Jerry Torr

Jerry Torr

Representative | District 39

Contact Information

Phone: 317-232-9674

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h39@iga.in.gov

Press Contact

Jessica Baker

Phone: 317-232-9805

Email: jessica.baker@iga.in.gov

Welcome, and thank you for visiting my web page. It is an honor and a privilege to serve you in the Indiana General Assembly, and I encourage you to contact me with your thoughts on issues important to you. Please take the time to check out the rest of my website, which I hope you'll find to be informative, entertaining or both.

Sincerely,

Jerry Torr
State Representative
House District 39

Assistant Majority Floor Leader

Indiana House of Representatives: 1996 - present

House District 39: Large portion of Clay Township in southern Hamilton County and the city of Carmel

Committees:

  • Chair: Rules and Legislative Procedures
  • Vice Chair: Joint Rules
  • Employment, Labor and Pensions
  • Judiciary
  • Insurance

Telephone:

  • Statehouse (800) 382-9841
  • Local (317) 232-9677

Occupation: Vice President of Business Development at Hamilton National Title in Carmel

Education: Attended Hanover College; Graduated Musicians Institute, Hollywood, Calif.

Representative Jerry Torr is a sixth generation Hoosier. He grew up on a family farm in the heart of Putnam County and was a 10-year 4-H'er. In 1987, he moved to Carmel where he currently resides. He became the state representative for House District 39 in 1996.

During the 2005 legislative session, Rep. Torr authored the Daylight Saving Time (DST) bill that called for Indiana to finally observe DST. DST has been instrumental in job creation for the Hoosier state.

In 2005, Rep. Torr also authored the Health Insurance Waiver Act, allowing health insurers to issue policies to individuals who would otherwise be denied coverage due to one or two minor pre-existing conditions. Since the act became public law, countless Hoosier consumers have benefited.

Rep. Torr has been the leading force in pursuing legislation that would eliminate the unfair practice of gerrymandering in Indiana. Redistricting is done every 10 years by the party in majority that year. This tends to lead to gerrymandering that ensures that majority incumbents are re-elected. He has proposed legislation that would create a bipartisan commission (consisting of both Republicans and Democrats) to draw new Indiana House and Senate districts. A bi-partisan commission would help to ensure that districts are drawn in the interest of constituents rather than in the interest of political parties and incumbent legislators.

Rep. Torr believes no Hoosier worker should be forced to join a labor union against his or her will as a condition of employment. In the 2012 legislative session, he championed House Bill 1001, Employee's Right to Work that was signed into law by the Governor in Feb. 2012. Twenty-two states currently have such "Right to Work" laws. Besides being a simple matter of fairness, economic development experts believe that a "Right to Work" law would bring many new jobs to Indiana.

Rep. Torr is a Client Executive at the Hylant Group. He was formerly a Commercial Casualty General Adjuster with FCCI Insurance Company in Carmel. He was previously a member of the Central Indiana Claims Association and the National Society of Professional Insurance Investors. He also previously served on the board of the Indiana Forum for Fair Liability Laws. In 1995, the forum was instrumental in the passage of a comprehensive Tort Reform Act. In addition, Rep. Torr formerly served as the Director of the President of the State Adjuster's Association.

Rep. Torr attended Hanover College where he studied music, philosophy and physics, among other things. He graduated from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Calif. in 1978 after studying guitar performance, music composition, arranging, orchestration and film scoring.

He is currently a member of all the Hamilton County Chambers of Commerce, including the Fishers Chamber of Commerce, the Westfield-Washington Chamber of Commerce, and the Carmel/Clay Chamber of Commerce. He is a former Precinct Committeeman and has been a delegate to the Republican State Convention.

Rep. Torr has been honored with numerous awards including the 2005 Chamber of Commerce Government Leader of the Year Award and the Small Business Champion Award, also given by the Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, Rep. Torr received the Government Leader of the Year award from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce again in 2012.

 

House District 39 is comprised of a large portion of Clay Township in southern Hamilton County and includes the city of Carmel.

Torr laces up sneakers to fight cancer

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Wednesday, January 20, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 19, 2016) – State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) paired his sneakers with his suit at the Statehouse to help raise cancer awareness. “In 2015 it was estimated that 13,420 Indiana residents died of cancer,” Torr said. “Every year we hold this event, and I truly feel that it is a great opportunity for us to show members

Rep. Torr joins Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, January 29, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jerry Torr (R-Carmel), legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse today in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to raise awareness of the fight against cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), in 2012, 35,000 Hoosiers heard the words “you have cancer,” and of

Rep. Torr to chair Rules Committee

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Wednesday, December 3, 2014

STATEHOUSE— House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced committee assignments and leadership appointments for the Indiana House Republican Caucus. State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) was appointed to six different House committees, including one chairmanship and one vice chairmanship. Committee chairmen and caucus leaders are selected

