Luke Messer

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Luke Messer
Luke Messer.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Indiana, District 6
Prior offices
Indiana House of Representatives
Bachelor'sWabash College
J.D.Vanderbilt University
ProfessionExecutive Director of Hoosiers for Economic Growth
Campaign website
Luke Messer campaign logo
Luke Messer was a 2012 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 6th Congressional District of Indiana. He won the Republican nomination and faced Democrat Brad Bookout in the general election.[1]

Messer won on November 6, 2012.[2]



  • Wabash College
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D.


  • Co-founded a not-for-profit organization called Child Share Indiana
  • 2001-2005: Executive Director and chief spokesman of the Indiana Republican Party
  • Currently, Executive Director of Hoosiers for Economic Growth

Messer served in the Indiana House from 2003 to 2006.[4]



See also: Indiana's 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Messer ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing 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 faced Brad Bookout (D) in the November 6 general election.[1]

United States House of Representatives, 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.[5] Messer also received endorsements from Indiana Right to Life PAC and the National Rifle Association (NRA).[6][7] [8]

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.[9][10]

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

Campaign Donors


Luke Messer Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2012$290,405.36$127,225.00$(65,860.44)$351,769.92
Pre-primary[12]April 26, 2012$351,769.92$75,895.00$(133,553.27)$294,111.65
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2012$294,111.65$148,620.00$(393,507.06)$49,224.59
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2012$49,224.59$213,474.64$(117,383.21)$145,316.02
Running totals


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

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