Senators

Mark Messmer

Contact Information

200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 800-382-9467
or 317-232-9400
Email: Senator.Messmer@iga.in.gov

Legislative Assistant:
Dawna Smith
Phone: 317-232-9840
Email: Dawna.Smith@iga.in.gov

Media Contact:
Laura Hauersperger
Phone: 317-234-9221
Email: Laura.Hauersperger@iga.in.gov

Mark Messmer

Majority Floor Leader

State Senator - District 48

Elected

Indiana State Senate, 2014 - Present
Indiana House of Representatives, 2008 - 2014

Political Affiliation

Republican

Standing Committees

Environmental Affairs, Chair

Joint Rules, Chair

Rules and Legislative Procedure, Ranking Member

Public Policy

Tax and Fiscal Policy 

Education

Purdue University, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Activities

Jasper Kiwanis Club member and previous officer
Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree member 
Government Affairs Chair for the Evansville Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Condition Engineers

Occupation

Owner, Messmer Mechanical, Inc.

Religious Affiliation

Member and Music Minister, Holy Family Catholic Church

Personal

Wife, Kim
Four children

Counties Served

Pike, Spencer, and portions of Dubois, Knox, Gibson, and Warrick counties

Mark Messmer

Majority Floor Leader

State Senator - District 48

Indiana Senate Republicans urge IU to rescind mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy

Members of the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus today sent a letter to Indiana University President Michael McRobbie urging the University to reconsider and rescind the policy mandating all students and staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine. more »

Messmer: Creating urban agricultural zones in Indiana 4.9.2021

Agriculture is a fundamental part of Indiana, contributing more than $31 billion dollars to our economy each year. While farming is predominantly practiced in rural areas of our state, we have recently seen an increased interest in urban agriculture, which enables communities to work together to provide fresh produce for Hoosier families. more »

Messmer: Catching Up Hoosier Students 4.1.2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a tremendous challenge for Hoosier students, causing many to fall behind in their studies. more »

Messmer: Balancing the Powers of Indiana Government 3.26.2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I've heard from many Hoosiers in Senate District 48 who are frustrated by the long-term restrictions on their livelihoods and their lack of recourse or voice in the matter. more »

Messmer: Reinstating certain suspended driver's licenses 3.19.2021

Driving on a suspended license is the No. 1 most common misdemeanor in the state of Indiana, and 80% of those license suspensions relate to failure to appear in court, failure to pay or failure to maintain insurance. more »

Messmer: Bill reinstating certain suspended driver's licenses passes Senate committee 3.17.2021

A bill sponsored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would permit the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to reinstate certain suspended licenses unanimously passed the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law this week. more »

Messmer: Expanding Indiana's Safe Haven Law 3.12.2021

The idea of abandoning a newborn baby is unimaginable for most people, but the unfortunate reality is that some parents believe it's their only option. more »

Messmer: New grant program to help Hoosier businesses and tourism industry 3.5.2021

Countless Hoosier businesses have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with many worried whether they will be able to keep their doors open. more »

Messmer: Session halftime update 2.25.2021

This week, the Indiana General Assembly reached the halfway point of the 2021 legislative session – meaning the Senate and House of Representatives have chosen which of their bills to hear, amend and vote on. During the second half of session, each chamber will swap bills – the Senate will hear House bills and vice versa. more »

Messmer: Strengthening laws against rioting 2.19.2021

Over the past year, cities across the U.S. have been the scene of repeated and prolonged riots. more »

Messmer: Protecting Freedom of Religion 2.15.2021

During an emergency, providing for the spiritual needs of a community can be just as essential as other forms of relief. A Gallup poll taken at the end of 2020 found that Americans who attend a weekly religious service are more likely than any other listed demographic group to say their mental health is "excellent." This group is also the only listed demographic where the percent of members with "excellent" mental health went up in 2020. more »

Messmer's bill expanding victims’ rights passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would allow Hoosiers to request the re-opening of a death investigation today passed the Senate unanimously. more »

Messmer: Bill to improve local government accountability passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would improve local government accountability by establishing an appeals process for local health orders issued during a state disaster emergency passed the Senate Monday by a vote of 40-8. more »

Messmer: COVID-19 liability protections passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would provide liability protections to Indiana businesses, organizations and individuals in coronavirus-related lawsuits passed the Senate today by a vote of 40-8. more »

Messmer authors COVID-19 liability protection legislation for Hoosier businesses

Last week, State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) filed Senate Bill 1, which would provide liability protections to Indiana businesses and individuals if they become involved in a COVID-19 lawsuit. more »

Indiana Senate Republicans Announce Leadership Team for 122nd General Assembly

The Indiana Senate Majority Caucus met today in Indianapolis to elect its leadership team for the 122nd General Assembly. more »

Statement from State Sen. Mark Messmer upon the passage of House Bill 1007

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper), Majority Floor Leader of the Indiana Senate, made the following statement today upon passage of House Bill 1007: more »

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) made the following statement today regarding State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) being selected as the next Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives

State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) made the following statement today regarding State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) being selected as the next Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives: more »

Updating utility services for Hoosiers

In 2013, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law allowing utility companies to recover infrastructure improvement costs through the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s (IURC) Transmission, Distribution and Storage System Improvement Charge. This tool, commonly referred to as a tracker, helps utility companies invest effectively in their infrastructure’s health. more »

Supporting Indiana’s agriculture industry

Indiana is one of the most successful farming states in the nation, ranking among the top 10 according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). more »

Messmer: Bill to increase protections for abuse victims passes House

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would increase protections for victims of abuse in Indiana recently passed the Indiana House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 92 to 4. more »

Legalizing hemp production in Indiana

Indiana is a state that is largely supported by its agriculture industry. More than 100,000 Hoosiers are employed in this sector, and over 14 million acres are designated as farmland. This industry is critical to our strong economy. It’s important Indiana continues to provide farmers with opportunities to thrive. more »

Messmer: Bill to support Hoosiers with chronic pain passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would help support Hoosiers who experience chronic pain passed the Senate today unanimously. more »

Messmer: Bill to improve broadband services in Indiana passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would increase internet accessibility in Indiana recently passed the Senate unanimously. more »

Messmer: Bill to increase protection for abuse victims passes committee

A bill authored by State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) that would increase protections for victims of abuse in Indiana recently passed the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law unanimously. more »

Mark Messmer

State Senator - District 48

2021 Summary of New Laws - Sen. Messmer

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Mark Messmer

State Senator - District 48

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