Indiana’s Messer tapped for No. 5 House GOP spot

Luke Messer. (Provided Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Republican Rep. Luke Messer has won an intraparty battle to become the U.S. House Republicans’ policy leader.

Messer won a closed-door battle for control of the Republican Policy Committee on Thursday, becoming the only member of Indiana’s congressional delegation in Republican leadership. He beat out two other congressmen for the fifth-ranking spot for the caucus.

The last Indiana congressman to serve in the Republican leadership was then-U.S. Rep. Mike Pence. Pence used his post as chair of the House Republican Conference to develop strong national fundraising ties. He stepped down from the position shortly before announcing he would run for governor. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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