Don Lehe

Don Lehe

Representative | District 25

Contact Information

Phone: 317-232-9753

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h25@iga.in.gov

Press Contact

Brenda Holmes

Phone: 317-232-9693

Email: brenda.holmes@iga.in.gov

2016 Digest of Enactments

Welcome to my website. I hope that you find the links and other information to be of use.

I am proud to have served as a State Representative since 2002, when I represented House District 15 until 2012 and now as your representative for House District 25. In my time at the Statehouse, I have focused on fixing issues that citizens in my district are facing as well as addressing statewide concerns. I am pleased to represent the Hoosiers from White, Cass, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe Counties.

I am always glad to hear the views of the citizens in my district. Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts, questions or concerns you have about state government.

Sincerely,

Don Lehe
State Representative
House District 25

Indiana House of Representatives: 2002 - present

House District 25: Covering a large portion of White County and sections of Cass, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe Counties.

House Standing Committees:

  • Agriculture and Rural Development (Chair)
  • Public Health
  • Environmental Affairs

Interim Study Committees: 

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources (Vice Chair)
  • Corn Marketing Council

Address:

  • 10644 S. 100 E., Brookston, IN 47923 (In district)
  • 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Telephone:

  • 317-234-2993 (Statehouse)
  • 765-563-3620 (In district)

Education: B.S. Purdue University, 1970

Occupation: Co-owner/Operator, Lehe Farms, Inc.

State Representative Don Lehe serves House District 25, which encompasses a large portion of White County and sections of Cass, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe Counties. He was first elected to serve the public as a Frontier School Board member in 1980 and served until 1998. He was elected to the Indiana General Assembly in 2002 as the representative for House District 15. During his first term he focused attention on Indiana's farming and agriculture industry, and promoted rural development and job creation for the citizens of Northwest and West Central Indiana. After redistricting, he was elected as representative for House District 25 in 2012.

At the Statehouse, he continues to promote the agriculture industry, but has also expanded his agenda to include issues such as child labor laws and employment certificates for teens. Previously, Rep. Lehe co-authored legislation that allows teens to obtain more than one work permit as long as they meet the Department of Labor guidelines. Representative Lehe is the Chair of the Agriculture and Rural Development committee as well as a member of Environmental Affairs and Public Health. 

Representative Lehe is the owner and operator of Lehe Farms, Inc. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, and taught high school for two years before moving to farming full time. He is involved with Farm Bureau, Indiana Pork Producers, the Indiana Cattlemen Association, the American Soybean Association, the American Corn Association, as well as the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion, and is a member of St. Ann Catholic Church. He and his wife, Kathy have four children and reside in White County.

Community Activities:

  • Frontier School Corporation President (7 years) Board Member (18 years)
  • White County Community Foundation, Board Member
  • Indiana National Guard (6 years)
  • White County Agriculture Association President (2 years), Board Member (10 years)
  • 4-H Advisory Committee, President (2 years), Board Member (5 years)
  • 4-H Leader (25 years)
  • Indiana Pork Producers (30 years)
  • State Executive Committee (4 years)
  • Indiana Farm Bureau (30 years)
  • National Corn Growers Association
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Indiana School Boards Association (20 years)
  • St. Ann's Catholic Church
  • Frontier PTO
  • American Legion
  • Knights of Columbus
  • National Right to Life
  • National Rifle Association
  • Eagle Forum

House District 25 includes a large portion of White County and sections of Cass, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe counties in west central Indiana.

Lehe: Local farms honored at the Indiana State Fair

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, August 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 12, 2016 STATEHOUSE (Aug. 12, 2016) — Two local farms were recognized Friday with Hoosier Homestead awards for 150 years of family farm ownership, according to State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston). The Whitteberry,

Lehe to chair Agriculture, Natural Resources summer study committee

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, June 23, 2016

STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2016) — State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) will be serving as chair of the Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. 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.

Lehe response to state park dedication

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, June 10, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 10, 2016 Lehe response to state park dedication Editor’s Note: Please use this statement and photo issued by State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) in your coverage of the Prophetstown State Park ribbon cutting

Lehe congratulates local schools for top scores

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, June 9, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 9, 2016 Lehe congratulates local schools for top scores STATEHOUSE (June 9, 2016) — This week at the Statehouse, State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) honored Rossville, Twin Lakes, West Lafayette and William

Making a difference in the lives of children in need

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, May 25, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2016 WORD COUNT: 518 Making a difference in the lives of children in need Currently, there are more than 6,300 children living in non-relative foster homes in Indiana. Celebrating May as National Foster Care Month

Lehe: White County farms receive distinguished award

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, March 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2016 Lehe: White County farms receive distinguished award STATEHOUSE (March 28, 2016) — State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) congratulates the Coonrod and Cosgray farms from White County for their designation

Rep. Lehe welcomes student pages to the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, March 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2016 Rep. Lehe welcomes student pages to the Statehouse STATEHOUSE (March 16, 2016) – State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) recently welcomed the following student pages to the Statehouse: Konnar Haworth, from

Rep. Lehe: Local students gaining experience with the legislature

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, February 25, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 26, 2016 Rep. Lehe: Local students gaining experience with the legislature STATEHOUSE (Feb. 26, 2016) – Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) welcomes local residents, Abigail Wilson, Harry Dickson and Brian

Rep. Lehe honors FFA with resolution

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Tuesday, February 23, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 23, 2016 Rep. Lehe honors FFA with resolution STATEHOUSE (Feb. 23, 2016) –State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) recognized the Future Farmers of America (FFA) by sponsoring a Senate concurrent resolution

Legislature has marked session halftime

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, February 5, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 5, 2016 WORD COUNT: 500 Legislature has marked session halftime Last week marked the mid-point of the 2016 legislative session – and it was a busy one. Even though I’ve been serving in the House since 2002,

GUEST COLUMN: Supporting Hoosier veterans is priority

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, January 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 29, 2016 WORD COUNT: 394 Supporting Hoosier veterans is priority Veterans and those on

Lehe's beef, poultry bills pass House, committee

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, January 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 28, 2016 Lehe’s beef, poultry bills pass House, committee STATEHOUSE (Jan. 28, 2016) –

Lehe laces up sneakers to fight cancer

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Tuesday, January 19, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 19, 2016 Lehe laces up sneakers to fight cancer STATEHOUSE (Jan. 19, 2016) – State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) paired his sneakers with his suit today at the Statehouse to help raise cancer awareness. “During 2015, more than 13,000 Indiana residents were

Rep. Lehe: Benefits of industrial hemp

Posted by: Brandi Klingerman  | Thursday, October 8, 2015

Industrial hemp has increasingly become a topic of conversation due to the possible economic, agricultural and medical benefits it could have for Hoosiers. While industrial hemp comes from the same cannabis plant as marijuana, they are very different crops. Simply put, industrial hemp is not marijuana. In fact, industrial hemp is comprised of less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical in marijuana that causes psychotropic effects. I often use the analogy of a Great Dane and a Chihuahua: both animals are dogs, but have completely different purposes.

Rep. Lehe addresses nonbinding review concerns

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I recently read a column about nonbinding review that was very misleading. To provide some background, in 2008, we passed legislation that requires a county council to conduct a nonbinding review of the budgets and tax levies submitted by municipalities within the county. I voted for this legislation because I believe your property tax dollars are too important to allow spending to go unchecked without a system of accountability in place. 

Celebrating long-standing family farms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Being a farmer is not just an occupation; it’s a lifestyle. Regardless of our various day-to-day routines, each farmer dedicates an abundance of their time to working in the field, following weather patterns, caring for livestock and much more. Accordingly, the Indiana State Fair has decided to celebrate by making this year’s theme the, “Year of the Farmer.”

Improving education for students and teachers

Friday, June 5, 2015

A major focus of the 2015 legislative session was improving education. As a parent and former teacher, I have seen the positive impact a quality education can have on a student and recognize the importance of having adequate resources, particularly in our rural schools. As another legislative session began, it was my goal to further support our local students, teachers and parents by creating a more conducive atmosphere for learning. Through a historic investment in education and the removal of burdensome regulations on teachers and schools, I am confident that our education system will be better equipped to prepare students for their futures. 

Sharing the accomplishments of session

Friday, May 1, 2015

The end of the 2015 legislative session has finally arrived. The Indiana General Assembly has been hard at work these past four months crafting, debating and voting on legislation of all topics. This session was a long session, providing enough time to create and enact the state’s biennial budget. Within the budget we worked to fund education, create a grant program to reduce Indiana’s infant mortality rate (IMR) and combat public safety issues by providing criminal justice resources for local governments. I am pleased to share with you these accomplishments of this year’s session. 

Protecting Hoosier taxpayers

Friday, April 24, 2015

Throughout session, I have mentioned several bills that have been debated at the Statehouse. One bill that I have not had a chance to discuss is House Bill (HB) 1019, which repeals the Common Construction Wage (CCW). I supported this legislation, and by allowing the free market to work, Indiana taxpayers could stand to save between 10 and 20 percent on public works projects.