Torr: Redistricting bill passes House

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Start Date: 1/21/2014 Start Time: 5:00 PM End Date: 1/21/2014 End Time: 5:00 PM STATEHOUSE—House Bill (HB) 1032, authored by State Representative Jerry Torr (R-Carmel), passed out of the House today with a 77 to 20 vote. HB 1032 changes the current redistricting procedures. “I’m very pleased that HB 1032 passed out of the

Torr: Mass transit bill passes House

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Start Date: 2/26/2013 Start Time: 8:30 AM End Date: 2/26/2013 End Time: 8:30 AM STATEHOUSE – A bill that would allow some voters in Central Indiana to decide, via a referendum, whether or not to implement a mass transportation system passed out of the House tonight with a 56-39 vote. House Bill (HB) 1011 will allow Marion and

Rep. Torr to chair Rules Committee

Friday, November 30, 2012

Start Date: 11/30/2012 Start Time: 4:00 PM End Date: 11/30/2012 End Time: 4:00 PM STATEHOUSE— House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced committee assignments and leadership appointments for the Indiana House Republican Caucus. State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) was appointed to six different House committees, including one

Rep. Torr: The focus is on jobs and education

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Start Date: 11/20/2012 Start Time: 4:00 PM End Date: 11/20/2012 End Time: 4:00 PM STATEHOUSE – Indiana Legislators were sworn in today, Organization Day, which marks the first meeting for the 118th General Assembly. All 100 members of the House, including 19 new Republicans, were sworn in by Chief Justice Brent Dickson. “Just like

Torr: House Republicans release 2013 agenda

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Start Date: 10/4/2012 Start Time: 4:00 PM End Date: 10/4/2012 End Time: 4:00 PM 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.

Rep. Torr urges students to apply for House Republican internship program

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Start Date: 9/13/2012 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 9/13/2012 End Time: 8:00 AM STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) announces 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 who would like to gain professional

Torr: July 4

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Start Date: 7/4/2012 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 7/4/2012 End Time: 8:00 AM ...O say, does that star spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. The Land of the Free Freedom is what our country has been founded on and freedom is what we celebrate on Independence Day. On this day in 1776, the

Rep. Torr congratulates high school students on AP scores

Friday, June 29, 2012

Start Date: 6/29/2012 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 6/29/2012 End Time: 8:00 AM STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) congratulates Carmel High School and Westfield High School for their substantial growth in the number of students passing Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Of twenty-five schools across Indiana that were awarded for

Rep. Torr: Protecting Hoosiers from synthetic drugs

Monday, June 18, 2012

Start Date: 6/18/2012 Start Time: 9:00 AM End Date: 6/18/2012 End Time: 9:00 AM I recently read a horrific news story that has swept the nation about a Miami man who visciously attacked a homeless man. The young Miami man was believed to be under the influence of synthetic drugs, or "bath salts." Bath salts are dangerous synthetic drugs

Rep. Torr: Indiana leads the nation in job growth

Monday, June 4, 2012

Start Date: 6/4/2012 Start Time: 9:00 AM End Date: 6/4/2012 End Time: 9:00 AM Indiana led the nation in private sector job growth in April. The job growth added 15,400 new jobs for Hoosiers, according to the latest report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Hoosier job growth was six times the U.S. average and accounted for

Rep. Torr: Memorial Day: Honoring our Veterans (5/25/2012)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Start Date: 5/25/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 5/25/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for us to enjoy our freedom. Take time this Memorial Day to honor veterans by attending a local parade or community event. In Washington D.C., Congress enacted a resolution in 2000

Rep. Torr receives Legislator of the Year Award

Monday, May 21, 2012

Start Date: 5/21/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 5/22/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) received the 2012 Legislator of the Year Award presented on Wednesday from the Indiana Hotel and Lodging Association (IHLA). Rep. Torr received the award specifically for his work during the 2012

Rep. Torr: Work Zone Awareness Week (4/23/2012)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Start Date: 4/23/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 4/23/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM National Work Zone Awareness week is April 23-27. Considering the amount of road construction that is taking place all throughout our state it is important to take some time and review work zone safety issues. According to the Indiana Department of

Rep. Torr reacts to Adjournment of 2012 Session

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Start Date: 3/10/2012 End Date: 3/10/2012 Hamilton County Statement: Rep. Torr reacts to Adjournment of 2012 Session STATEHOUSE – “While the 2012 legislative session was only ten weeks long, there was no shortage of activity on the House floor. The General Assembly made great progress this short session, and addressed a

Torr: Indiana: the Nation's 23rd Right to Work State

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Start Date: 2/1/2012 End Date: 2/1/2012 Hamilton County Indiana: the Nation’s 23rd Right to Work State STATEHOUSE – After over 40 hours of testimony, debate, and discussion over the past year House Bill (HB) 1001, Employee’s Right to Work passed the Indiana House of Representatives last week and today passed the State

