|U.S. House, Indiana, District 6|
|January 3, 2013 - Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Mike Pence (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$6.68 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next primary||May 6, 2014|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Indiana House of Representatives|
|Birthday||Feb. 27, 1969|
|Place of birth||Evansville, Indiana|
|Profession||Executive Director of Hoosiers for Economic Growth|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Messer won election on November 6, 2012.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Messer is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.
Messer was born in Evansville, Indiana.
- Wabash College
- Vanderbilt University, J.D.
- 2010-present: President, Hoosiers for Economic Growth Network
- 2006-present: Practicing lawyer
- 2003-2006: Served in the Indiana House
- 2001-05: Executive director, Indiana Republican Party
- 1999: Legal counsel, House Government Reform and Oversight Committee
- 1998-99: Legal counsel, Reps. Dan Burton, R-Ind., and David McIntosh, R-Ind.
- 1997: Press secretary, Rep. Ed Bryant, R-Tenn.
- 1995-96: Legal counsel, Koch Industries
Messer serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Budget
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions
- Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa
- Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Messer's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Messer voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Messer voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Messer voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
Messer voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill. The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Messer voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.
On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014. The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Messer voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Messer voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Messer voted against HR 2775.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Messer voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Healthcare Reform Rules
Messer voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act
Messer voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.
Messer voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.
Previous congressional sessions
Messer ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 6th District. Messer defeated Bill Frazier, Travis Hankins, Don Bates, Jr., Joseph Van Wye, and Joe Sizemore in the May 8 Republican primary and defeated Brad Bookout (D) in the November 6 general election.
|U.S. House, Indiana District 6 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"|
|U.S. House, Indiana District 6 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Don Bates, Jr.||13.8%||10,913|
|Joseph Van Wye||1.3%||989|
Messer was endorsed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, with the decision announced by the organization's PAC, Indiana Chamber Congressional Action Committee. Messer also received endorsements from Indiana Right to Life PAC and the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Comprehensive donor information for Messer is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Messer raised a total of $116,947 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.
|Luke Messer's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (Indiana, District 6)||$116,947|
|Grand Total Raised||$116,947|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Messer's reports.
|Luke Messer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$42,611.71||$128,056.77||$(60,223.23)||$110,445.25|
|July Quarterly||July 17, 2013||$130,445.25||$182,745.00||$(127,047.26)||$186,142.99|
|October Quarterly||October 13, 2013||$186,142.99||$126,896.00||$(64,649.58)||$248,389.41|
|Year-end||January 31, 2014||$248,389||$142,951||$(64,423)||$326,917|
Messer won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Messer's campaign committee raised a total of $1,116,947 and spent $1,085,529. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Messer spent $6.68 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Indiana District 6, 2012 - Luke Messer Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,116,947|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,085,529|
|Top contributors to Luke Messer's campaign committee|
|Lifeline Data Centers||$20,000|
|Ice Miller LLP||$17,650|
|Barnes & Thornburg||$13,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Messer missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Messer most often votes with:
Messer least often votes with:
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Messer's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $76,036 and $859,998. That averages to $468,017, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Messer ranked as the 274th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Luke Messer Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.
Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Luke Messer has voted with the Republican Party 97.4% of the time, which ranked 54th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.
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- Profile at Myspace
- National Journal "Indiana, 6th House District: Luke Messer (R)," November 6, 2012
- Politico "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
- Luke Messer for Congress "Biography" Accessed February 3, 2012
- Pal Item "Governor Daniels Endorses Luke Messer in Sixth District Race" Accessed May 3, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "Luke Messer Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
- NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- CNN.com "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
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- Luke Messer for Congress "LUKE MESSER / Indiana Chamber endorses Luke Messer – Courier Times 3.9" Accessed April 13, 2012
- Pal Item "Profiles of the Republican Candidates for the Sixth Congressional District" Accessed May 3, 2012
- Indiana Right to Life PAC "Indiana Right to Life PAC announces candidate endorsements in contested primaries " Accessed May 3, 2012
- National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund "Endorsements Indiana 2012" Accessed May 3, 2012
- Luke Messer "ALLEN SMITH ENDORSES LUKE MESSER FOR CONGRESS" Accessed April 23, 2012
- Courier Times "Except for loan, Messer still leads in fundraising" Accessed May 3, 2012
- Open Secrets "Luke Messer" Accessed April 7, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Luke Messer 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 15, 2014
- Open Secrets "Luke Messer 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- GovTrack, "Luke Messer," Accessed April 1, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Luke Messer," Accessed August 1, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Messer, (R-IN), 2012"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
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