Working to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault

Friday, April 17, 2015

The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and I would like to discuss what the General Assembly is doing to combat domestic violence and sexual assault and different resources for those in need. For fifteen years, SAAM has been sponsored by The National Sexual Violence Resource Center, an organization that provides resources and support. 

Working for you until the clock runs out

Friday, April 10, 2015

With the end of session quickly approaching, I wanted to take time to share with you what the next few weeks will be like at the Statehouse. The last day we have to complete our work is April 29, also known as Sine Die. Until the clock runs out, the House will work diligently through the remaining Senate bills while the Senate does the same with House bills.

Sponsoring legislation from the Senate

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Indiana General Assembly is on the home stretch for the 2015 legislative session. While the first half of session is devoted to House bills, for me, the second half is dedicated to hearing bill from the Senate. I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the Senate bills I am sponsoring.

Rep. Lehe advocates for Indiana’s agriculture industry

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) sponsored legislation to make Indiana’s livestock industry more competitive. Senate Bill (SB) 249 would require the Purdue Extension and Purdue University College of Agriculture to study the impact that local land use ordinances have on structures used in the housing, feeding and breeding of livestock. The bill passed with an 89-2 vote out of the House.

Explaining education funding in the House budget

Friday, March 20, 2015

Over the past few weeks, I have received numerous questions about Indiana’s two year budget, particularly the aspect of education funding. I would like to take this opportunity discuss the budget we passed out of the House and how it works to improve Indiana’s education system for students, teachers and parents alike. 

Recognizing local family farms

Friday, March 13, 2015

As an Indiana farmer, I know the sacrifices that are made each day by members of our agricultural community. They work tirelessly and dedicate so much to support Indiana agriculture, which is essential to the Hoosier economy. Farming has always been a large contributing factor to economic growth in our state, and as a state leader, I am proud to continue my work this session to strengthen Hoosier agribusiness as well as recognize some of our local farmers that have made significant contributions to this industry. 

Communities celebrate Indiana Disability Awareness Month

Friday, March 6, 2015

The month of March is dedicated to bringing awareness and promoting independence, inclusion and integration of people who have disabilities in Indiana, known as Disability Awareness Month. The theme this year is “Love Where You Live.” For the past 25 years, Hoosier communities have hosted events to help raise awareness and understanding of disability issues. Over the next few weeks there are several ways to get involved, and I encourage you to take an active role to support and embrace those with disabilities this year.

Meeting deadlines and achieving goals

Monday, March 2, 2015

The legislative session is flying by, and it is hard to believe that we are already at the halfway point. This past week was the Third Reading deadline which is the final day my colleagues and I were able to discuss, debate and pass bills out of the House. At this point, we have thoroughly vetted and passed close to 200 bills that will now go to the Senate for further discussion.  

Protecting Hoosier families

Friday, February 20, 2015

One of the most rewarding parts of being a state representative is knowing that I can help people and make a difference in our community. I can accomplish this by authoring legislation, speaking in support of bills and working to protect all Hoosiers by serving on committees, like Public Health. This committee allows me to focus on improving the well-being of Hoosiers and protecting Indiana’s most vulnerable. Working toward this goal, I am pleased to share with you some of the legislation making its way through the legislative process that protects and values life.

Working to strengthen Indiana agriculture

Monday, February 16, 2015

Indiana is a leader in many areas, especially agriculture. As a state representative, I am always looking for ways to improve our community and continue moving this industry forward, which was my goal by authoring House Bill (HB) 1181. 

Rep. Lehe’s bill raises cap on indemnity fund

Monday, February 9, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Don Lehe (R-Bookston) has authored a bill to benefit Hoosier farmers and agribusinesses. House Bill (HB) 1549 would raise the cap on the Grain Indemnity Fund allowing farmers’ crops to have additional coverage. The bill passed unanimously out of the House. 

Recognizing a Hoosier hero

Friday, February 6, 2015

Most of my time at the Statehouse is dedicated to reviewing, debating and discussing legislation. However, during session, the opportunity also exists for legislators to author a resolution as a way of recognizing the accomplishments of an individual or group that has made a significant impact in Indiana. This is done at the start of session and is a great way for members to showcase the accomplishments of those around the state.

Highlighting Indiana’s achievements

Friday, January 16, 2015

While listening to the governor give his State of the State Address, it was clear that his vision for Indiana aligns with the priorities of the House Republicans. The governor hit on many of the major issues that we plan to tackle during this legislative session including passing an honestly balanced budget, strengthening education and working to protect our most vulnerable Hoosiers from infant mortality. Additionally, we are striving to increase government transparency and safeguard the public trust along with focusing additional resources on victims of domestic violence. 

How to get involved this legislative session

Friday, January 9, 2015

With a new legislative session officially underway, many issues will be addressed, legislation considered, that impact Hoosier communities.

[r25] COLUMN: Rewarding hard-working Hoosier teachers

Monday, December 22, 2014

Rewarding hard-working Hoosier teachers As a farmer and member of the agro-business community, I have been a long-time supporter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) association. I appreciate the mission behind this organization which is to teach our young Hoosiers about the importance and need for agriculture. Several schools in Indiana have an FFA

[r25] NEWS: Organization Day charity drive collects goods for ICADV (11/18/2014)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Start Date: 11/18/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/18/2014Organization Day charity drive collects goods for ICADV STATEHOUSE – State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) was joined by fellow legislators, staff and other state office holders in donating household items to support Indiana’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) today

[r25] COLUMN: Working towards a safer Indiana (10/31/2014)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Start Date: 10/31/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/31/2014Working towards a safer Indiana As lawmakers, it’s our responsibility to make decisions and pass legislation which will always ensure Indiana is the best place to live, work and raise a family. A few weeks ago, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced the 2015 Republican Legislative Agenda,

[r25] COLUMN: Internship opportunities at the Statehouse (9/26/2014)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Start Date: 9/26/2014 Start Time: 9:30 AMEnd Date: 9/26/2014 End Time: 9:30 AMInternship opportunities at the Statehouse The fall season has arrived, and our community has begun filling up with Purdue University students. I am grateful to have such great educational institution nearby. All of the new and returning students are now in the full swing of their

[r25] COLUMN: Remembering Indiana's rural heritage (8/29/2014)

Friday, August 29, 2014

So far this year, farmers have been having a great growing season. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) crop production reports estimate increased crop production for the entire country. The recent data estimates corn production to hit 1.05 billion bushels and a corn yield of 179 bushels per acre, which would be the highest yield in history. 

[r25] NEWS: Rep. Lehe congratulates local families on long-standing farms (8/6/2014)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Start Date: 8/6/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 8/6/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMRep. Lehe congratulates local families on long-standing farms STATEHOUSE- State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) congratulates five local families for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. Rep. Lehe joined Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann who presented the awards during a ceremony

[r25] COLUMN: The work of interim study committees (7/25/2014)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Start Date: 7/25/2014 Start Time: 8:30 AMEnd Date: 7/25/2014 End Time: 8:30 AMThe work of interim study committees During session I serve as a member of three standing House committees: Environmental Affairs, Public Health and Agriculture and Rural Development. I, along with other members of the General Assembly, serve on these committees as part of our

[r25] COLUMN: Celebrate Independence Day at community events (6/27/2014)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Start Date: 6/27/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 6/27/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMCelebrate Independence Day at community events Independence Day is a time to be with friends and family, while being thankful for our country’s freedom. As Americans we must never forget the service of our men and women in uniform and their work to secure our liberties. It

[r25] NEWS: Rep. Lehe appointed to two interim committees (6/27/2014)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Start Date: 6/27/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 6/27/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMRep. Lehe appointed to two interim committees EDITOR’S NOTE: Please include the following statement from State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) in response to the 2014 Interim Committee Assignment announcement. STATEHOUSE – “I am honored to be appointed as

[r25] Finding answers to your gun law questions (5/30/2014)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Start Date: 5/30/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 5/30/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMFinding answers to your gun law questions Since session ended, I have received a variety of questions from constituents about various gun statutes. Many questions referenced permits, licensing or hunting, and I realize that finding this information can seem overwhelming. There are

[r25] Bill to control stray cat population signed into law (5/28/2014)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Start Date: 5/28/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 5/28/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMBill to control stray cat population signed into law STATEHOUSE - House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1199, authored by State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston), has been ceremoniously signed into law by Governor Mike Pence. HEA 1199 supports the work of spay and neuter programs by

[r25] State policies benefitting Hoosiers at the local level (4/25/2014)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Start Date: 4/25/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 4/25/2014 End Time: 8:00 AMState policies benefitting Hoosiers at the local level As you have hopefully read or heard in the news, new jobs are coming to our area. Indiana Packers Corporation just announced plans to create almost 100 jobs in Frankfort by 2016 while GE Aviation announced plans in March to

The end of a good thing (3/17/2014)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Start Date: 3/17/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 3/17/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM It’s hard to believe it, but it’s true: the 2014 legislative session officially came to a close. Over the course of the last three months, the General Assembly worked diligently to complete our legislative agenda – cutting taxes, supporting

