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Nov. 6, 2012 – 9:35 p.m.
113th Congress: Luke Messer, R-Ind. (6th District)
By Geof Koss, CQ Staff
Luke Messer plans to build off the experiences he gained serving in the state legislature when he takes his seat as the representative for Indiana’s sprawling 6th District.
“I’d like the opportunity to apply some of what Indiana’s done in the last eight years in Washington,” says Messer. As a state legislator and former head of the Indiana Republican Party, he played a supporting role in helping Gov.
In the General Assembly, the 43-year-old Messer quickly rose in the GOP leadership ranks to help advance Daniels’ budget plans, while also serving on the tax writing committees. His signature accomplishment was passage of legislation to raise the state’s legal high school dropout age from 16 to 18.
In Washington, he sees any number of committee assignments as a platform for pressing the small-government, pro-growth message he campaigned on, including Education and the Workforce, Budget, and Oversight and Government Reform.
Messer already knows his way around the Capitol, following stints in the 1990s working for a pair of Tennessee Republicans: Rep.