U.S. Rep. Luke Messer announced Wednesday that his Senate candidacy has won the backing of a colleague in the Indiana congressional delegation.
Messer, R-6th, said Rep. Susan Brooks, R-5th, has endorsed him and will be honorary chairwoman of a statewide group known as Women for Luke.
Messer seeks the Republican nomination in 2018 for the seat of Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind. Other announced candidates for the GOP nomination are Rep. Todd Rokita, R-4th; state Rep. Mike Braun, R-Jasper; Hamilton County entrepreneur Terry Henderson; Kokomo attorney Mark Hurt; and New Albany college administrator Andrew Takami.
Brooks, a Carmel resident who grew up in Fort Wayne, said in a statement that Messer "is a proven conservative, but more than that, he is a respected and skillful leader who builds the relationships necessary to get our shared priorities enacted into law. His principles and strong communication skills have made him a go-to leader in the House, and those same attributes will enable Luke to deliver results when he arrives in the U. S. Senate."