Jasper-area State Representative Mark Messmer will seek the Indiana Senate seat being vacated by outgoing Democratic senator Lindel Hume at the completion of Hume’s term.

Hume will have served for 40 years in the state legislature when he steps down at the end of his current term. Hume announced his intentions to step down at at dinner sponsored by the Pike County Democrats.

Messmer, a Republican, is currently representing House District 63, which covers Bainbridge, Boone, Columbia, Hall, Harbison, Madison, and Marion townships in Dubois County as well as parts of Pike, Daviess, and Martin counties. Messmer intends to make an official announcement on his intentions when the current legislative session ends in May.

Hume represents Senate District 48, which covers Bainbridge, Boone, Cass, Madison, and Patoka townships in Dubois County as well as parts of Spencer, Pike, Warrick, Gibson, and Knox counties.