Bryant “Corky” Messner
Successful businessman, veteran, proud father and patriot, Bryant “Corky” Messner is running to defeat career politician Jeanne Shaheen to represent New Hampshire in the United States Senate.
Raised in a blue-collar family in Altoona, PA – Corky left home at age 17 to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he played football and prepared for his military service. Upon his graduation in 1979 Corky became an Army Ranger, serving abroad guarding the Berlin Wall during the Cold War.
Following his military service, Corky attended Law School at the University of Denver. He went on to found the law firm Messner Reeves LLP and grow that business to more than 100 lawyers, 200 employees and offices in nine cities.
A father of three, Corky’s two sons are West Point Cadets and his daughter is preparing to attend medical school. A strong conservative, Corky is passionate about service and excited for the opportunity to give back to a country that has offered him the opportunity to live the American Dream.
Corky has served and assisted various non-profit organizations including the Wentworth Watershed Association, Army West Point Athletic Association, The Rise School Denver and the Messner Foundation. Corky resides in Wolfeboro, NH.
Corky wrote an article recently on why Millennials are far more conservative than Democrats may realize.
A Lifelong Conservative
- Improve Free Market Healthcare
- Stand Up to Democrats’ Socialist Agenda
- Make Middle Class Tax Cuts Permanent
- Maintain Strong National Security & Border Security
- Reduce Government Spending and the Debt
- Pro-Second Amendment
- Pro Life
A Proud Granite Stater
New Hampshire has long attracted people from across the country, folks who are drawn to the state’s scenic beauty, entrepreneurial spirit, and spirited, engaged citizenry, and Corky Messner was one of them.
Born and raised in Altoona, PA, Corky first came to New Hampshire in the late 1970s as a young West Pointer to help a fellow cadet close up his aunt’s camp near Mt. Monadnock.
“I fell in love with the state. I loved its people and its rugged landscape. This was a place that valued individualism and hard work, and its residents had a positivism and independence that appealed to me. I made a promise to myself that one day, I would be a Granite Stater.”
Corky bought a home on Lake Wentworth in 2007, and visited each summer, making improvements so the house could be used year-round. He and his family spent as much of his free time as possible in New Hampshire, also purchasing other properties: a lot adjacent to his Wolfeboro home in 2012, and two additional parcels near his home in 2016.
As soon as family and business commitments allowed, he made New Hampshire his legal residence.
Corky has long been involved in the local community. After purchasing his home in 2007, he supported the Lake Wentworth Foundation, serving on its board of directors from 2013 to 2017. His activities with the Foundation included facilitating the acquisition by a third party of 5 acres of lakefront property for conservation purposes in 2014 and assisting in the creation of a 150-acre conservation easement in 2015.
He worked with fellow members in finalizing the merger of Lake Wentworth Foundation and Lake Wentworth Association into Wentworth Watershed Association (WWA) in 2017.
Messner currently leases office space in Wolfeboro and subleases that office at a lower rent to the WWA. In 2018, he entered into a contract to purchase 111 acres at the request of the WWA, later assigning that contract to the Association.
He is now in discussions to donate property he acquired in 2018 at request of the WWA for use as the group’s headquarters.
Since coming to the area in 2007, Messner has also worked to support local businesses. He provides free legal advice to many, was involved in local efforts in 2011 to address proposed rezoning that local residents feared would adversely impact water quality, and is sure to use local contractors and companies for numerous projects involving his properties.