Welcome to my website! I am honored to serve House District 78 as your state representative.
My goal for the 2015 legislative session is to accurately represent the ideas and concerns of our community at the Statehouse. It is imperative that we work together to continue Indiana’s growth and improvement, so I encourage you to contact me with your thoughts on how we can make our state even better.
Please feel free to use the links on this site to learn more about state government and what I’m working on at the Statehouse. It is my hope that this site will serve as a valuable resource for southern Indiana, its residents and visitors to our communities.
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I look forward to working with you to keep our community one of the best places to live, work and raise a family.
House District 78
Indiana House of Representatives: 2014 - Present
House District 78: Portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties
House Standing Committees:
Interim Study Committee: Roads and Transportation
Address: 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
Education: Industrial Engineering B.S., University of Missouri; Continued Education in Business Management, Lindenwood University
Occupation: Owner of Onward Consulting, LLC
Representative Holli Sullivan was caucused in as the representative for House District 78 at the beginning of the 2014 legislative session. She lives in Evansville with her husband Chad and their three children: Dalton, Savannah and Sawyer.
Before opening her own consulting firm in 2010, Rep. Sullivan worked in management at General Motors Corporation and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana. She is a Board member of the Joint Workforce Investment Board and a member of Young Life Evansville. She is also a graduate of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service series.
Rep. Sullivan is focused on serving House District 78 to the best of her skill and ability.
House District 78 consists of portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties in southwestern Indiana.
House Republicans are prioritizing a responsible, comprehensive and sustainable plan to address our state’s road and bridge funding needs. House Bill 1001 focuses on three principles: fiscal responsibility, data-driven metrics and sustainability. As a mother of three and a member of the Roads and Transportation Committee, I am committed to supporting a safe and efficient transportation system without creating long-term debt for our children and grandchildren.
The 2016 legislative session is here and I would like your input on several important issues.
I am committed to keeping the momentum going this session as we work toward developing a responsible, comprehensive and sustainable plan to maintain and improve our transportation infrastructure. As the Crossroads of America, our infrastructure plays a key role in our state's economy.
I will also continue to focus on attracting and retaining great teachers to our classrooms, especially in high-demand areas like STEM and special education. Hoosier children are our most precious resource, and I'm committed to making sure they have the best possible education to succeed in today's economy.
How are you and your family giving thanks this holiday season?
My family and I will be celebrating in several ways, including running our first 5K together. The Turkey Day 5K benefits Goodwill and provides us an opportunity to spend time together. This is just one way the community can give back this holiday season. If you are interested in participating in this event click here. I would love to see you there!
Great news! The downtown Evansville Indiana University medical and research facility broke ground last week.
As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, I worked to secure $25 million in funding for this new development because of the transformational impact it will have on our community. The school expects 500 students to be enrolled when the campus opens for its first semester in spring 2018.
Working with the medical community
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with members of the Vanderburgh County Medical Society about the many health care issues that were addressed during the 2015 legislative session.
Understanding the needs of the medical community is imperative for me to remain informed during the legislative process. When health related legislation is authored, I do my best to understand the impact it would have on the health care community including patients and providers.
While the Environmental Protection Agency continues it’s war on coal, you can count on me to support Indiana’s coal industry and the 26,000 Hoosiers it employs across our state.
Recently, I joined the Indiana Coal Council on an underground tour of the Sunrise Coal mine in Oaktown. Once we were underground, we drove more than five miles to get to the mine. I was impressed by the workers, especially as I watched a 26-year-old operator maneuver a complex machine with ease and precision. The work and talent of these miners is essential to maintaining affordable and reliable energy for Hoosier families and businesses.
This past legislative session, I supported an honestly balanced budget which allocated additional funding to Indiana's Department of Child Services (DCS). This funding was provided to allow DCS to increase their staff and better serve Hoosier families and children.
The state is looking to hire additional Family Case Managers across Indiana to serve our communities. To meet these needs, the DCS Vanderburgh County office is hosting a career fair to recruit quality applicants.
Join me in congratulating the Arc of Evansville for receiving accreditation from the Commission of Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)! This is their eighth consecutive time achieving the accreditation.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) authored House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1617, which increases workforce development by clarifying Indiana’s mineral rights laws, was ceremoniously signed into law by Governor Mike Pence.