Coming together in conference committees (3/7/2014)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Start Date: 3/7/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 3/7/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM The end of the 2014 legislative session is in sight, which means our bills are nearing their final stages before potentially becoming law. The House has passed our third reading deadline and sent all Senate bills back to their chamber. We now have all our bills back

A new opportunity for Indiana agriculture (2/28/2014)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Start Date: 2/28/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 2/28/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM This week in the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, we heard from several people who gave varied perspectives supporting a bill that would allow the growth of Industrial Hemp in Indiana. The premise of Senate Bill (SB) 357 is fairly unique within the U.S.,

Rep. Lehe clarifies dairy product guidelines (2/26/2014)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Start Date: 2/26/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 2/26/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM STATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1300 authored by State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) passed out of the Senate and will now come back to the House for concurrence. HB 1300 addresses a variety of dairy product guidelines in the Indiana Code including

Supporting education outside of the classroom (2/21/2014)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Start Date: 2/21/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 2/21/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM This week, I was honored to offer House Concurrent Resolution 18 along with several other representatives recognizing the Indiana FFA Association for their hard work and commitment to the continued growth and development of our agriculture industry. The resolution

Rep. Lehe Honors FFA (2/18/2014)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Start Date: 2/18/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 2/18/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM STATEHOUSE – State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and more than 55 other representatives offered House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 18 Monday recognizing the Indiana FFA Association for their important work in furthering the development of the agriculture

Bringing bills back to you (2/14/2014)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Start Date: 2/14/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 2/14/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM We are now more than halfway through the 2014 legislative session. Senate bills are making their way over to the House for consideration, and many of them are already being heard in committee. This week, I’d like to focus on a few bills that were heard in that

Classifying scooters for driver safety (2/8/2014)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Start Date: 2/8/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 2/8/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM This past Monday was the House’s third reading deadline, meaning that all House bills had to be voted on and passed in order to be further discussed in the Senate. My colleagues and I spent the majority of the day in the House chamber discussing and debating the

Bills of all sorts (1/31/2014)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Start Date: 1/31/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 1/31/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM This week flew by in a flurry of debates, second-reading amendments and third reading votes. Topics from health care to environmental issues to data security and everything in between have been brought before the House, leading to some great discussions and many

Following the process (1/24/2014)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Start Date: 1/24/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 1/24/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM The legislative process is an intricate, complex system where bills start as an idea about how to make life better for Hoosiers and eventually end up in our state code. Whether these bills are being read in committee, amended by the House on second reading or voted on

Bills that hit close to home (1/17/2014)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Start Date: 1/17/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 1/17/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM The 2014 legislative session of the Indiana General Assembly is in full swing. As your state representative, I do my best to accurately portray the views of all of my constituents during session at the Statehouse and I look forward to doing whatever I can to continue

[r25] Delphi Community Schools to receive almost $600,000 from lawsuit settlement (12/3/2013)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Start Date: 12/3/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 12/3/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM STATEHOUSE – State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) is pleased to announce that Delphi Community Schools will receive $590,303.35 from the finalized settlement of a federal securities fraud lawsuit for $14 million with the Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) and

[r25] Organization Day charity drive focuses on giving back (11/19/2013)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Start Date: 11/19/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 11/19/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM STATEHOUSE – State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) joined House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and other legislators, staff and other state office holders in donating sporting equipment and other items to Special Olympics of Indiana Tuesday at the Statehouse.

[r25] Drawing to a Close (11/1/2013)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Start Date: 11/1/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 11/1/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM In Indiana, we have a part-time legislature. That means that elected state representatives and senators are only at the Statehouse during session, either from January through March or January through April on alternating years. Our work does not end when we leave the Statehouse

[r25] How Soybeans Grow (9/27/2013)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Start Date: 9/27/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/27/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM Sometimes, the best way to learn about something is through our five senses. Sight, smell, touch, taste and sound – those experiences are the ones that stick with you to ensure that you absorb and retain the information presented. Watching a seed sprout into a corn

[r25] A Summer to Remember (8/29/2013)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Start Date: 8/29/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 8/29/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM The beginning of September is here, school has started and the activities just keep coming. Harvest season will be here before we know it, followed shortly by the 2014 legislative session. Before we look too far into the future though, I’d like to take a moment to reflect

[r25] Rep. Lehe congratulates local families on longstanding farms (8/8/2013)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Start Date: 8/8/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 8/8/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) congratulates the Rice family from Monon and the Scott family from Delphi for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana State

[r25] Hoosier Heritage (7/25/2013)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Start Date: 7/25/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 7/25/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM This summer has been one of the best growing seasons we’ve seen in quite a while. Last summer’s drought really took a toll on the land, yielding the worst crop production in 25 years. The mixture of rain, sunshine and a little TLC has done wonders for crops this

[r25] Life after service (7/3/2013)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Start Date: 7/3/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 7/3/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Being so close to Independence Day, I've been thinking a lot lately about service men and women and how much their sacrifices and bravery means to the people of the United States. Without them, who knows what kind of regime we would be under today. The outcomes of any of the great

[r25] New laws strengthen our communities (6/21/2013)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Start Date: 6/21/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 6/21/2013 End Time: 8:00 AMJuly is right around the corner, leading most people to anticipate the celebration of Independence Day. However, July 1st is significant too with many new laws going into effect, and I wanted to inform of some of the changes. Below I have highlighted a few new laws that will

[r25] Indiana on Top (6/6/2013)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Start Date: 6/6/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 6/6/2013 End Time: 8:00 AMFollowing session each year, the Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA) publishes a “voting scorecard” as a record of how each legislator voted on bills important to the organization and Indiana’s manufacturing industry. I was glad to see that the IMA gave me a

[r25] A Weekend to Celebrate (5/24/2013)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Start Date: 5/24/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 5/24/2013 End Time: 8:00 AMFew events draw the nation’s focus to Indiana as intently as the Indianapolis 500. This Sunday, somewhere between 300,000 and 400,000 people will gather at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) to watch the 97th running of the Indy 500, considered the greatest spectacle in

[r25] Budget becomes law, Hoosiers get largest tax cut in state history (5/10/2013)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Start Date: 5/10/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 5/10/2013 End Time: 8:00 AMThe only bill the General Assembly was required by law to pass during the 2013 session was HEA 1001, Indiana’s next biennial budget. The House, Senate and governor’s office all worked together to create a fiscally conservative, balanced $30 billion plan for the next

[r25] Seeds, Laws and the Weather (5/3/2013)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Start Date: 5/3/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/3/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMFor a farmer, spring and fall are the most important times of the year. Crops are planted in the spring, and the fall brings a bountiful harvest. We’re slightly behind schedule this spring due to the heavy rain over the past few weeks, but I would much rather be a little

[r25]2013 session is wrapping up (4/25/2013)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Start Date: 4/25/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 4/25/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM 2013 session is wrapping up Well, here we go - the final stretch. We can see the light at the end of the law-making tunnel as we finish this year’s session in Indianapolis, hopefully ahead of our statutory deadline of April 29. The Legislature is part-time, but sometimes

[r25] Improving work zone safety in Indiana (4/17/2013)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Start Date: 4/17/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 4/17/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Improving work zone safety in Indiana As you know, Indiana has a part-time Legislature – meaning that when we are in session from January to April, we have to commute quite a distance between our homes and the Statehouse in Indianapolis. We have other jobs that demand our

[r25] Monon resident receives high-status WorkOne Achievement Award (4/16/2013)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Start Date: 4/16/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 4/16/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Monon resident receives high-status WorkOne Achievement Award STATEHOUSE – State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) congratulates Jonathan Redmon from Monon for receiving a WorkOne Achievement Award. In a ceremony today, 12 Hoosier companies and 12 individuals were

[r25] Students receive prestigious award at the Statehouse (4/15/2013)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Start Date: 4/15/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 4/15/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Students receive prestigious award at the Statehouse STATEHOUSE – State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) congratulates Mason Fisher, Lacey Hendress and Kaitlin Willbanks for receiving the 2013 Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship today. The award recognizes

[r25] Focusing through the final weeks (4/10/2013 - 4/11/2013)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Start Date: 4/10/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 4/11/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Focusing through the final weeks April brings about many notable events: April Fools’ Day (a personal favorite), Tax Day, Earth Day and the end of the 2013 legislative session. All of these days and celebrations affect Hoosiers in some way, shape or form, but here at the

[r25] A changing economic climate; Indiana's growing private sector (4/4/2013)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Start Date: 4/4/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 4/4/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM A changing economic climate; Indiana’s growing private sector The Hoosier economic climate continues to stand out as its private sector grows faster than the national average. Indiana has emerged from the recession in much better shape than most other states as we see vast

[r25] Four years to obtain a college degree? (3/28/2013)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Start Date: 3/28/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 3/28/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Four years to obtain a college degree? It wasn’t long ago that it only took four years to obtain a college degree. Back when I was working on my degree at Purdue University, it was understood that you would be done in four years regardless of extracurricular activities,

