This article was published in the Dearborn County Register on November 12, 2015.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has appointed Sixth District U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, chair of the House Republican Policy Committee, to the task force charged with overhauling and diversifying the Republican Conference’s powerful Steering Committee. Messer has led the charge in recent weeks to change Republican Conference rules and its current top-down power structure. Instead, Messer wants a more inclusive and open approach to legislating.

“People are frustrated with Washington, D.C. and tired of the status quo. They want to see Congress working for them,” said Messer.
“That’s why I’m encouraged by Speaker Ryan’s efforts to open up the process, push past old models of operating and ensure every citizen has a voice through their member of Congress. Changing the Steering Committee is an important first step toward those reforms.”

The steering committee is one of the most influential committees for House Republicans. Its members are charged with voting on and approving committee chairs and the committee assignments for rank-and-file members. Messer will serve on the panel with Speaker Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy,  R-Calif., Rodney Davis of Illinois, Bob Goodlatte and Morgan Griffith of Virginia, and Richard Hudson and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina.