A family man and conservative leader, Luke Messer is fighting for President Trump’s agenda and believes America’s future can be better than its past. Luke Messer’s personal story is one so many Hoosiers share. Raised by a single mother in Greensburg, Indiana, Messer was fortunate to have mentors who pushed him, believed in him, and taught him that through hard work, perseverance, and a strong support system, anything is possible. The most important lesson Luke learned as a kid was from his mother, who taught him when life gets tough – never quit.
Luke grew up believing in the American dream. He worked his way through school with jobs like collecting garbage, de-tasseling corn and bailing hay. Through scholarships, he was able to attend Wabash College and later Vanderbilt Law School.
Messer served in the Indiana General Assembly from 2003 until 2006, representing Shelby and Bartholomew counties. During that time, Luke worked to advance conservative Republican principles to get positive results for Hoosiers. Messer helped Gov. Daniels craft the state’s first balanced budget in eight years that turned a $600 million deficit into a $300 million surplus in a single year, without a tax increase. Additionally, Messer’s work to reform Indiana’s education system was nationally recognized in Time Magazine and on Oprah Winfrey’s show. Messer’s reforms helped reduce the high school dropout rate from 30% to 10%.
Former Governor Mitch Daniels said “Luke Messer has been a key partner in most of our state’s biggest policy achievements leading the State Republican Party, helping craft a balanced state budget with no tax increases and providing better educational opportunities for all Hoosier children. Luke’s record speaks for itself. He is a strong and thoughtful leader whom I’ve always viewed as one of my wisest and most trusted allies.”
In Congress, Messer founded the Congressional School Choice caucus to promote the expansion of school voucher programs to give more children access to high quality education. He authored legislation to retroactively restore GI Bill education benefits to veterans who attend schools that close abruptly, like ITT Technical Institute. The President is expected to sign the legislation soon.
Most recently, Luke has championed legislation that will prevent undocumented immigrants from claiming the child tax credit, which President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence included in their 2018 budget request to Congress.
Luke believes government is at its best when it’s out of Hoosiers’ daily lives. A conservative champion on pro-life and 2nd Amendment issues, Luke’s also led efforts to repeal Obamacare, restore veterans’ benefits and eliminate incentives for illegal immigrants.
Messer’s strong conservative record is why he’s received the following ratings: 97% from Americans for Prosperity, 92% from the American Conservative Union, “A” from the National Rifle Association, and 100% from the National Right to Life Organization.
Luke and his wife Jennifer met 17 years ago in Indiana and started their family in Shelby County. They are the proud parents of two daughters, one son and two family dogs.
Luke and Jennifer are also the author and illustrator of a children’s book about Indiana titled “Hoosier Heart.”
The Messer family is active in the Presbyterian Church, and both Luke and Jennifer teach Sunday School. Luke is a youth sports coach for his kids. Luke was recently named the “4th grade coach of the year” in his son’s basketball league. Luke is an avid fan of Indiana sports, and describes his favorite teams as “my kid’s teams, the Indianapolis Colts and whoever is playing against the New England Patriots.”