“As a professional, I understand the importance of having efficient avenues for conducting business and this legislation streamlines the process for developers when mineral rights become difficult to establish,” said Rep. Sullivan. “This clarification to Indiana’s code will help secure jobs as developers will be able to continue their work and not stop projects prematurely.”
I recently had the opportunity to visit Alcoa in Warrick County. With my background in manufacturing and production, I was interested in Alcoa’s operations and learning more about this successful, local business. Knowing that June is National Safety Month, I was also intrigued by Alcoa’s dedication to maintaining a safe working environment by going above and beyond the required safety standards to implement the best practices for their employees’ needs. While touring the facility, I learned that in a five year period, ending in 2014, the plant had a recordable Occupational Safety and Health Administration rate of 1.8, lower than the national average.
Once school lets out for summer, many families are busy with sports, vacations and the array of activities that take place when the weather gets warm. Knowing this, I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you about the resources available on your mobile device that the state of Indiana offers for Hoosiers on the go. All these apps are free and offer a diverse range of information to help you better connect with your government or find a great state park that you can take your family to this summer.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) authored House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1004, which creates the Safety P.I.N. (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns) grant program to combat infant mortality in Indiana. Recently signed into law by Governor Mike Pence, this legislation was co-authored by House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) and State Rep. Dave Frizzell (R-Indianapolis).
Indiana is starting the summer travel season off with a week devoted to showcasing Hoosier destinations. Visit Indiana along with Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann are hosting "Visit Indiana Week" starting May 2 and lasting until May 10.
The end of the legislative session, also known as Sine Die, has finally come after months of working on Indiana’s biennial budget and other House Republican priorities. We have worked diligently to develop and pass legislation that remains accountable to Hoosier taxpayers, students, teachers, families and more. I am very excited to discuss some of those accomplishments with you, which will improve the quality of life for Hoosiers in our community.
STATEHOUSE - “I was proud to craft and help pass our state’s biennial budget, which provides $25.2 million for the Southwest Indiana Regional Medical School in Evansville. Throughout session, I worked diligently and advocated for this funding to be included in the budget, knowing it could grow our economy, increase residency opportunities for Hoosier medical students and support physician retention.
I am so excited that an Honor Flight hub was recently established in southern Indiana. The Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization, was established to honor veteran's for their sacrifices by providing them free transportation to visit and reflect at war memorials in Washington, D.C.
This week you may have seen an email newsletter from me about the upcoming U.S. Service Academy informational meeting. Hosted by Congressman Larry Buschon, the meeting will take place this Saturday, April 18th at the Vincennes University Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Attendees will learn about the details of becoming a service academy cadet including the application process, congressional nominations and the daily routine of cadets.
I recently invited families from our community to spend the day with me in Indianapolis. They had the opportunity to meet with state leaders and spend time learning about the Statehouse. I was so pleased with the number of families that participated, and I hope they enjoyed this experience as much as I did.
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” and in that spirit, I wanted to share with you how you can get involved.
Vanderburgh County is blessed to be home to the Arc of Evansville, a non-profit organization that supports individuals with disabilities and empowers them to gain independence, build relationships and achieve their full potential. Throughout March, they are hosting multiple events in our community, and I encourage you to attend an upcoming “Giveback Day” where a local restaurant will donate 10 percent of their sales to this organization, supporting those with disabilities.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) has authored a bill to benefit taxpayers and Hoosier motorists. House Bill (HB) 1362 would extend the amount of time that Indiana is required to reissue license plates. The bill passed unanimously out of the Senate with a 48-1 vote.
“I was pleased to see HB 1362 receive such bipartisan support and pass out of the Senate,” said Rep. Sullivan. “This legislation will allow the state to save tax dollars which can then be passed onto consumers.”
Currently, license plates must be issued by the state every five years. If enacted, HB 1362 could extend the life cycle of license plates by up to 10 years, which could save the state on average around $10 million per year starting in July 2016.
HB 1362 gives the Bureau of Motor Vehicles the ability to set the license plate life cycle at no less than five years, but no more than 10 years. The bill does not change the exemptions for certain plates like municipal or commercial motor vehicles.
“With updated technology, license plates are able to withstand more and last longer,” said Rep. Sullivan. “This change would allow Indiana to keep the cost of license plates low while maintaining quality.”
