INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The weekly republican address is often delivered by a member of Congress and this week it will be Indiana Congressman Luke Messer.
It's unusual not only because Luke Messer is a freshman, but also because he is the third freshman from Indiana to deliver the GOP address this year.
Only 26 Congressmen get the honor on an annual basis. The message will go out to a national audience Saturday.
"You know," says Messer (R-Sixth District,) "it's a heady experience for a young guy that grew up in Greensburg, Ind., lives with his family in Shelbyville to be speaking to the entire nation, particularly only after being in Washington for only a few months."
It's part of an American ritual.
Each Saturday, the president delivers his weekly address and then republicans offer a response.
In April, Indiana freshman Jackie Walorski had the honor. And before that, in early February, yet another Indiana freshman, Susan Brooks, played role of party spokesperson.
Messer says it's all evidence that Indiana is an important state for conservative leaders. But he got the nod, in part, because this week's message is about a GOP effort to stop a hike in student loan interest rates.
"I think I was chosen because I'd co-authored a bill on student loan interest rates," he says, "and because I was a product of Pell Grants and student loans."
No matter, it's an opportunity that could open the door to bigger things.
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