HLA Board Member, Rep. Luke Messer

Rep. Luke Messer

Former Congressman (IN-6) and Principal, Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting

From his prior service in Congress to his ongoing passion for coaching youth sports to his current career as a leading public policy advocate, Luke Messer lives by the simple principle: “Make a Difference!”

Luke served as the U.S. Congressman for Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District from 2013 to 2019, which included four years in elected House leadership. During his tenure, he successfully authored and enacted legislation addressing banking, taxation, immigration, federal deregulation, foreign affairs and education issues.

As chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, Luke led Committee hearings including Task Forces on: the Conservative Clean Energy Agenda, Women in the 21st Century Workforce, Law Enforcement, and the American Worker. Luke also served on the House Committees on Financial Services; Education and the Workforce; Budget; and Foreign Affairs. He was founder and co-chair of the Congressional School Choice Caucus.

Prior to Congress, Luke served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2003 to 2006. His legislative successes included sponsoring a nationally recognized high school dropout reform bill that raised Indiana’s graduation rate from 72 percent to more than 90 percent. The bill was featured in Time magazine.

Luke’s leadership experience also includes service as the President and CEO of an education not-for-profit, where he helped usher in the largest state-based education reform movement in the country.

As a leader in the U.S. Congress and the Indiana State House, Luke Messer earned a reputation for civility, reaching across the aisle and getting results. Through that experience, Luke knows how to build bipartisan coalitions and drive policy outcomes.

Today, Luke works as a principal at Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, where he co-chairs the firm’s bipartisan federal advocacy team.

In addition, Luke enjoys spending time with his wife of 16 years, his three children and his three dogs. He teaches Sunday School and coaches youth sports — he was named McLean Youth Basketball 4th and 5th grade coach of the year. Luke is the author of Hoosier Heart, a children’s book about Indiana’s people, geography and culture.