(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.