David A. Wolkins

David A. Wolkins

Representative | District 18

Contact Information

Phone: 317-232-9648

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h18@iga.in.gov

Press Contact

Emily Gaylord

Phone: 317-232-9824

Email: emily.gaylord@iga.in.gov

2016 Digest of Enactments

It is an honor to serve the people of District 18. I believe that the best government is a small government. We need to end the bureaucracy and red tape and allow Hoosiers to make decisions for themselves. These beliefs have shaped how I govern and will continue to do so.

My website is designed to provide a link between the district and the Statehouse. The links section provides many tools to learning more about District 18 and should serve as a guide to local government.

Feel free to contact me with an questions or concerns. I appreciate your input and support.

Sincerely, 

David A. Wolkins

 

Indiana House of Representatives: 1988-Present

House District 18: Wabash County and portions of Kosciusko, Miami, and Grant Counties

Address: 277 S 325 E, Warsaw, IN 46582

Telephone:

Toll-free Statehouse: (800) 382-9841

Direct Line: (317) 232-9671

Committees:

Environmental Affairs, Chairman

Select Committee on Government Reduction, Vice Chair

Government and Regulatory Reform

Natural Resources

Occupation: Self-employed

Education:

B.S. from Greenville College

M.S. from St. Francis College

Community Activities:

Served 18 Years on the Winona Lake Town Board, as President and Vice-President

State Representative David Wolkins has had a constant focus on eminent domain since 2003. He has been devoted to creating legislation that would clarify the law and protect property owners' rights. During the 2006 legislative session, he authored House Enrolled Act 1010 (HEA 1010), which makes it more difficult for the government to seize property through eminent domain laws by more clearly defining requirements of property acquisition.

Rep. Wolkins received his Bachelor of Science from Greenville College and his Masters from St. Francis College. After completing his formal education, he was a school teacher from 1965 to 1977. He was a very active teacher, who coached cross country and the track team. In 1977, Wolkins decided to go into business for himself and opened the Case Farm Tractor Dealership, his business selling farm equipment until 1981. Then he became the Vice President of ABC Travel Inc, where he worked until 1988, when he was elected to the State Legislature. Even with his busy schedule and many careers, he managed to dedicate 18 years to the Winona Lake Town Board. During his tenure on the town board, he served as President and Vice President.

Currently, the Wolkins family resides in Winona Lake, Indiana. Rep. Wolkins is married to Candace Wolkins and they have a son named Matthew. The family attends the Free Methodist Church.

 

House District 18 consists of all of Wabash County and portions of Kosciusko, Miami and Grant counties in north central Indiana.

Wolkins: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, August 25, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 25, 2016) — Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw). This year, Wolkins supported legislation establishing the state’s Community Crossings matching grant fund, which will provide about $160 million to Indiana cities, towns and

Wolkins to chair Environmental Affairs summer study committee

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, June 23, 2016

STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2016) — State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) will be serving as chair of the Interim Study Committee on Environmental Affairs. In preparation for the 2017 legislative session, which begins in January, interim study committee members meet to examine assigned topics, gather testimonies and identify potential legislation. “As

Rep. Wolkins comments on Wabash's win

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Friday, May 13, 2016

Note to the press: Please include the following statement from Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) in your coverage of the Small Business Revolution contest. “By winning the Small Business Revolution contest, Wabash has shown the strength of a community uniting and rooting for their hometown. Not only will $500,000 be directly invested in small-business

Wolkins: Wabash County farms receive distinguished award

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Tuesday, March 29, 2016

STATEHOUSE (March 29, 2016) — State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) congratulates two Wabash County families for their designation as Hoosier Homestead award recipients. The following list includes the farms that received Hoosier Homestead awards: The Schuler Family Farm, has been in operation since 1911 and received the centennial award; and The

Rep. Wolkins welcomes student page to the Statehouse

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Wednesday, March 16, 2016

STATEHOUSE (March 16, 2016)—State Rep. David Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) recently welcomed the following student page to the Statehouse: Alexys Martin, from Amboy, attends White’s Junior/Senior High School. As a House page, Martin toured government offices, helped staff with daily duties and joined Wolkins on the House floor as he conducted the

Rep. Wolkins: Kosciusko County student gaining experience with the legislature

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Monday, February 22, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 22, 2016) – State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) welcomes Kosciusko County resident, Clay Miller, to the Statehouse where he is interning with the House of Representatives during the 2016 legislative session. Miller, a resident of Wynona Lake, is the son of Steve and Lydia Miller. An Ohio Virtual Academy graduate, Miller currently

Rep. Wolkins supports road funding bill

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Monday, February 8, 2016

Note to the press: Please include the following statement from Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) in your coverage of House Bill 1001 regarding road funding. “This proposal would provide adequate funding to maintain and repair our state’s infrastructure with a long-term solution, versus other short-term plans. Under this bill a larger portion of the

Legislation allowing mini-trucks on the road signed into law

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, May 8, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) authored legislation that allows mini-trucks to be driven on Indiana roads, excluding interstate highways. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1047 was recently signed into law by Governor Mike Pence.

