Congressman Luke Messer

Representing the 6th District of Indiana


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May 24, 2016

BATESVILLE, Ind. (May 24, 2016)—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) honored dozens of students from east-central and southeastern Indiana Thursday evening for their academic achievement during the 2015-2016 school year.  The top male and female 8th grade students from middle schools across Indiana’s 6th Congressional District were presented the 8th Grade Scholar award by Congressman Messer.  The ceremony, sponsored by Hillenbrand and Ivy Tech Community College, took place at Batesville High School on Thursday, May 19, 2016.   

May 19, 2016

WASHINGTON — Rep. Luke Messer introduced legislation Wednesday to block the Obama’s administration’s new guidelines that call on schools to allow transgender students to use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the gender they identify with.

The Shelbyville Republican’s bill would prevent schools from losing federal funding if they don’t follow the guidelines.

Messer said such decisions “should be made at the state and local level by people who will put the interest of our kids ahead of political ideology.”

May 18, 2016

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) filed a bill that would protect students in public schools from the Obama Administration’s threat to deny federal funding to institutions that do not allow students to use their bathroom of choice regardless of their gender.

On May 13th, the Justice Department issued guidance to schools across the country regarding transgender students.  It states schools must allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their gender identity, not their biological sex or face losing Federal funding under Title IX.

May 18, 2016

WASHINGTON—Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) went before the House Ways and Means Committee this week to advocate for teachers, faculty, and staff whose paychecks have been cut due to the Obamacare employer mandate.

The employer mandate requires employers with 50 or more full-time employees to either offer minimum essential coverage healthcare coverage or pay a penalty.  Unfortunately, this portion of the President’s health care law is costing cash-strapped school districts millions of dollars.

May 10, 2016

Education savings accounts: The new frontier in school choice

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

AEI, Twelfth Floor
1150 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Apr 27, 2016

MUNCIE (April 27, 2015)—Ball State University hosted the 3rd Annual Congressional Leadership Academy on Saturday, April 23, 2016.  The event, created in cooperation with Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06), is focused on getting Indiana’s future leaders excited about careers in the sciences and emerging technology.

Feb 24, 2016

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Luke Messer continued to fight for equitable Title I funding for Indiana’s public charter schools.  In a House Education and the Workforce hearing, Congressman Messer pressed Acting Department of Education (DOE) Secretary John King on why it is taking so long for charter schools in Indiana to get their fair share of funding after the DOE found Indiana used an incorrect formula to determine Title I disbursement. 

Feb 4, 2016

WASHINGTON—This week, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a full committee hearing on school choice entitled, “Expanding Educational Opportunity through School Choice.”  As Chairman and founder of the Congressional School Choice Caucus, Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06) has long-advocated for a Congressional hearing on this topic.

Jan 29, 2016

No child should be placed on a wait list to their future. Yet today, more than a million kids in cities across America languish on wait lists for the charter school of their choice. Many more can’t attend the private school of their choice, because their family simply cannot afford it.

Jan 28, 2016

WASHINGTON—This week, parents, students and educators across the country are celebrating the 5th annual National School Choice Week (NSCW).  It’s one week each year dedicated to shining a spotlight on all types of education options for children and the need to create high quality educational opportunities for every child in America.  This year alone, more than 16,000 school choice events are scheduled to take place from coast to coast between January 24th  and January 30th.