Luke Messer

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Luke Messer
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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
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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
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Luke Messer is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Messer was elected by voters from Indiana's 6th congressional district.

Messer won election on November 6, 2012.[1]


Messer was born in Evansville, Indiana.[2]


  • Wabash College
  • Vanderbilt University, J.D.


  • 2010-present: President, Hoosiers for Economic Growth Network[2]
  • 2006-present: Practicing lawyer[2]
  • 2003-2006: Served in the Indiana House[4]
  • 2001-05: Executive director, Indiana Republican Party[2]
  • 1999: Legal counsel, House Government Reform and Oversight Committee[2]
  • 1998-99: Legal counsel, Reps. Dan Burton, R-Ind., and David McIntosh, R-Ind.[2]
  • 1997: Press secretary, Rep. Ed Bryant, R-Tenn.[2]
  • 1995-96: Legal counsel, Koch Industries[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Messer serves on the following committees:[5]



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 defeated Brad Bookout (D) in the November 6 general election.[6]

General Election

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"

Primary Election

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.[7] Messer also received endorsements from Indiana Right to Life PAC and the National Rifle Association (NRA).[8][9] [10]

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.[11][12]

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.[13]

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


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 $1,526,893 and spent $1,016,702.[14]


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 Jan 2013 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[16]

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.


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mike Pence (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Indiana, District 6
Succeeded by