Rep. Wolkins Honors Arc of Wabash County

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, April 7, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) authored a resolution to honor Arc of Wabash County at the Statehouse. For 60 years, Arc of Wabash County has consistently provided services and opportunities for persons with disabilities to live meaningful lives. 

Legislation increasing government efficiency passes House

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, February 5, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) authored House Bill (HB) 1350 which would increase government efficiency by providing the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) greater flexibility to manage their day-to-day operations. The bill passed unanimously out of the Indiana House of Representatives on Thursday. 

Rep. Wolkins joins Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, January 30, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw), fellow legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse Thursday in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to raise awareness of the fight against cancer. 

Rep. Wolkins’ mini-truck bill passes House

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, January 22, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) authored legislation that allows mini-trucks to be driven on some Indiana roads, which passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Thursday with a 88-3 vote and will now be considered by the Senate for further discussion and debate. 

[R18] Motor driven cycle bill aims to keep motorists safe and operators accountable (3/4/2014)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Start Date: 3/4/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 3/4/2014 STATEHOUSE — State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) authored legislation concerning registration and operation of motor driven cycles, which passed the Indiana Senate on Tuesday with a 26-22 vote. House Bill (HB) 1343 repeals outdated language concerning scooters and motorized bicycles

[R18] Indiana House celebrates FFA page day (2/27/2014)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Start Date: 2/27/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/27/2014 STATEHOUSE — State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) and fellow state representatives welcomed a group of House pages on Thursday as part of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Page Day. Rep. Wolkins was joined by Lane Wolf from Whitko High School. “The FFA is a great

[R18] Motor driven cycle bill establishes license and registration requirements (2/3/2014)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Start Date: 2/3/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/3/2014 STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) authored legislation concerning registration and operation of motor driven cycles, which passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Monday with a 81-14 vote. House Bill (HB) 1343 replaces Indiana's obsolete moped laws and establishes

[r18] Bill regarding recycling passes House (1/29/2014)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Start Date: 1/29/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/29/2014 STATEHOUSE — State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) authored legislation concerning recycling, which passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Wednesday. House Bill (HB) 1183 requires recycling collectors to submit an annual activity report to the Indiana Department of

[R18] Bill regarding recycling passes House (1/29/2014)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Start Date: 1/29/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/29/2014 STATEHOUSE — State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) authored legislation concerning recycling, which passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Wednesday. House Bill (HB) 1183 requires recycling collectors to submit an annual activity report to the Indiana Department of

[R18] Rep. Wolkins appointed to summer study committees (6/24/2013)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Start Date: 6/24/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/24/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE — State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) has been appointed to serve on the Compliance Advisory Panel and the Environmental Quality Service Council. “Being appointed to the Environmental Quality Service Council is an honor,” said Rep.

[R18] House Republican Legislative Priorities Achieved (4/26/2013)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Start Date: 4/26/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/26/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE — Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), announced the end of session, or Sine Die on Friday evening, closing out a year of priorities achieved. The House Republican agenda, “Own Your American Dream” which

[R18] Hoosier farmers recognized for achievements (3/22/2013)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Start Date: 3/22/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 3/22/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE – State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) congratulates the Van Buskirk Farm of Wabash County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented today by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana

[R18] Local children battling Juvenile Myositis recognized at the Statehouse (3/18/2013)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Start Date: 3/18/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 3/18/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE – State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) brought House Resolution 46 to the floor today raising awareness for Juvenile Myositis, an autoimmune disease affecting nearly 5,000 children in the United States. Katherine Alderfer, a resident of Winona Lake, was

[R18] Fighting against Hoosier Hunger (2/14/2013)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Start Date: 2/14/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/14/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE — Members of the General Assembly have joined forces in the fight against Hoosier hunger. Partnering with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry Inc., a statewide association of Feeding America affiliated food banks, lawmakers are working to raise awareness and assist

