Congressman-elect Luke Messer (6th District) is moving to Washington and he’s taking his family with him. There is some political risk attached to the decision yet Messer says it was an easy one for his family to make. He and his wife have three children and they have already found a home in Virginia. “I’m very serious about being a good Congressman,” says Messer, “but I’m also serious about being a good dad and a good husband.”
Residency has been a high profile issue this year as Senator Richard Lugar was defeated in part because he used a west side home as a voting residence while he lived in a Washington suburb in Virginia. Residency questions also contributed to a primary loss for Congressional candidate David McIntosh, but Messer says he’s ready to defend his decision. “I will tell you we’re being very clear about what we’re gonna do,” he says. “I campaigned and made very clear during my campaign that this was a factor that we would do as a family and I think it’s important to stay connected to your district which we’ll work hard to do.”
Messer has two daughters and a son, ages 9, 8, and 5 and says the fact that they are so young is one reason why he is unwilling to commute. Messer, who is from Shelbyville, plans to keep an Indiana residence and says he will have at least three district offices. He also says he will have what he calls an “aggressive” travel schedule in the effort to return frequently.
His family plans to make the move in late January. He says, “For our family we are certain this is the right choice.” Of course, it will ultimately be up to the voters to decide if it’s the right decision for them.
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