Torr: Right to Work Legislation Passes House

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Start Date: 1/26/2012 All Day End Date: 1/26/2012 Hamilton County Right to Work Legislation Passes House STATEHOUSE – After nearly 35 hours of testimony, debate, and discussion over the past year House Bill (HB) 1001, Employee’s Right to Work passed the Indiana House of Representatives 54-44. Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel)

Torr: House Business is Stalled

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Start Date: 3/1/2011 All Day End Date: 3/1/2011 <![CDATA[ House Dems Stall Floor Debate STATEHOUSE- State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) anxiously awaited the return of the Democrats on the House floor today. In order for the House to resume session, approximately 67 of the House members must be present for a quorum call. "Democrats

Rep. Torr Bill Passes the House

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Start Date: 3/1/2011 All Day End Date: 3/1/2011 <![CDATA[ Rep. Torr's Venture Capital Tax Credit Bill Passes the House STATEHOUSE- Rep. Torr's (R-Carmel) bill to increase the amount of tax credits for investment available to qualified Indiana businesses passed the House yesterday by a vote of 96 to 0 and will now move to the Senate for

Rep. Torr Tax Credit Bill

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Start Date: 2/6/2011 All Day End Date: 2/6/2011 <![CDATA[ Rep. Torr files to increase tax credits venture capitalists STATEHOUSE- Rep Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) filed a bill Tuesday that was handed down during session today. Bill HB1008 would increase tax credits from $500,000 to $1,000,000 for qualified Indiana businesses. A qualified

Rep. Torr Named Chairman of Rules Committee

Monday, January 31, 2011

Start Date: 1/31/2011 All Day End Date: 1/31/2011 <![CDATA[ Rep. Torr Named Chairman of Rules Committee STATEHOUSE-Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) appointed Rep. Jerry Torr (R - Carmel) as Chairman of the Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee for the 117th Indiana General Assembly. Rep. Torr has previously served as a member of

Rep. Torr Recognizes Educational Excellence

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Start Date: 1/14/2010 All Day End Date: 1/14/2010 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE-Indiana's Four Star School Awardees were announced for the 2008-2009 school year on Wednesday, said Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel). Five of the 188 schools that were honored with the prestigious award were within Rep. Torr's district. Among those schools were Clay Middle

Rep. Torr given Top Legislator Rating by Indiana Chamber

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Start Date: 8/25/2009 All Day End Date: 8/25/2009 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE - Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) recently received the highest pro-business rating of any Hoosier legislator in the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's 2009 Legislative Vote Analysis. Ratings were based on votes from this year and from a two-year aggregate. For the past two

Torr: Statement on Unemployment

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Start Date: 4/30/2009 All Day End Date: 4/30/2009 <![CDATA[ Unemployment Insurance "Waiting until the last minute to vote on the most important issues might be a good political strategy, but it doesn't make for good policy, as we can clearly see from this so-called jobless fund fix. "The bill acquiesces to the demands of labor unions by

Rep. Torr: A Sad Tax Day for Hoosiers

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Start Date: 4/16/2009 All Day End Date: 4/16/2009 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE - House Democrats ran out on permanent property tax relief today before the Caps Clock did, Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) says. Today was the deadline for the third reading of bills in the House. House Democrats voted to adjourn until Monday. Unfortunately, Tax Day came and

Reps. Noe and Torr: Carmel Qualifies for Water Project Grant

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Start Date: 4/16/2009 All Day End Date: 4/16/2009 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) April 16, 2009 - Reps. Cindy Noe (R-Indianapolis) and Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) today announced that Carmel qualifies to receive an estimated $1,563,000 grant from federal stimulus funding through the Indiana Finance Authority to complete improvements to Carmel's

Rep. Torr: House Democrats Short-Change Hoosier Taxpayers

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Start Date: 4/14/2009 All Day End Date: 4/14/2009 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE - House Democrats broke House rules to avoid voting on permanent property tax relief Tuesday evening, said Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel). As time was running down Tuesday evening for the House of Representatives to vote on permanent property tax caps, Rep. Bill Davis

Torr: Unemployment Lower in Right-to-Work States

Monday, April 6, 2009

Start Date: 4/6/2009 All Day End Date: 4/6/2009 <![CDATA[ The median unemployment rate of right-to-work states was 1.3 percent lower than that of non-right-to-work states in February 2009, according to figures derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Right-to-work states had a median unemployment rate of 6.6 percent, while the

Torr: Unemployment Lower in Right-to-Work States

Friday, April 3, 2009

Start Date: 4/3/2009 All Day End Date: 4/3/2009 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE (April 3, 2009) -The median unemployment rate of right-to-work states was 1.3 percent lower than that of non-right-to-work states in 2009, according to figures derived from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (RTW: 6.6 percent; non-RTW: 7.9 percent.) "If we had been a