[R18] Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse (1/29/2013)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Start Date: 1/29/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/29/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) and House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse on Monday in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to promote awareness of the fight against cancer. According to the American Cancer

[R18] Hire family farm receives Hoosier Homestead Award (8/9/2012)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Start Date: 8/9/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/9/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMSTATEHOUSE — Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and Agriculture Director Joe Kelsay honored the Hire Family Farm at Wednesday’s Hoosier Homestead Award Ceremony at the Indiana State Fair. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that have been

[R18] Governor signs Rep. Wolkins' bill promoting smaller government (3/28/2012)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Start Date: 3/28/2012 All Day End Date: 3/28/2012 Elkhart County Rep. Dave Wolkins joined Gov. Mitch Daniels today as he signed House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1002, legislation that calls for smaller state government. HEA 1002 repeals 23 various committees, commissions and boards throughout state government that were deemed outdated,

[R18] Rep. Wolkins' sewage legislation signed by Gov. Daniels (3/27/2012)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Start Date: 3/27/2012 All Day End Date: 3/27/2012 Elkhart County Rep. Dave Wolkins’ (R-Winona Lake) legislation addressing regional water, sewage and solid waste districts and utilities was signed into law by Governor Mitch Daniels on Friday. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1117 requires notice and a public hearing before a petition may be

[r18] Rep. Wolkins supports water utility legislation in House (2/27/2012)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Start Date: 2/27/2012End Date: 2/27/2012 STATEHOUSE—Legislation sponsored by Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) concerning reporting requirements for water utility service passed the Indiana House of Representatives with a 70-27 vote today. Senate Bill (SB) 132 would require each water utility that provides water service to the public in Indiana for a

[r18] Rep. Wolkins sponsors legislation passing through the House (2/21/2012)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Start Date: 2/21/2012End Date: 2/21/2012 STATEHOUSE—Legislation sponsored by Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) concerning liability for underground storage tanks passed the Indiana House of Representatives unanimously today. Senate Bill (SB) 168 would allow the state to impose a lien on the property of an owner or operator of an underground storage

[r18] Rep. Wolkins' bill promoting smaller government moving along (2/16/2012)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Start Date: 2/16/2012 End Date: 2/16/2012 STATEHOUSE—Members of the Senate Committee on Public Policy passed Rep. Dave Wolkins’ (R-Winona Lake) legislation, House Bill (HB) 1002, which calls for a smaller government, out of committee. Aiming for a leaner, more efficient state government, members of the Select Committee on

[r18] Rep. Wolkins honors Super Bowl committee (2/14/2012)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Start Date: 2/14/2012End Date: 2/14/2012 STATEHOUSE—Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) along with his colleagues in the Indiana House took time today to honor members of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee and the City of Indianapolis for their efforts in hosting Super Bowl XLVI. The Super Bowl Host Committee served as the city’s ambassadors for

[r18] Waste water among top issues passing through House (1/31/2012)

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Start Date: 1/31/2012End Date: 1/31/2012 STATEHOUSE—Rep. Dave Wolkins’ (R-Winona Lake) legislation addressing regional water, sewage and solid waste districts passed the Indiana House of Representatives with a 76-20 vote today. House Bill (HB) 1117 would establish a public hearing before a petition may be filed to establish a regional water,

[r18] Legislation to streamline small government passes (1/30/2012)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Start Date: 1/30/2012End Date: 1/30/2012 STATEHOUSE—Legislation authored by Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) calling for smaller government passed through the Indiana House today unanimously. House Bill (HB) 1002 was created in response to Speaker Brian C. Bosma’s (R-Indianapolis) call upon the members of the Select Committee on Government

[r18] Setting the record straight (1/25/2012)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Start Date: 1/25/2012End Date: 1/25/2012 As a state legislator, you are presented with a tough job. It is a job that requires you to take on a responsibility that involves making tough decisions and casting tough votes. No, I am not talking about Right to Work legislation. I am talking about House Bill 1006, which deals with licensing in Indiana. I seldom

[r18] Rep. Wolkins honored as "Legislator of the Year" (8/5/2011)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Start Date: 8/5/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/5/2011 "As a long standing member of the ALEC community, it is a true honor to be given such a distinguished award," said Rep. Wolkins. "As a state elected official, I have always been committed to less government and protecting property rights-two items that are fundamental to ALEC's priorities." "I am pleased to

