The Honorable Luke Messer

Principal & Former Member of Congress - Faegre Drinker 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!” Today, Luke advises companies and not-for-profit entities nationwide on federal policy and regulatory developments that impact their bottom line. In every engagement, Luke works to drive outcomes, not just go through the motions.

Throughout his career, Luke has earned a reputation for creating bipartisan solutions and delivering results. Drawing from a three-term tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, including four years as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, Luke understands the competing interests that shape federal government policy — and works to ensure private sector leaders have a voice in the process. 

Executive Branch Advocacy

Luke advises on executive branch activity, including navigating interactions with agency leaders and regulators. He distills complicated federal government developments into prompt, precise messages that keep his clients ahead of the curve.

Federal Government Experience

Luke served as the U.S. Congressman for Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District from 2013 to 2019. 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, he 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 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.

State Government Experience

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.

Business and Not-for-Profit Leadership Experience

Luke understands the challenges that private sector leaders face because he has lived those challenges. Prior to Congress, Luke served 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. In addition, Luke has owned his own small business and served as regulatory council for the crude oil pipeline division of a large oil company.

Bipartisan Accomplishments

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.

Personal Interests

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.

Luke is a consulting professional within Faegre Drinker Consulting, and does not act as a lawyer for clients. Learn more about the Faegre Drinker Consulting practice.


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Vanderbilt University Law School
J.D. Law Review (1994)

Wabash College
B.A. in Speech, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1991)

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