[r25] Staying current in these technological times (3/21/2013)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Start Date: 3/21/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 3/21/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Staying current in these technological times Through tweets, texts and new technology, the House Republicans are keeping our constituents informed through the most current forms of communication. It seems as if almost everyone has constant connection to the world in the palm of

[r25] Rep. Lehe Honors Ag Essay Winner (3/6/2013)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Start Date: 3/6/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 3/6/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Rep. Lehe Honors Ag Essay Winner STATEHOUSE –Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann honored six Ag Essay contest winners Tuesday at the Statehouse as part of the kick-off celebration of Agriculture Month in Indiana. State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) joined in the celebration by

[r25] Agriculture Appreciation Month (3/5/2013)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Start Date: 3/5/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 3/5/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM Agriculture Appreciation Month The month of March brings with it a few notable celebrations. Saint Patrick’s Day, March Madness and American Red Cross Month are a few that come to mind. What you might not know is that this month is also Agriculture Appreciation Month

[r25] Shifting Gears at the Statehouse (2/27/2013)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Start Date: 2/27/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 2/27/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Shifting Gears at the Statehouse The first half of the 2013 session has gone by at what seems to be warp-speed. The Indiana House of Representatives sent 175 bills to the Senate for review and we have received more than 216 bills from the Senate to assign to committees and start

[r25] Tax relief for farmers signed into law (2/27/2013)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Start Date: 2/27/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 2/27/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Tax relief for farmers signed into law STATEHOUSE — Legislation sponsored by State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) assisting Hoosier farmers was signed into law today by Gov. Pence. This is the first piece of legislation to be signed in the 2013 legislative session.

[r25] Rep. Lehe: Establishing the Midwifery Board (2/26/2013)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Start Date: 2/26/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 2/26/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Rep. Lehe: Establishing the midwifery board STATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1135 authored by State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and co-authored by Rep. David Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) passed through the House Monday with a 63 to 32 vote. HB 1135 establishes a

[r25] Rep. Lehe honors National FFA Organization (2/19/2013)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Start Date: 2/19/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 2/19/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Rep. Lehe honors National FFA Organization STATEHOUSE - State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) along with Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) recognized the National FFA Organization Monday during session to kick off National FFA week. The General Assembly hosted more than 100

[r25] Tax relief for farmers passes both houses (2/19/2013)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Start Date: 2/19/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 2/19/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Tax relief for farmers passes both houses STATEHOUSE — Senate Bill (SB) 319, sponsored by State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and cosponsored by more than 60 members of the House passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Monday with a unanimous vote. SB 319 is

[r25] The Budget (2/19/2013)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Start Date: 2/19/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 2/19/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM The Budget Every two years, the House Ways and Means Committee is tasked with the creation of the Indiana budget. It is one of the most significant pieces of legislation to come out of the General Assembly biennially because it essentially paves the way for Indiana’s next

[r25] SB 319: Helping reduce tax rates for farming Hoosiers (2/13/2013)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Start Date: 2/13/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/13/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM SB 319: Helping reduce tax rates for farming Hoosiers Tax rates are always subject to change depending on economic and political climates. Because of Hoosier values and good common sense, it is no surprise that Indiana has one of the most taxpayer-friendly and pro-business

[r25] Cow-tipping, the bigger picture (2/6/2013)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Start Date: 2/6/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 2/6/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Cow-tipping, the bigger picture Cow-tipping, driving through a crop field and stealing farm equipment are just some of the crimes we associate with agriculture. Even though cow tipping is considered to be an urban legend, many of the crimes House Bill (HB) 1562 addresses are real

[r25] Aspiring to serve our prospering community (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 Aspiring to serve our prospering community Progress at the Statehouse continues to move at a rapid pace following Governor Pence’s State of the State address last week. As legislators, we are tasked with providing the guidelines to improving our state and well-being, and

[r25] Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse (1/29/2013)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Start Date: 1/29/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 1/29/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse STATEHOUSE – State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and other House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse today in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to promote awareness of the fight against

[r25] Pushing Through the 2013 Legislative Session (1/23/2013)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Start Date: 1/23/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 1/23/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Pushing Through the 2013 Legislative Session Researching and proposing new bills, working with the new governor’s administration and addressing the issues that matter most to Hoosiers are just a few things I am currently working on and will continue to work on throughout

[r25] Inspiring Beginnings for the 2013 Legislative Session (1/11/2013)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Start Date: 1/11/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 1/11/2013 End Time: 8:00 AM Inspiring Beginnings for the 2013 Legislative Session Transitioning to new districts, inaugurating a new governor, organizing committees with new chairmen—changes at the Indiana Statehouse are happening quickly. Now that the 2013 Indiana legislative session is underway, I

r[25] House Page Program now accepting pages for 2013 session (1/3/2013)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Start Date: 1/3/2013 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 1/3/2013 End Time: 8:00 AMSTATEHOUSE — State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) is encouraging local students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. The program offers students 13 to 18 years old the chance to visit the Statehouse and see a full day of legislative activity. “I hope to see many

[r15] Rep. Lehe: strengthening the economy is job number 1 (11/23/2012)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Start Date: 11/23/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 11/23/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Rep. Lehe: “Strengthening the economy is job number 1” STATEHOUSE- The annual Legislative Vote Analysis completed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce ranked Rep. Lehe as having a 97 percent when it comes to legislation creating jobs in Indiana.

[r15] House Republicans focus on jobs and education (11/20/2012)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Start Date: 11/20/2012 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 11/20/2012 End Time: 8:00 AM STATEHOUSE – Indiana Legislators were sworn in today, Organization Day, marking the first meeting of the 118th General Assembly. All 100 members of the House, including 19 new Republicans, were sworn in by Chief Justice Brent Dickson. “Just like a

[r15] Indiana: The heart of agriculture (10/12/2012)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Start Date: 10/12/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 10/12/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Indiana: The heart of agriculture What industry in Indiana employs close to 18 percent of all Hoosiers and generates $26 billion to the economy? Answer: the agriculture and farming industry. Indiana has more than 15 million acres of farmland and is one of the

[r15] Own Your American Dream (10/4/2012)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Start Date: 10/4/2012 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 10/4/2012 End Time: 8:01 AM STATEHOUSE- Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), joined by a dozen of his House Republican colleagues, announced the House Republican Agenda today which focuses on making Indiana a stronger state for future generations.

[r15] Town of Goodland awarded $230,000 grant (9/25/2012)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Start Date: 9/25/2012 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 9/25/2012 End Time: 8:01 AM STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) is pleased to announce that the Town of Goodland received a$230,000 Community Focus Fund Grant with Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman presenting the grant in a ceremony last week. “This grant will be a great boost

[r15] Fiscal Responsibility (9/14/2012)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Start Date: 9/14/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 9/14/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY In an era of big government programs, out of control spending and massive debts at the national level, the latest news from the state was a welcomed breath of fresh air. The state recently reported that Indiana will end the 2012 fiscal

[r15] Rep. Lehe encourages community to conserve water (9/14/2012)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Start Date: 9/14/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 9/14/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Rep. Lehe encourages community to conserve water STATEHOUSE- State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) urges citizens to conserve and monitor their water usage. Recently, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Homeland Security issued a

[r15] White County designated a drought disaster area (9/14/2012)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Start Date: 9/14/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 9/14/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM White County designated a drought disaster area STATEHOUSE – White County, represented by State Reps. Don Lehe (R-Brookston), Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) and Rich McClain (R-Logansport), has been designated a primary disaster area by the U.S. Department of

[r15] 2013 House Republican Internship (8/17/2012)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Start Date: 8/17/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 8/17/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM 2013 House Republican Internship STATEHOUSE- State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) is pleased to announce that the 2013 House Republican Internship Program is now accepting applications. The program is open to college students and graduates and is recommended to those

[r15] USDA statement (8/16/2012)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Start Date: 8/16/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 8/16/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Statement from Rep. Lehe regarding USDA Release STATEHOUSE – “I am saddened to hear that White County has been designated a natural disaster area yesterday, there is no doubt that this is a serious situation for many of our area farmers. That news was

[r15] Tragedy brings change (8/10/2012)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Start Date: 8/10/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 8/10/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Tragedy brings change The tragic events surrounding the 2011 Indiana State Fair collapse will never be forgotten. Following this awful tragedy, the safety policies and procedures were examined thoroughly to see if any changes were necessary to prevent another

[r15] Study committee on agriculture set to discuss future legislation (7/8/2012)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Start Date: 7/08/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 7/08/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Study committee on agriculture set to discuss future legislation STATEHOUSE- State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston), Vice-Chair of the Interim Study Committee on Agriculture, would like to announce the committee’s next meeting. The committee will be discussing

[r15] A hot 4th of July (7/4/2012)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Start Date: 7/4/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 7/4/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM A Hot 4th of July Our nation’s birthday is quickly approaching, and the heat index seems to be quickly rising. July 4th is generally a time when families and friends spend time together celebrating our nation’s independence in a variety of ways. Whether

