zika Virus is “a bit scarier than we initially thought.”  That was the warning from a Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention spokesperson during a White House briefing this week.  It was a pretty unsettling update that made headlines across the country, and for good reason. The virus, which is typically spread by mosquitos, started to move quickly through Brazil last May.  Since then, thousands of people in dozens of countries have been infected by Zika, including residents of both Indiana and Ohio who contracted the virus overseas. 

In fact, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus a global health emergency that could infect more than 4 million people by the end of the year.  And, right now, there are no known vaccines, treatments, or rapid diagnostic tests for the virus.  That’s why Congress acted quickly this week to encourage researchers, scientists, and pharmaceutical companies to find a cure before Zika becomes a problem in the U.S.   

The bipartisan bill (S. 2512), which passed unanimously in the House, adds Zika Virus to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Priority Review Voucher Program.  That means the FDA must respond within six months to an application for a new drug or biological product that could treat or prevent Zika. This legislation will encourage innovation and provide a direct incentive for companies to quickly develop vaccines or treatments for this rapidly spreading disease.  This bill is an important step in a broader public health effort to combat Zika. Public health authorities are calling for aggressive mosquito surveillance and eradication this summer, including campaigns to eliminate the sources of standing water in which mosquitoes breed.  Those efforts are particularly important in southern states, U.S. territories, and Zika affected countries.

While Zika was originally thought to cause mild illnesses in most adults, new research shows it could cause temporary paralysis and be linked to a condition similar to multiple sclerosis.  For unborn children, the effects can be just as devastating.  Pregnant women infected with the virus have given birth to children with neurological disorders and a birth defect known as microcephaly, in which infants are born with unusually small heads.  The Zika virus is also known to cause stillbirths and miscarriages.

It is important to keep in mind, there have been no mosquito-borne cases of Zika in the U.S. so far.  And, Federal efforts, right now, are focused on preventing that from happening.  That’s why S. 2512 is so important.  The best and brightest scientists will have more flexibility to develop the tools necessary to stop Zika in its tracks.  I am proud to have voted for S. 2512 and hope that the President will quickly sign this bill into law

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Congressman Messer announces ‘Coffee with the Congressman’ stop in Versailles


Congressman Messer announces ‘Coffee with the Congressman’ stop in Versailles

WASHINGTON (April 15, 2016)—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) announced he will be taking his 2016 “Coffee with the Congressman” tour to Versailles.  This is an opportunity for residents of Ripley County and the surrounding area to ask Congressman Messer questions about issues important to them and get updates on what’s happening in Congress.  All “Coffee with the Congressman” stops are open to the public and the press. 

Friday, April 22nd

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Crossroads Family Restaurant

615 US-50

Versailles, IN 47042

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Rep. Messer, Sen. Coats to hold 'Service Academy Day'


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) announced he and Senator Dan Coats will be co-hosting a “Service Academy Day” in Bartholomew County.  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 at Columbus North High School from 9 a.m. until Noon on Saturday, April 16, 2016. 

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.

For additional information, please contact John Hatter at (Rep. Messer) or Tina Wall (Sen. Coats).



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Congressman Messer announces ‘Coffee with the Congressman’ stop in Muncie


WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) announced he will be taking his 2016 “Coffee with the Congressman” tour to Muncie.  This is an opportunity for residents of Delaware County and the surrounding area to ask Congressman Messer questions about issues important to them and get updates on what’s happening in Congress.  All “Coffee with the Congressman” stops are open to the public and the press. 

Tuesday, March 29th

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Concannon’s Bakery, Café, and Coffee Bar  

4801 Baker Ln.

Muncie, IN 47304

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Rep. Messer votes to fight the President’s executive amnesty in the Supreme Court


Today, the House passed and Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) voted for a resolution allowing the House of Representatives to defend its legislative authority and fight the  President’s executive amnesty in the Supreme Court (H. Res. 639).

In November of 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions that ignore our nation’s immigration laws and would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the United States legally.  In response, more than 25 states filed a lawsuit to challenge the President’s action as unconstitutional (United States v. Texas).

Article I of the Constitution makes clear that “all legislative powers” are vested in Congress, not the executive branch.  H. Res. 639 authorizes Speaker Ryan to make that argument on behalf of the House of Representatives in this case. 

“No matter where you fall on the immigration debate, we should all agree that the separation of powers is essential to our democracy,” said Congressman Messer. “That means neither the President nor unelected bureaucrats are authorized to write laws or circumvent them at will.  In America, laws are written by the people’s representatives in Congress.  That principle is what makes us a self-governing people. And, if we want to remain that way, we have to stop executive overreach in its tracks.”

H. Res. 639 passed the House 234 to 186.  Outside counsel will now draft a brief on Congress’s Article I powers and ask the Supreme Court for time during oral argument in United States v. Texas.

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Congressman Messer Announces ‘Constituent Services Workshops’


Washington, D.C. (March 14, 2016)—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) announced his team will hold “Constituent Services Workshops” in Greensburg, New Castle and Shelbyville over the next few months.  

These workshops are an opportunity for Sixth District residents to receive information and assistance with any Federal matter. Caseworkers will be on-site to help with Social Security, VA and Disability issues as well as to answer any other questions or concerns regarding government agencies. The list of confirmed “Constituent Services Workshops” is below:

Greensburg Adult Center

Wednesday, March 23rd

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

905 East Main Street

Greensburg, IN 47240

Henry County Senior Center

Wednesday, April 13th

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

108 South Main Street

New Castle, IN 47362

Shelby Senior Services, Inc.

Tuesday, May 24th

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

1504 South Harrison St.

Shelbyville, IN 46176

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. 



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Congressman Messer announces two more stops on ‘Coffee with the Congressman’ tour


WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) announced two more stops on his 2016 “Coffee with the Congressman” tour.  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. 

Thursday, March 10th


Sugar Coated Cakery

52 E Washington St.

Shelbyville, IN 46176

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.


Friday, March 11th


Jim Dandy Family Restaurant

80 West McKenzie Rd.

Greenfield, IN 46140

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

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Congressman Messer statement on the passing of Nancy Reagan


WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) released the following statement on the passing of Nancy Reagan:

“We lost a great American today. Nancy Reagan was the epitome of class, grace, and devotion. She loved this country and loved her husband. President Reagan could not have accomplished everything he did for our nation without her by his side. My thoughts and prayers are with the Reagan family.”

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2016-02-03 20:42:34

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2016-01-11 16:41:37

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Rep. Luke Messer: "Travel documents can be weapons of terror"

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2015-12-02 22:07:15

Messer on FOX News: "Refugees should be vetted by FBI and Homeland Security"

2015-11-21 19:16:17

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2015-10-21 21:04:00

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Contact Information

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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