HB 1362 now goes to the governor to be signed into law. To learn more about Rep. Sullivan, visit www.indianahouserepublicans.com.
Rep. Sullivan (R-Evansville) represents portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce recently announced its 100 businesses on their best places to work list for 2015. I am proud to say that one of the businesses on this list is from House District 78! United Leasing, Inc. is one of 24 medium-sized companies that received this distinguished recognition and deserves to be acknowledged as a business that creates an exemplary environment for their employees to grow and thrive.
I am excited to announce that I will be hosting a Family Day at the Statehouse this session on Monday, March 23rd. I invite families from our local community to join me at our state's capital. This will be a great chance to experience the legislative process, hear from state leaders and learn about other student opportunities.
STATEHOUSE - “As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I was pleased to be a part of the team that helped craft our state’s biennial budget. This session, our top priority is to pass an honestly balanced budget without raising taxes on hardworking Hoosiers, and I am pleased our budget accomplishes that goal. The budget also builds on Indiana’s envious fiscal condition while supporting the Hoosier workforce and helping fund projects that benefit southwest Indiana like the Southern Indiana Regional Medical Center.”
The legislative session is nearly halfway done, and I am proud of all that has been accomplished to improve our area of the state. I have worked diligently to serve our community and want to take this opportunity to discuss some of what has been accomplished so far.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) authored House Bill (HB) 1004, creating the Safety P.I.N. (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns) grant program to combat infant mortality in Indiana. The bill was co-authored by House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) and State Rep. Dave Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) and passed unanimously out of the House today.
There are many different views I bring to the table as a legislator. My experiences as a southwest Indiana citizen, engineer and mother are just a few of the roles that provide me with unique perspectives I use to evaluate the impact of legislation on my community and state. This session in particular I have used my passion as a mother to address Indiana’s devastating infant mortality rate through House Bill 1004.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) has authored a bill to benefit taxpayers and Hoosier motorists. House Bill (HB) 1362 would extend the amount of time that Indiana is required to reissue license plates. The bill passed unanimously out of the House.
This week, House Bill (HB) 1362 passed out of the Roads and Transportation Committee with unanimous support. If enacted, this bill would extend the amount of time by up to five years that Hoosiers would be required to replace their license plates, excluding trucks. By extending the life cycling by up to 10 years, the state could save on average around $10 million per year starting in July 2016.
The bill now moves on to second reading where members of the full Indiana House will have the opportunity to discuss, debate and offer their amendments on this legislation. You can also learn about HB 1362 and follow it through the legislative process by clicking here.
Today, more people are using social media as a means to access information. I encourage you to follow me on Twitter @RepSullivanHD78 to learn about what I am up to at the statehouse as well as happenings in our community.
I'm very excited about the launch of the Indiana House Republicans new, user-friendly website. Click here to view my page where you will find my biography, a downloadable headshot, constituent resources and how to sign up for my e-newsletters.
As an engineer, I enjoy analyzing data and looking for innovative solutions. That is one reason I was pleased to be assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee which is tasked with reviewing our state’s finances and funding our constituents’ priorities while remaining fiscally responsible. Education, economic development and transportation infrastructure are a few of this session’s priorities, but the most important priority is to pass an honestly balanced budget without increasing taxes on hardworking Hoosiers. By continuing to live within our means, we will secure our economy for future generations.
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has launched their "Cash for College" campaign website. This website provides several links to help students financially prepare for higher education.
This Cash for College site allows students to compare college costs, factoring in financial aid, using the Indiana College Costs Estimator and the Indiana State Award Estimator. If students are interested in creating a college savings plan, the site also provides resources along with a step-by-step guide to make that process easier.
Students wanting information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form can find answers to FAQs like when is the application deadline and what forms need to be filled out. Click here for more information about the Cash for College campaign.
This is a great resource to help Hoosiers better prepare for the cost of a higher education. I encourage those interested in pursuing a higher education to read through each of the resources provided by Learn More Indiana.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Holli Sullivan (R–Evansville) is encouraging Hoosier 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.
STATEHOUSE – State Representatives Suzanne Crouch (R-Evansville) and Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) co-sponsored Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 153, which was signed into law today by Governor Pence. SB 153 amends Indiana's child labor laws to allow Hoosiers under age 14 to work as referees, umpires or officials for youth athletic programs.