Indiana General Assembly
House of Representatives

Indiana House Republican Caucus
Room 401-6, Statehouse
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Contact: Tony Samuel
(317) 232-9887 or 1-800-382-9841

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Luke Messer Sworn in Today
as State Representative for House District 57


(STATEHOUSE) May 28, 2003 - Newly appointed State Representative Luke Messer of Shelbyville was sworn in today by Chief Justice Randall Shepard of the Indiana Supreme Court. Rep. Messer will represent constituents of House District 57, which includes most of Shelby and much of Bartholomew counties. The ceremony took place in the Indiana House Chamber with several family members, friends, and co-workers attending along with House Republican Leader Brian Bosma and other elected officials.

Rep. Messer was appointed to fill the District 57 seat last week by Republican Precinct Committeemen in Shelby and Bartholomew counties. He was selected on the first ballot in a three-way race. Luke will fill the remaining 19 months of the term of the late Rep. W. Roland Stine also of Shelbyville. Rep. Stine was killed on Thursday, April 24 in an automobile accident on his way home for the evening from his work at the legislature.

"I'm proud to represent the citizens of House District 57, but I accept this appointment with a heavy heart. I will do my best to fill the shoes of a great man, Roland Stine," said Rep. Messer. "I look forward to meeting with constituents throughout the district, hearing their concerns, and working hard to represent their needs. My work begins today to carry on the issues that Roland cared deeply about and to assist House Republicans in efforts to bring better and higher paying jobs to Hoosiers and to restore fiscal discipline to the state's budget process."

A sixth generation Hoosier, Luke Messer was born in Evansville, Indiana and raised in Greensburg. Luke is a graduate from Greensburg Community High School, Wabash College, and Vanderbilt University School of Law. At Wabash College, Luke was awarded the distinctions of summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

"We are thrilled to have someone of Luke's caliber and experience join our caucus," said Rep. Bosma. "I know that Luke is excited to be a part of our team and that he will bring a tremendous amount of energy and forward thinking as he comes in and hits the ground running. Although we will continue to miss our friend Roland Stine and grieve his loss, I know that Roland would be pleased with the person selected to carry his torch."

Luke's policy experience includes work as Subcommittee Counsel for U. S. Congressmen Dan Burton and David McIntosh for the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Natural Resources, and Regulatory Affairs. While working on the subcommittee, Luke oversaw subcommittee hearings that saved jobs for union workers at the Allied Signal plant in South Bend.