The Washington Times-Herald

March 19, 2014

Mark Messmer retiring from Indiana House


The Washington Times-Herald

---- — After serving House District 63 for six years, State Representative Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) is retiring from the Indiana General Assembly. Recently, Caucus Chairwoman State Representative Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville), and fellow House Republicans, honored Rep. Messmer for his years of service and commitment to improving the lives of those he served.

“For the past six years, I have had the unique opportunity of serving the community that I love in the Indiana House,” said Rep. Messmer. “I am extremely thankful that my community has entrusted me with their well-being, and I am humbled by the opportunities that I have been given.”

During his time in the Indiana House of Representatives, Rep. Messmer has served as Chairman of the Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee and as a member of the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee, the Financial Institutions Committee and the Public Policy Committee.

“Mark has done a tremendous job as Chairman and in representing his constituents of southwest Indiana. He has provided wise counsel and has taken a lead role in overseeing crucial issues in business and economic development,” said Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis).

In 2012, Rep. Messmer served as a co-sponsor on Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 4, which dealt with human trafficking. This was a vitally important piece of legislation considering Indianapolis would soon be hosting the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl has long had an issue with human trafficking, and Rep. Messmer wanted to take precautionary steps to ensure adequate protection for Hoosiers. Under SEA 4, human trafficking was made a Class B felony. A Class B felony is punishable by a prison term ranging from 6 to 20 years depending upon mitigating and aggravating circumstances.

This session, Rep. Messmer authored HB 1332 which takes several entrepreneurship initiatives and organizations and combines them into a single office known as the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE). The goal of this legislation was not only to bring more efficiency to government but also to focus on the needs of small businesses, the backbone of Indiana’s economy.

Rep. Messmer has also been very supportive of Hoosier veterans and military bases. This year, he authored HB 1052 to expand the definition of “military base” to include the Glendora Lake Test Facility in Sullivan County. The Naval Surface Warfare Center at Crane uses this facility for missile tests and other important functions. Local governments are unable to take action concerning planning or zoning within three miles of the perimeter of a military base without first notifying the base’s commander. By adding the lake to the definition of “military base,” this provides Crane an opportunity to preempt any actions by a local government which would impede their ability to operate the base.

“I cannot thank my fellow legislators enough for this unexpected honor,” said Rep. Messmer. “Every representative that I have had the pleasure to serve with brings tremendous dedication and vitality to our capitol, always working to make a positive difference for Indiana. It is with bittersweet emotions and a lot of wonderful memories that I retire from serving House District 63. I will always cherish my time in the Indiana House of Representatives.”