Indiana (District: 6)
Allen Lucas “Luke” Messer (born February 27, 1969) is an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States">American politician who has served as a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">United States House of Representatives, representing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana%27s_6th_congressional_district">Indiana’s 6th congressional district, since 2013. He is a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)">Republican Party.
Born in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evansville,_Indiana">Evansville, Indiana, Messer is a graduate from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabash_College">Wabash College and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanderbilt_University_Law_School">Vanderbilt University Law School. After a failed run for the U.S. House in 2000, Messer served as the executive director of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_Republican_Party">Indiana Republican Party from 2001 to 2005. He was appointed to serve in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_House_of_Representatives">Indiana House of Representatives in 2003, after State Representative W. Roland Stine was killed in a car accident.
Messer represented Indiana’s 57th District from 2003 to 2007. In 2012, Messer defeated http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_(United_States)">Democratic challenger Brad Bookout and was elected to a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.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.”