[r15] Take time to show teacher appreciation (5/3/2012)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Start Date: 5/3/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 5/3/2012 End Time: 12:00 AM Having spent many years with the Frontier School Corporation, both as a teacher and school board member, I have seen first-hand the tremendous sacrifices and hard work teachers put forth to educate our students. It must be one of the toughest jobs around; everyone

[r15] Guest Column: Eliminating our State's Inheritance Tax (4/19/2012)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Start Date: 4/19/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 4/19/2012 End Time: 12:00 AM This year we were able to address our state’s frustrating inheritance tax. This is an objective we have been working toward for many years. As both a legislator and the owner of a family farm in White County, I knew that getting this legislation passed was

[r15] Supporting our Troops from the Statehouse (4/5/2012)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Start Date: 4/5/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 4/5/2012 End Time: 12:00 AM Finding ways to support our past and present troops was a major topic this year at the Statehouse. Hopefully these advancements will make a difference in the lives of our military men and women. There have been several bills signed into law by Governor Daniels that

[r15] Rep. Lehe: Educational options for your future (3/22/2012)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Start Date: 3/22/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 3/22/2012 End Time: 12:00 AM Beginning a new chapter in your life can be overwhelming; there are so many options available when it comes to your career path, some which many people may not know about. I want to take the time to explore some of these post-secondary educational options with you

Rep. Lehe Speaks on Completion of 2012 Legislative Session (3/9/2012)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Start Date: 3/9/2012 All Day End Date: 3/9/2012 STATEHOUSE— “We just completed a productive legislative session. I am proud of all the work we accomplished and I am looking forward to seeing the improvements we made make an impact in the lives of Hoosiers across the state. “The 2012 Legislative Session as a whole has been

[r15] Rep. Lehe: 2012 Legislative Session Wrap Up (3/8/2012)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Start Date: 3/8/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 3/8/2012 End Time: 12:00 AM While the timeframe for the legislative short session is only two and a half months, I believe that the bills passed will produce a positive environment for Hoosiers looking for work. The 117th General Assembly as a whole, which includes the 2011 and 2012 sessions,

Rep. Lehe commends academic success at local school (3/2/2012)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Start Date: 3/2/2012 All Day End Date: 3/2/2012 Rep. Lehe commends academic success at local school STATEHOUSE— State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) commended the students of Lincoln Elementary School for their academic achievements in Language Arts. Lincoln Elementary was recently honored at the Statehouse for having one of the

Rep. Lehe: Moving Past the Thin Mint Debacle (2/23/2012)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Start Date: 2/23/2012 All Day End Date: 2/23/2012 Moving Past the Thin Mint Debacle I am sure many of you have heard the recent remarks that were made by one of my fellow colleagues regarding Girl Scouts. His opinion of the group and what they represent has created an unparalleled amount of attention. Situations like this can be unfortunate

[r15] Rep. Lehe honors Super Bowl Host Committee (2/14/2012)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Start Date: 2/14/2012 All Day End Date: 2/14/2012 Rep. Lehe honors Super Bowl Host Committee STATEHOUSE—Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) along with his colleagues in the Indiana House of Representatives 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

Rep. Lehe: Bringing Rural Issues to the Statehouse (2/9/2012)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Start Date: 2/9/2012 All Day End Date: 2/9/2012 Bringing Rural Issues to the Statehouse Some people think that the bills being debated at the Statehouse do not directly impact their lives. Many of the issues you are hearing about on the news are the bigger state-wide issues. These can sometimes be controversial and are what attract the most

[r15] Being Your Voice at the Statehouse (1/26/2012)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Start Date: 1/26/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 1/26/2012 End Time: 12:00 AM As your state representative it is important that I reflect our district’s voice at the Statehouse. Many of you may have received my 2012 Legislative Survey in the mail. Your feedback is an essential resource to me and truly helps me better represent District

[r15] Rep. Lehe reacts to State of the State Address (1/10/2012)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Start Date: 1/10/2012 All Day End Date: 1/10/2012 STATEHOUSE— “Governor Daniels’ State of the State was encouraging and I was glad to be in attendance. The message he delivered should give Hoosiers everywhere confidence in our state’s future. He is committed to job development, maintaining our exceptional credit rating

[r15] House Democrats silence Hoosier voices (1/4/2012)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Start Date: 1/4/2012 All Day End Date: 1/4/2012 STATEHOUSE – State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and his House Republican colleagues came ready to get back to work today, however the majority of the House Democrats did not show up to do the work of the people. The majority of Democrats failed to attend the start of the 2012

[r15] Rep. Lehe: 2012 Legislative Session Preview (12/22/2011)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Start Date: 12/22/2011 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 12/22/2011 End Time: 12:00 AM As state representative for District 15, I have started receiving several questions about what issues will be brought before the Indiana General Assembly in the upcoming 2012 legislative session. I wanted to take this time to give you an insight as to what you

[r15] Rep. Lehe: Focusing on jobs for Hoosiers (11/22/2011)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Start Date: 11/22/2011 All Day End Date: 11/22/2011 STATEHOUSE —Members of the Indiana General Assembly, including State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston), returned to the Statehouse for Organization Day to hear the House Speaker deliver a speech setting the tone for the upcoming legislative session. This year, Speaker Brian C.

[r15] Rep. Lehe: House accepting intern applications for the 2012 legislative session (9/1/2011)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Start Date: 9/1/2011 All Day End Date: 9/1/2011 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE-College students and graduates interested in gaining professional experience and learning more about the legislative process are strongly encouraged to apply for this year's internship program with the Indiana House Republicans. "This is an unparalleled internship

[r15] Rep. Lehe takes a closer look at Medicaid issues (8/24/2011)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Start Date: 8/24/2011 All Day End Date: 8/24/2011 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE- State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) examined various Medicaid issues as an acting member of the Select Joint Commission on Medicaid Oversight. "There are several issues of concern being discussed in this committee that affect many people throughout our state

[r15] Rep. Lehe studies health finance issues at first committee meeting (7/13/2011)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Start Date: 7/13/2011 All Day End Date: 7/13/2011 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE- State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) will be studying various health finance issues as an acting member of the Health Finance Commission. "This is a topic that needs serious consideration throughout the interim," said Rep. Lehe. "It is important that we examine

[r15] A school reform victory for all children (4/20/2011)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Start Date: 4/20/2011 All Day End Date: 4/20/2011 <![CDATA[ My friend and past colleague Joe Micon recently presented a somewhat one sided view of some legislation in the state general assembly. I realize there are various opinions, both favorable and un-favorable regarding the education reforms being considered in this session. I want to

[r15] Statehouse update from Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) (4/15/2011)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Start Date: 4/15/2011 All Day End Date: 4/15/2011 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE - In an effort to keep citizens informed of activity in the Indiana House of Representatives, I want to report some of the issues discussed this week. Friday morning Governor Daniels, Speaker Bosma, and Senate President Long announced an increase of $150 million in

[r15] Indiana House Passes Bill Clarifying Wind Power Tax Deductions (4/8/2011)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Start Date: 4/8/2011 All Day End Date: 4/8/2011 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE - A bill sponsored by Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) clarifying property tax deductions for wind power devices has passed the Indiana House of Representatives. The Indiana House voted 88-0 Friday in favor of Senate Bill 481 which would not allow public utilities to receive

[r15] Governor Signs Bill to make Indiana Commercial Feeds More Competitive (4/7/2011)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Start Date: 4/7/2011 All Day End Date: 4/7/2011 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE - Governor Daniels has signed House Bill 1386 into law. The new law will allow the state chemist to adopt rules concerning the inspection, auditing, and certification of commercial feed manufacturers and distributors that export commercial feed. "Some international

[r15] Rep. Lehe statement on House Democrats return (3/28/2011)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Start Date: 3/28/2011 All Day End Date: 3/28/2011 <![CDATA[ "I have been focused since the session began on passing legislation that would benefit all Hoosiers. I, along with my Republican colleagues in the Indiana House, have shown up to work every day to work on an agenda that Hoosiers throughout the state approved in November. This

[r15] Statehouse Update: March 24 (3/24/2011)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Start Date: 3/24/2011 All Day End Date: 3/24/2011 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE - In an effort to keep citizens informed of activity in the Indiana House of Representatives, I want to report some of the issues discussed this week. As I consider my position on legislation I always appreciate hearing from the constituents of District 15. The House

[r15] House Democrats Oppose Hoosiers' Agenda (3/8/2011)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Start Date: 3/8/2011 All Day End Date: 3/8/2011 <![CDATA[ Nearly three weeks ago House Democrats walked out of the Statehouse to protest a right to work bill that had been passed out of the House Labor committee. The walkout stopped the legislative process on the bill, and 22 others, ending the possibility of their passage this session.

