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Luke Messer
Luke Messer.jpg
U.S. House, Indiana, District 6
In office
January 3, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorMike Pence (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$6.68 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$116,947
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Indiana House of Representatives
Bachelor'sWabash College
J.D.Vanderbilt University
Date of birthFeb. 27, 1969
Place of birthEvansville, Indiana
ProfessionExecutive Director of Hoosiers for Economic Growth
Net worth$447,502
Office website
Campaign website
Luke Messer campaign logo
Luke Messer (b. Feb. 27, 1969, in Evansville, Indiana) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Messer was elected by voters from Indiana's 6th Congressional District. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2012.[1]

Messer won election on November 6, 2012.[2]

He previously served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2003 to 2006.[3]

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.[1]


  • Wabash College
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D.


  • 2010-present: President, Hoosiers for Economic Growth Network[1]
  • 2006-present: Practicing lawyer[1]
  • 2003-2006: Served in the Indiana House[4]
  • 2001-05: Executive director, Indiana Republican Party[1]
  • 1999: Legal counsel, House Government Reform and Oversight Committee[1]
  • 1998-99: Legal counsel, Reps. Dan Burton, R-Ind., and David McIntosh, R-Ind.[1]
  • 1997: Press secretary, Rep. Ed Bryant, R-Tenn.[1]
  • 1995-96: Legal counsel, Koch Industries[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Messer serves on the following committees:[5]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Messer's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


Voted "Yes" 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.[8]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[10] 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.[11] Messer voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "No" 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.[13] 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.[14]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]


Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" 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.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Messer voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care 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.[8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" 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.[8]

Previous congressional sessions



See also: Indiana's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

Messer is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Indiana's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

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.[15]

U.S. House, Indiana District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Brad Bookout 35.1% 96,678
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLuke Messer 59.1% 162,613
     Libertarian Rex Bell 5.8% 15,962
Total Votes 275,253
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"
U.S. House, Indiana District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLuke Messer 41.7% 32,859
Don Bates, Jr. 13.8% 10,913
Bill Frazier 10.7% 8,446
Travis Hankins 29.5% 23,276
Joseph Van Wye 1.3% 989
Joe Sizemore 3% 2,346
Total Votes 78,829


Messer was endorsed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, with the decision announced by the organization's PAC, Indiana Chamber Congressional Action Committee.[16] Messer also received endorsements from Indiana Right to Life PAC and the National Rifle Association (NRA).[17][18] [19]

Former Republican candidates Allen Smith II and John Hatter endorsed Messer in the race for the 6th distirct after ending their own campaigns prior to the primary election.[20][21]

On May 3, Messer was endorsed by Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels.[4]

Campaign donors

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.[22]

Luke Messer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Indiana, District 6) Won $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.[23]

Luke Messer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2013$42,611.71$128,056.77$(60,223.23)$110,445.25
July Quarterly[25]July 17, 2013$130,445.25$182,745.00$(127,047.26)$186,142.99
October Quarterly[26]October 13, 2013$186,142.99$126,896.00$(64,649.58)$248,389.41
Year-end[27]January 31, 2014$248,389$142,951$(64,423)$326,917
April Quarterly[28]April 15, 2014$326,917$111,575$(58,416)$380,077
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Messer's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[29] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[30]

Cost per vote

Messer spent $6.68 per vote received in 2012.


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[31]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[32]

Messer most often votes with:

Messer least often votes with:

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Messer's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $210,006 and $684,999. That averages to $447,502, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.[33]

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


Luke Messer voted with the Republican Party 97.4% of the time, which ranked 54th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[34]


Messer, his wife Jennifer, their two daughters, Emma and Ava, and son, Hudson, live in Shelbyville, Indiana.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 National Journal "Indiana, 6th House District: Luke Messer (R)," November 6, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 Election Map, Indiana"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Luke Messer for Congress "Biography" Accessed February 3, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Pal Item "Governor Daniels Endorses Luke Messer in Sixth District Race" Accessed May 3, 2012
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Project Votesmart, "Luke Messer Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named sos
  16. Luke Messer for Congress "LUKE MESSER / Indiana Chamber endorses Luke Messer – Courier Times 3.9" Accessed April 13, 2012
  17. Pal Item "Profiles of the Republican Candidates for the Sixth Congressional District" Accessed May 3, 2012
  18. Indiana Right to Life PAC "Indiana Right to Life PAC announces candidate endorsements in contested primaries " Accessed May 3, 2012
  19. National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund "Endorsements Indiana 2012" Accessed May 3, 2012
  20. Luke Messer "ALLEN SMITH ENDORSES LUKE MESSER FOR CONGRESS" Accessed April 23, 2012
  21. Courier Times "Except for loan, Messer still leads in fundraising" Accessed May 3, 2012
  22. Open Secrets "Luke Messer" Accessed April 7, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "Luke Messer 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 25, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 15, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  29. Open Secrets "Luke Messer 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  31. GovTrack, "Luke Messer," Accessed April 1, 2013
  32. OpenCongress, "Rep. Luke Messer," Accessed August 1, 2013
  33. OpenSecrets.org, "Messer (R-Ind), 2011"
  34. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Pence (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana, District 6
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Indiana House of Representatives
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