Former Indiana Congressman Luke Messer has joined Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting as a principal in Washington, D.C., where he will advise businesses and other entities across the nation on federal regulatory and policy developments.
Messer, a Republican who served Indiana’s 6th Congressional District from 2013 to 2019, will co-lead the firm’s bipartisan federal advocacy team with Faegre principal Ted Bristol, who served as a legislative advisor to senior Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate.
“I am excited to join a major firm with a strong presence in Washington, D.C. and nationwide,” Messer said. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to help clients navigate the complex maze of federal policy decisions in Washington.”
Messer opted to run for the U.S. Senate during the 2018 midterms instead of seeking re-election to the House. However, he lost in the May Republican primary to Jasper businessman Mike Braun, who eventually beat incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in November.
While on Capitol Hill, Messer successfully authored legislation addressing banking, taxation, immigration, federal deregulation, foreign affairs and education issues. He served on the House committees on financial services, education and the workforce, budget and foreign affairs. Also, he was chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, focusing partly on clean energy, women in the workforce, law enforcement and the American worker.
Tom Froehle, Faegre Baker Daniels chair and managing partner, said the law firm was pleased to welcome Messer.
“Our firm has always had an active practice working with federal, state and local government decision makers,” he said. “Luke’s addition strengthens our expertise and ability to help clients achieve their (legal and) public policy objectives.”
Messer graduated summa cum laude from Wabash College with a bachelor’s degree in speech in 1991 and earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1994.