[r15] Weekly Statehouse update from Representative Don Lehe (3/4/2011)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Start Date: 3/4/2011 All Day End Date: 3/4/2011 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE - In an effort to keep citizens informed of activity in the Indiana House of Representatives, I want to report some of the issues discussed this week. As I consider my position on legislation I always appreciate hearing from the constituents of District 15. House

[r15] Weekly Statehouse update from Representative Don Lehe (2/25/2011)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Start Date: 2/25/2011 All Day End Date: 2/25/2011 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE - "In an effort to keep citizens informed of activity in the Indiana House of Representatives, I want to report some of the issues discussed this week," Said Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston). "As I consider my position on legislation I always appreciate hearing from the

[r15] Senate GOP: We're ready to balance the budget, consider Daniels' reforms (1/11/2011)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Start Date: 1/11/2011 All Day End Date: 1/11/2011 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE (Jan. 11, 2011) - Indiana Senate Republicans said their caucus stands ready to work with Gov. Mitch Daniels and other lawmakers to balance the state's two-year state budget and to consider reforms outlined in Tuesday's State of the State Address. "Gov. Daniels is

[r15] Rep. Lehe to Study Medicaid Oversight (8/10/2010)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Start Date: 8/10/2010 All Day End Date: 8/10/2010 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE -- Rep. Don Lehe ( R-Brookston) was appointed to serve on the Select Joint Commission on Medicaid Oversight summer study committee. He, along with eleven other legislators will be discussing: . Federal health care impacts on Indiana Medicaid . Healthy Indiana Plan

[r15] Rep. Lehe: Take Note, DC (7/16/2010)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Start Date: 7/16/2010 All Day End Date: 7/16/2010 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE - Over the past several years the State of Indiana successfully executed fiscal responsibility with taxpayers' hard earned dollars. Today the announcement was made that Indiana has $830 million in their savings account. This reserve money was able to be saved by

[r15] Rep. Lehe: A Win for Gun Owners' Rights (6/28/2010)

Monday, June 28, 2010

Start Date: 6/28/2010 All Day End Date: 6/28/2010 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE- State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) supports the United States Supreme Court's decision today restraining the government's ability to significantly limit "the right to keep and bear arms." Last year, Rep. Lehe signed onto the National Rifle Association's (NRA) amicus

[r15] Rep. Lehe: Dyer to receive funds for energy efficient project (6/25/2010)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Start Date: 6/25/2010 All Day End Date: 6/25/2010 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE- State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) today congratulated the Town of Dyer in qualifying for a $67,290 grant to fund energy efficient projects involving the town traffic signals and exit signs. These energy efficiency grant dollars will allow Dyer to upgrade to

[r15] Rep. Lehe Appointed to Interim Study Committees (6/7/2010)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Start Date: 6/7/2010 All Day End Date: 6/7/2010 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE-Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) has been named to two interim study committees that will make policy recommendations to the Indiana General Assembly when it reconvenes in January. Rep. Lehe has been assigned to the Select Joint Commission on Medicaid Oversight and the Health

[r15] Representative Lehe to Host Town Hall Meetings (4/1/2010)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Start Date: 4/1/2010 All Day End Date: 4/1/2010 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE-State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) will host three town hall meetings with State Sen. Sue Landske on April 17. Residents will be able to discuss issues and ask questions about Indiana's 2010 legislative session. FOWLER MEETING April 17, 2010 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight

[r15] Lehe Votes to Delay Huge Business Tax Increase (3/12/2010)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Start Date: 3/12/2010 All Day End Date: 3/12/2010 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE-State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) today voted in support of Senate Bill 23, the measure that would delay the largest tax increase on employers in the state's history. SB 23 seeks to delay House Bill 1379 (from 2009), which passed the House last year without Rep. Lehe's

[r15] Lehe Votes to Give Schools Much-Needed Flexibility (3/12/2010)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Start Date: 3/12/2010 All Day End Date: 3/12/2010 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE-Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) today voted in support of two measures that will deliver much needed flexibility to school corporations. This session, lawmakers sought to reach agreement on how to alleviate the affects of the much-publicized budget cuts required by the

The Lehe Report: Saving Students' Summers (2/10/2010)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Start Date: 2/24/2010 All Day End Date: 2/24/2010 <![CDATA[ The Lehe Report STATEHOUSE- As we enter into the final days of session at the Indiana General Assembly, my colleagues and I continue to hear and debate Senate bills that have been sent to the House. We have heard a number of bills that would save taxpayers hard-earned

[r15] The Lehe Report: Session Moving Quickly (1/22/2010)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Start Date: 1/22/2010 All Day End Date: 1/22/2010 <![CDATA[ The Lehe Report: Session Moving Quickly STATEHOUSE-After only 4 weeks, the General Assembly is approaching our first major deadline. Legislators in the House have until February 3rd to hear and pass legislation. At that point, the second half of session begins and so

[r15] The Lehe Report: Property Tax Caps Referendum Set for November (1/21/2010)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Start Date: 1/21/2010 All Day End Date: 1/21/2010 <![CDATA[ The Lehe Report: Property Tax Caps Referendum Set for November STATEHOUSE- My fellow legislators and I have only been in session for a short time but a lot has already been accomplished. The 2010 legislative session began on January 5 and since then we've passed two important

[r15] Lehe Statement on Governor Daniels' State of the State Address (1/20/2010)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Start Date: 1/20/2010 All Day End Date: 1/20/2010 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE-Please include the following statement from Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) in your coverage of Governor Daniels' State of the State address: "I was encouraged by what the governor had to say tonight," said Rep. Lehe. "It's clear the economic times we are living in are

[r15] Constitutional Property Tax Caps Pass House, Advance to Senate (1/12/2010)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Start Date: 1/12/2010 All Day End Date: 1/12/2010 <![CDATA[ Constitutional Property Tax Caps Pass House, Advance to Senate STATEHOUSE- Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) released the following statement today in response to the passage of HJR1, the constitutional amendment to permanently cap homeowner's property taxes. The measure

[r15] Rep. Lehe Votes to Support Hoosier Farmers (1/12/2010)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Start Date: 1/12/2010 All Day End Date: 1/12/2010 <![CDATA[ Rep. Lehe Votes to Support Hoosier Farmers STATEHOUSE-Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) today supported House Bill (HB) 1004 in order to further cap property tax bills starting in 2011 and to slow the growth of the assessed value on farmland. The bill passed out of the Indiana House by a

[r15] Property Tax Caps Clear Major Hurdle (1/8/2010)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Start Date: 1/8/2010 All Day End Date: 1/8/2010 <![CDATA[ Property Tax Caps Clear Major Hurdle Rep. Lehe optimistic that caps will pass this session STATEHOUSE-Constitutionally protected property tax caps passed a significant hurdle today in the House of Representatives, in spite of House Democrats filing three amendments in an attempt to

[r15] Rep. Lehe Statement on HB1001 (6/30/2009)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Start Date: 6/30/2009 All Day End Date: 6/30/2009 <![CDATA[ Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) offered the following statement about House Bill 1001, the budget bill: "We promised Hoosiers we would deliver them a responsible budget, and, after much discussion and deliberation, I'm happy to report we met that promise," said Rep. Lehe. "There was

[r15] Rep. Lehe Co-Hosts 10th Annual Hoosier Job Fair (5/11/2009)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Start Date: 5/11/2009 All Day End Date: 5/11/2009 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) - State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) will be a co-host for the 10th Annual Hoosier Job Fair, scheduled for Aug. 4 in Monticello. The announcement today was made with the job fair's host, Congressman Steve Buyer (R-Monticello), and co-host, Brandt Hershman

[r15] Rep. Lehe's Statement on the the State Budget and Unemployment Insurance (4/30/2009)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Start Date: 4/30/2009 All Day End Date: 4/30/2009 <![CDATA[ Please include the following statement from Rep. Lehe in your coverage of legislative action on these issues: State budget "We promised Hoosiers we'd deliver them a responsibly balanced budget that does not set us up for tax increases. Unfortunately, the House-passed budget does

[r15] Rep. Lehe: New Wind Farms Continue Indiana's Clean-Energy Commitment (4/17/2009)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Start Date: 4/17/2009 All Day End Date: 4/17/2009 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE - The production of clean energy has always been a top priority in Indiana. Here in Northwest Indiana, wind energy is readily available for us to harness. This past week was an exciting step forward for wind energy with Horizon Wind Energy ground-breaking in White County

[r15] Rep. Lehe and Sen. Landske to Host Town Hall Meeting (4/15/2009)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Start Date: 4/15/2009 All Day End Date: 4/15/2009 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) April 15, 2009 - State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and State Sen. Sue Landske (R-Cedar Lake) will host a town hall meeting at 11:30 a.m. CDT on Saturday, April 18, in the St. John Township Hall to discuss various topics related to state government. The public is

[r15] Rep. Lehe: Groundbreaking for Two New Wind Farms Planned for Indiana Energy Week (4/14/2009)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Start Date: 4/14/2009 All Day End Date: 4/14/2009 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) April 14, 2009 - Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) announced today that the groundbreaking of two new wind farms in Benton and White Counties will be a part of Indiana Wind Energy Week declared by Governor Mitch Daniels for April 13-18. This announcement came after the

