State Representative Mark Messmer of Jasper has been named Legislator of the Year by the Indiana Bankers Association. Messmer was recognized for his assistance in ushering in the signing of a bill reducing the Financial Institutions Tax and safeguarding 300-million dollars in the Public Deposit Insurance Fund. The fund protects state and local funds deposited in approved financial institutions. The PDIF pool was funded by Indiana banks. Messmer represents Daviess, Pike, Martin and Dubois counties.