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Wabash Alumnus Elected to Indiana General Assembly

05/22/03
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Shelbyville, Indiana—Indiana Republican Party Executive Director Luke Messer has been selected to carry late Representative Roland Stine's torch in the Indiana General Assembly.

Republican Party officials in Shelby and Bartholomew Counties elected Messer to fill the remainder of Rep. Roland Stine's term. Stine was killed in an auto accident last month involving a suspected drunk driver.

"It is with a heavy heart that I enter the General Assembly," said Representative-elect Messer. "Roland was a tremendous leader in our community, and I plan to work tirelessly to continue Roland's legacy of outstanding service."

Messer is a 1991 graduate of Wabash, earned his law degree from Vanderbilt, and is an attorney with the Indianapolis-based law firm of Barnes and Thornburg.

Messer plans to focus his work in the General Assembly on creating good-paying jobs in Indiana and ensuring that every Hoosier child receives a quality education.

"Roland dedicated his life to teaching Hoosier children," said Messer. "I think I owe it to his memory and the future of our state to make sure Indiana has a first-rate public school system."

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Jim Kittle, Jr. calls Messer's victory a win for Hoosier values. "Luke is a good friend and a trusted advisor. He shares a commitment to hard work, faith, and family with the people of Shelby and Bartholomew Counties and I am confident he will represent them well in the General Assembly."

Representative-elect Messer will continue to serve as Executive Director of the Indiana Republican Party.

Information about Messer's swearing-in ceremony will be released at a later date.

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