[r15] Rep. Lehe: Talking With Our Hoosier Students (4/9/2009)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Start Date: 4/9/2009 All Day End Date: 4/9/2009 <![CDATA[ I always enjoy the chance to travel to schools and visit with students throughout our district. I especially like speaking with high school students because they have started to form their own opinions on critical state issues. But no matter where I visit, the students are very

[r15] Rep. Lehe: Governor Requests Federal Assistance for White and Lake Counties (4/8/2009)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Start Date: 4/8/2009 All Day End Date: 4/8/2009 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2009) - Lake and White counties are among the 13 counties for which federal assistance has been requested because of recent storm damage, according to Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston). Gov. Mitch Daniels has asked for federal individual assistance for Hoosier

[r15] Reps. Lehe and Gutwein Weigh In on the Effect of the Tax Caps on Agricultural Property (4/2/2009)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Start Date: 4/2/2009 All Day End Date: 4/2/2009 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE - Permanently capping property taxes is a top priority of House Republicans, and since last year, we have been working hard to amend the property tax caps into the Indiana Constitution. Many of you are familiar with the property tax caps - 1 percent for homesteads, 2

[r15] Rep. Lehe Challenges Colleagues to Pledge Support for Tax Caps (4/1/2009)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Start Date: 4/1/2009 All Day End Date: 4/1/2009 <![CDATA[

[r15] Pocketbook Issues (3/30/2009)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Start Date: 3/30/2009 All Day End Date: 3/30/2009 <![CDATA[ So far this session, we have seen the voice of Hoosier taxpayers silenced, the promotion of big spenders, increased taxpayer debt, no permanent property tax cap protection and the abandonment of biennial budget responsibilities. With fewer than five weeks remaining, there's clearly

[r15] Rep. Lehe Supports Expansion of Tuition Exemption for Purple Heart Recipients (3/26/2009)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Start Date: 3/26/2009 All Day End Date: 3/26/2009 <![CDATA[ All Indiana Purple Heart recipients would be eligible for tuition and fee exemptions at state educational institutions if a bill passed unanimously today by the Indiana House of Representatives gains final approval by Gov. Mitch Daniels. Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) co-sponsored

[r15] Rep. Lehe Honors Families of Fallen Indiana Soldiers (3/24/2009)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Start Date: 3/24/2009 All Day End Date: 3/24/2009 <![CDATA[ Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) 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 terrorism. In a resolution, the Indiana General Assembly offered

[r15] Eligible Hoosiers to Receive Unemployment Assistance Deadline Extension (3/19/2009)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Start Date: 3/19/2009 All Day End Date: 3/19/2009 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE (March 19, 2009) - As your state representatives for northern Indiana, we wanted to pass along this important announcement from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Hoosiers who have exhausted their state and federal unemployment benefits may be eligible for

[r15] Rep. Lehe Responds to Week's Events (3/13/2009)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Start Date: 3/13/2009 All Day End Date: 3/13/2009 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE - One of the main topics of discussion this week was the hearing of the several of the Kernan-Shepard recommendations by the House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee. The committee took several Senate bills with Kernan-Shepard recommendations and amended them

[r15] Rep. Lehe Honors Monticello's Bicentennial (3/10/2009)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Start Date: 3/10/2009 All Day End Date: 3/10/2009 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Mar. 10, 2009 - The City of Monticello was honored today by State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) in celebration of its bicentennial anniversary, and continued dedication towards strengthening and building its community. "It's a great honor to recognize a city full of

[r15] Rep. Lehe's Midterm Review (3/6/2009)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Start Date: 3/6/2009 All Day End Date: 3/6/2009 <![CDATA[ As the 2009 session progresses, I want to let you know what the legislature has done, as well as my hopes for where we will be at the end of April. Our most important issue to resolve is the state budget. Other issues will be directly affected by what happens with the budget, such

[r15] Rep Lehe's Statement on HB 1001 (2/20/2009)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Start Date: 2/20/2009 All Day End Date: 2/20/2009 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE) Feb. 20, 2009 - Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) offered the following statement about House Bill 1001, the budget bill: "Our promise was to deliver to Hoosier taxpayers an honestly balanced budget with no gimmicks and no tax increases. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.

[r15] Rep Lehe's Statement on the Passing of House Bill 1001 (2/20/2009)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Start Date: 2/20/2009 All Day End Date: 2/20/2009 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Feb. 20, 2009 - Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) offered the following statement about House Bill 1001, the budget bill: "Our promise was to deliver to Hoosier taxpayers an honestly balanced budget with no gimmicks and no tax increases. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.

[r15] Rep. Lehe Responds to Your Concerns (2/20/2009)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Start Date: 2/20/2009 All Day End Date: 2/20/2009 <![CDATA[ I was elected a state representative for the important task of representing your interests at the Statehouse. As a public servant, I need continual input from the people of District 15 as I seek to make the best decisions for the district and the state. One important source of

[r15] Rep. Lehe Applauds Indiana's Renewable Energy Efforts (2/13/2009)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Start Date: 2/13/2009 All Day End Date: 2/13/2009 <![CDATA[ Abraham Lincoln once said something that reminds me of Hoosiers' hard work and innovation: "You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today." When Hoosier companies support the use of alternative energy, they're thinking about tomorrow. When Hoosiers invest in

[r15] A Balanced Budget is a Must for Weathering the Recession (2/4/2009)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Start Date: 2/4/2009 All Day End Date: 2/4/2009 <![CDATA[ Crafting another honestly balanced biennial budget - no gimmicks and no general tax increases or new taxes - trumps everything else this session. There will be great challenges in achieving this goal, but now more than ever, legislators must work to protect Hoosier families and

[r15] We Must Be Patient with School Streamlining (2/3/2009)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Start Date: 2/3/2009 All Day End Date: 2/3/2009 <![CDATA[ By now, we've heard a lot about Indiana's condition of too much and too expensive local government. After all, our state has 2 percent of the nation's population, but 8 percent of its local government. It's clear that something must be done, but what? How do we reduce the burden of

[r15] Rep. Lehe Invites Students to Serve as Pages (1/15/2009)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Start Date: 1/15/2009 All Day End Date: 1/15/2009 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Jan. 15, 2009 - State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) is offering opportunities for area students who are interested in serving as single-day pages in the Indiana House of Representatives. By serving as a House page, students are given a unique opportunity to view and

[r15] Rep. Lehe Comments On Governor's State of the State Address (1/13/2009)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Start Date: 1/13/2009 All Day End Date: 1/13/2009 <![CDATA[ State Rep. Don Lehe offered the following statement in response to Gov. Mitch Daniels' State of the State address: "Gov. Daniels' speech tonight laid down a solid plan for the upcoming year. We will face plenty of challenges, and that is exactly why we will need both sides to work

[r15] Rep. Lehe Returns To Statehouse (1/7/2009)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Start Date: 1/7/2009 All Day End Date: 1/7/2009 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Jan. 7, 2009 - Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston), along with his House colleagues, opened the 2009 session of the Indiana General Assembly today at the Statehouse. Rep. Lehe starts the session with a number of goals that aim to control government spending and maintain

[r15] Rep. Lehe Returns to Statehouse for Organization Day (11/18/2008)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Start Date: 11/18/2008 All Day End Date: 11/18/2008 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Nov. 18, 2008 - Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) was sworn in today as a member of the 116th General Assembly during the legislature's Organization Day. Rep. Lehe has represented District 15 since 2002. Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan Jr. presided over the

[r15] Supreme Court Upholds Voter ID Law (4/28/2008)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Start Date: 4/28/2008 All Day End Date: 4/28/2008 <![CDATA[ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, April 28, 2008 Supreme Court Upholds Voter ID Law (STATEHOUSE) April 28, 2008 - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld Indiana's law requiring voters to provide photo ID at the polls before they can vote. The law, which passed through the

[r15] Lehe Guest Column: HB 1001/SJR 1 (3/6/2008)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Start Date: 3/6/2008 All Day End Date: 3/6/2008 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) March 6, 2008 - Maybe The Beatles said it best: "Help! I need somebody. Help! Not just anybody. Help! You know I need someone. Help!" That very well could be the song some tax-paying Hoosiers feel like singing right now. After many discussions in the Legislature,

[r15] Rep. Lehe Co-Authors "Truth in Sentencing" Bill for Sex Offenders (3/6/2008)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Start Date: 3/6/2008 All Day End Date: 3/6/2008 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) March 6, 2008 - The Indiana House today concurred with the Senate on legislation that provides "truth in sentencing" for certain classifications of sex offenders by requiring that they serve at least 85 percent of their sentences. The House concurred on House Bill 1271

[r15] Guest Column: SJR 1 (2/28/2008)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Start Date: 2/28/2008 All Day End Date: 2/28/2008 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Feb. 28, 2008 - Last week, the House Democrats displayed many actions that surprised even me. After the decision to place property tax caps on a home's total income instead of a household's assessed value earlier in the week, the Democrat leadership recessed Feb.