[r18] Rep. Wolkins ranked as a "pro-jobs" legislator (7/25/2011)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Start Date: 7/25/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/25/2011 "Indiana continues to surpass its neighboring states in many ways - job growth being one of them," said Rep. Wolkins. "If we want to continue leading the way through this troubling economy, we have to be persistent in finding more ways to foster job growth and continually improve our economy. I am pleased for

[r18] Summer Jobs Program Offer Youth A Chance to Earn While They Learn (4/14/2010)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Start Date: 4/14/2010 All DayEnd Date: 4/14/2010Summer Jobs Program Offer Youth A Chance to EarnWhile They LearnHoosier recreation facilities and parks will receive a facelift through new program STATEHOUSE - Thousands of young Hoosiers will receive the opportunity to have a summer job, even in a downtrodden economy. Many state recreation facilities and

[r18] Rep. Wolkins Claims Victory for 2010 Legislative Session (3/13/2010)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Start Date: 3/13/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/13/2010Rep. Wolkins Claims Victory for 2010 Legislative Session STATEHOUSE - State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) claimed victory for the 2010 Legislative Session. Rep. Wolkins assisted passing three bills, with his votes to which will do what is best for his local communities as well as all of Indiana.

[r18] Rep. Wolkins Asks the Fed to Stop the EPA (3/11/2010)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Start Date: 3/11/2010 All DayEnd Date: 3/11/2010STATEHOUSE - Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake), along with over 90 legislators representing 41 states, sent a letter to U.S. Senators expressing concerns over the EPA's plan to regulate greenhouse gases. The letter, sent by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), was to encourage bipartisan efforts

[r18] House Approved Mini-trucks on Local Roads (1/26/2010)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Start Date: 1/26/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/26/2010House Approved Mini-trucks on Local Roads STATEHOUSE- The Indiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 1175 which would allow the use of mini-trucks on local roads and state roads if properly titled and registered by the BMV. Mini-truck dealers must also register as a dealer in Indiana. Mini-trucks are

[r18] Rep. Wolkins Endorses Budget Proposal (6/2/2009)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Start Date: 6/2/2009 All DayEnd Date: 6/2/2009

[r18] Rep. Wolkins' Bill Works to Improve Air Quality in Schools and State Agencies (5/15/2009)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Start Date: 5/15/2009 All DayEnd Date: 5/15/2009

[r18] Rep. Wolkins: Federal Aid for Damage Requested (4/8/2009)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Start Date: 4/8/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/8/2009

[r18] Democrat April Fool's Joke: No Tax Caps This Year (4/1/2009)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Start Date: 4/1/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/1/2009

[r18] Rep. Wolkins Honors Families of Fallen Indiana Soldiers (3/24/2009)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Start Date: 3/24/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/24/2009 Rep. Wolkins Honors Families of Fallen Indiana Soldiers (STATEHOUSE) March 24, 2009 - Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) today joined the Indiana General Assembly in honoring the families of Indiana soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice defending their country, especially those fighting the war on

[r18] House Approved Mini Trucks on Local Roads (2/12/2009)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Start Date: 2/12/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/12/2009House Approved Mini Trucks on Local Roads (STATEHOUSE) Feb. 12, 2009 - Indiana's House of Representatives passed House Bill 1043 which would allow the use of mini trucks on local roads and one lane highways if properly titled and registered by the BMV. Mini truck dealers must also register as a dealer in

[r18] Bill Would Create Silver Alert (2/6/2009)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Start Date: 2/6/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/6/2009Bill Would Create Silver Alert (STATEHOUSE) Feb. 6, 2009 - The House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee unanimously passed a bill that would create a Silver Alert for missing older Hoosiers. House Bill 1512 would inform the public and police quickly through the new Indiana Clearinghouse for

[r18] Rep. Wolkins to Investigate Tree-Trimming by Utilities (2/29/2008)

Friday, February 29, 2008

Start Date: 2/29/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/29/2008 "I am concerned about the lack of oversight for utilities engaging in tree-trimming activities," said Rep. Wolkins. "Some of the cutting that has occurred in our area has shown a lack of respect for the rights of homeowners. I am eager to research what sort of regulations can be put in place to protect our

[r18] Interim Study Committees Begin (7/20/2007)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Start Date: 7/20/2007 All DayEnd Date: 7/20/2007-30-
Rep. Wolkins advocates for legislation on the House floor.
Rep. Wolkins welcomes a student page to the Statehouse.
Rep. Wolkins talks with colleagues on the House floor.