[r15] Rep. Lehe Honors Harold and Arleta Waibel (2/28/2008)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Start Date: 2/28/2008 All Day End Date: 2/28/2008 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Feb. 28, 2008 - State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman today presented the Hoosier Homestead Award to Harold and Arleta Waibel of Benton County for their commitment to Indiana agriculture for more than 100 years. "It is my pleasure to

[r15] Rep. Lehe Honors the Mathew Family (2/28/2008)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Start Date: 2/28/2008 All Day End Date: 2/28/2008 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Feb. 28, 2008 - State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and Lt. Governor Becky Skillman today presented the Hoosier Homestead Award to the Mathew family of White County for their commitment to Indiana agriculture for more than 100 years. "The Hoosier Homestead Award is a

[r15] SJR 1 Third Reading Deadline Statement (2/28/2008)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Start Date: 2/28/2008 All Day End Date: 2/28/2008 <![CDATA[ "Even though I disagree with basing property taxes on a household's total income, the resolution had to be passed. Otherwise, we would have lost the opportunity to continue making revisions in a conference committee," said Rep. Lehe. "I am still in support of 1-percent cap on

[r15] Guest Column: SJR 1 (2/21/2008)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Start Date: 2/21/2008 All Day End Date: 2/21/2008 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Feb. 21, 2008 - Majority Democrats in the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday abruptly amended Senate Joint Resolution 1, which would lead to constitutional caps on property tax bills. Democrats altered the property tax reform plan so that the tax caps would

[r15] Guest Column: Senate Bill 235 - Vote Centers and Alternate Polling Place (2/14/2008)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Start Date: 2/14/2008 All Day End Date: 2/14/2008 <![CDATA[ As a member of the Elections and Apportionment Committee, I hear various bills about voting. One of those bills, Senate bill 235, focuses on vote centers and alternate polling places. The bill establishes the use of vote centers as an option for all counties. As it stands now,

[r15] Floodway Areas Receive New Reconstruction Requirements (2/12/2008)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Start Date: 2/12/2008 All Day End Date: 2/12/2008 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Feb. 12, 2008 - Residential areas damaged by floods will soon receive new reconstruction requirements with the passage of Senate Bill 104, co-sponsored by Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston). SB 104 requires the Department of Natural Resources to give information about the

[r15] Guest Column: The halfway point. (2/7/2008)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Start Date: 2/7/2008 All Day End Date: 2/7/2008 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Feb. 7, 2008 - The halfway point. The General Assembly has completed half of the 2008 legislative session, and the Senate bills are now being heard in the House committees. Among the Senate bills that passed, I am a House co-sponsor of two: Senate Bill 104 and Senate

[r15] Guest Column (1/31/2008)

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Start Date: 1/31/2008 All Day End Date: 1/31/2008 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Jan. 31, 2007 - Gov. Mitch Daniels received word on Thursday from President George W. Bush that northern Indiana (Carroll, Cass, Elkhart, Fulton, Jasper, Marshall, Pulaski, Tippecanoe and White counties) have received federal assistance in response to the Jan. 7

[r15] Guest Column (1/24/2008)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Start Date: 1/24/2008 All Day End Date: 1/24/2008 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Jan. 24, 2007- The much-debated property tax bill, House Bill 1001, went through second reading in the House on Tuesday and finally passed the House, with my support, on Thursday by a 93-1 vote. As it stands, the bill still contains Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan as well

[r15] Lehe Votes for Property Tax Relief; HB 1001 Passes House (1/24/2008)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Start Date: 1/24/2008 All Day End Date: 1/24/2008 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Jan. 24, 2008 - Hoosiers are a step closer to property tax relief after the Indiana House of Representatives on Thursday passed House Bill 1001 by a vote of 93-1. Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) voted in favor of the bill. The bill now heads to the Indiana Senate. The

[r15] Rep. Lehe Proposes 2% Property Tax Cap for Agricultural Land (1/22/2008)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Start Date: 1/22/2008 All Day End Date: 1/22/2008 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Jan. 22, 2008 - State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) today offered an amendment that would cap farmers' property tax payments at 2 percent of their assessed value. The amendment was to Gov. Mitch Daniels' property tax plan. An amendment with the same language was

[r15] State Representative Lehe Comments On Governor's State of the State Address (1/15/2008)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Start Date: 1/15/2008 All Day End Date: 1/15/2008 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Jan. 15, 2008 - "The governor's property tax plan is a great start for the General Assembly to work off of," said Rep. Lehe. "In a bipartisan manner, we need to prepare a plan that will provide property tax relief both immediately and forever. I applaud the

[r15] Guest Column (1/10/2008)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Start Date: 1/10/2008 All Day End Date: 1/10/2008 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE (Jan. 10, 2008) - Flooding from melting snow and heavy rain has affected areas of northwest Indiana. In the past 24 hours, several towns in the area have sustained flood damage. The flooding has caused evacuations, ruined homes and taken lives. The issues surrounding

[r15] Rep. Don Lehe Begins Work at the Statehouse (1/8/2008)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Start Date: 1/8/2008 All Day End Date: 1/8/2008 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE) Jan. 8, 2008 - Today, Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston), along with House colleagues, opened the 2008 session of the Indiana General Assembly at the Statehouse. Rep. Lehe starts the session with a number of goals to improve the lives of Hoosier families. "Property taxes

[r15] Rep. Lehe and House colleagues begin efforts to ease taxpayers' burden (11/20/2007)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Start Date: 11/20/2007 All Day End Date: 11/20/2007 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Nov. 20, 2007 - State Rep. Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and the legislators of the 115th Indiana General Assembly used Organization Day as the start of their efforts to ease Hoosier taxpayers' property tax burden with permanent and comprehensive reform. Organization

[r15] Guest Column (9/17/2007)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Start Date: 9/17/2007 All Day End Date: 9/17/2007 <![CDATA[ Last week, Senator Sue Landske and I hosted a town hall meeting where about 60 people attended and voiced their concerns about the pending closure of the Intec Group. In addition, representatives from the Department of Workforce Development and the Indiana Economic Development

[r15] Rep. Lehe and Sen. Landske Host Town Hall Meeting (9/4/2007)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Start Date: 9/4/2007 All Day End Date: 9/4/2007 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) September 4, 2007 - State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and Senator Sue Landske (R- Cedar Lake) will host a Town Hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. CDT on September 10 at the Beaver Township Community Center, 409 S Polk St., Morocco, to address the recent Intec closing

[r15] Rep. Lehe Endorses House Republican $200 Million Property Tax Relief Plan (8/3/2007)

Friday, August 3, 2007

Start Date: 8/3/2007 All Day End Date: 8/3/2007 <![CDATA[ The weather isn't the only thing causing temperatures to rise; property tax bills are also heating things up across the state. For several weeks now, local and state officials have been trying to conjure up a plan to solve the state's property tax crisis. At least we are all on the

[r15] Interim Study Committees Begin (7/26/2007)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Start Date: 7/26/2007 All Day End Date: 7/26/2007 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) July 26, 2007 - State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) has been assigned to four statutory study commissions and committees aimed at preparing the General Assembly for important issues that will likely be discussed during the next legislative session. House

[r15] Rep. Lehe Congratulates Local Student Essay Winner (6/8/2007)

Friday, June 8, 2007

Start Date: 6/8/2007 All Day End Date: 6/8/2007 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) June 8, 2007 - State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) congratulates Sebastian Zagarena for winning the 2007 David Deuter Memorial Statewide 5th Grade Essay Contest for Lake County. Zagarena is a student from Saint Edward School. Contestants had to compose an

[r15] Rep. Lehe Congratulates Local Student Essay Winner (6/8/2007)

Friday, June 8, 2007

Start Date: 6/8/2007 All Day End Date: 6/8/2007 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) April 17, 2007 - State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) congratulates Michael Griffin for winning the 2007 David Deuter Memorial Statewide 5th Grade Essay Contest for White County. Griffin is a student from Oaklawn Elementary School. Contestants had to compose an

[r15] Rep. Lehe Congratulates Local Student Essay Winner (6/8/2007)

Friday, June 8, 2007

Start Date: 6/8/2007 All Day End Date: 6/8/2007 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) June 8, 2007 - State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) congratulates Ashley Weiss for winning the 2007 David Deuter Memorial Statewide 5th Grade Essay Contest for Newton County. Weiss is a student from Lake Village Elementary School. Contestants had to compose an

[r15] Guest Column (4/20/2007)

Friday, April 20, 2007

Start Date: 4/20/2007 All Day End Date: 4/20/2007 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) April 20, 2007 - We are in the home stretch of the 115th General Assembly and we are continuing to reconcile any differences on legislation during conference committees. Our final days will more than likely be spent debating on important issues, such as the state's
Rep. Lehe discusses legislation in the House Chamber.
Rep. Lehe presents a resolution on the House floor.
Rep. Lehe discusses legislation in the House Chamber.
Rep. Lehe works with a fellow representative.
Rep. Lehe has a light-hearted conversation before session begins.
Rep. Lehe explains legislation in the House Chamber.