Torr: Fixing Indiana's Insolvent Unemployment Trust Fund

Monday, March 30, 2009

Start Date: 3/30/2009 All Day End Date: 3/30/2009 <![CDATA[ Indiana's unemployment trust fund is more than dwindling. It's in the red. It's a problem we've been avoiding for years. The weekly maximum benefit increased every year between 1997 ($236) and 2005 ($390), but the premiums for employers didn't keep pace. With the highest

Rep. Torr Supports Expansion of Tuition Exemption for Purple Heart Recipients

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Start Date: 3/26/2009 All Day End Date: 3/26/2009 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) March 26, 2009 - 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. Torr

Rep. Torr Votes for $200 Million More in Property Tax Relief

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Start Date: 3/24/2009 All Day End Date: 3/24/2009 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2009) - Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) voted Monday to give Hoosier taxpayers more than $200 million in extra property tax relief by making the 1-, 2- and 3-percent property tax caps effective a year early. Under House Enrolled Act 1001, which became law last

Richardson and Torr Honor Families of Fallen Indiana Soldiers

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Start Date: 3/24/2009 All Day End Date: 3/24/2009 <![CDATA[ STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2009) - Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) and Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) 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

Rep. Torr Attends Rally Supporting Property Tax Caps

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Start Date: 3/10/2009 All Day End Date: 3/10/2009 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) March 10, 2009 - Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) today joined Gov. Mitch Daniels, other legislators and Indiana citizens in support of permanent property tax caps at a rally at the Statehouse. Gov. Daniels urged the legislature to pass Senate Joint Resolution 1, which

Torr: Indiana House Passes Budget

Friday, February 20, 2009

Start Date: 2/20/2009 All Day End Date: 2/20/2009 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Feb. 20, 2009 - The Indiana House of Representatives voted 52-44 Friday afternoon to pass the state budget. The vote fell along party lines, with nearly all Republicans voting 'No.' Republicans opposed the plan, saying it would harm Hoosiers by increasing taxes in a

Torr: Letter to the Editor: Right-to-Work Legislation Would Bring Jobs to Indiana -- Without Spending a Dime

Monday, January 26, 2009

Start Date: 1/26/2009 All Day End Date: 1/26/2009 <![CDATA[ With all the talk of stimulus packages to create jobs, some are balking at the cost of these measures - and rightfully so. Yet we must do something to turn the tide on increasing unemployment, especially considering the announcement from DWD that unemployment jumped a full point

Statement from Rep. Torr on State of the State

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Start Date: 1/13/2009 All Day End Date: 1/13/2009 <![CDATA[ Please include this statement from state Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) in your coverage of Gov. Mitch Daniels' State of the State address: "Gov. Daniels recognizes the challenges the legislature faces this year. However, he also has solid ideas to get Indiana through this period of

Rep. Jerry Torr Returns to the Statehouse

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

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

Rep. Torr Invites Students to Experience Lawmaking Firsthand

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Start Date: 1/7/2009 All Day End Date: 1/7/2009 <![CDATA[ (STATEHOUSE) Jan. 9, 2009 - The legislative session is here, and state Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) encourages area students to apply for the Statehouse Page Program. The Indiana House of Representatives' program allows students from across the state to experience the lawmaking

Drozda, Torr Honor St. Theodore Guerin High School

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Start Date: 2/19/2008 All Day End Date: 2/19/2008 <![CDATA[ Sen. Jeff Drozda (R-Westfield) and Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) honored St. Theodore Guerin High School yesterday in a resolution presented before the Indiana House and the Indiana Senate. The high school, located in Noblesville, was selected as one of the 2007 recipients of the

Torr: Property tax relief passes out of house

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Start Date: 1/29/2008 All Day End Date: 1/29/2008 <![CDATA[ House Bill 1001, which contains Gov. Mitch Daniels' property tax relief plan, passed out of the House last week with only one "no" vote. Twenty-seven amendments to the bill were adopted on second reading - some very good ones and some very bad ones. While there were some onerous

Torr: Sports Channel Has Hoosiers Hot Under the Collar

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Start Date: 8/2/2007 All Day End Date: 8/2/2007 <![CDATA[ As gas prices hit $3 per gallon and property taxes reach new heights, Hoosiers across the state are likely becoming keenly aware of their budgets and spending habits this summer. But college sports usually provide a welcome respite from all this stress, allowing everyone let go of

Torr: Legislative Session Draws to an End

Monday, April 30, 2007

Start Date: 4/30/2007 All Day End Date: 4/30/2007 <![CDATA[ (Statehouse) April 29, 2007- Late tonight, State Representative Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) and the Indiana General Assembly completed the 2007 legislative session. The House spent the final day of session working on the final version of the state's biennial budget. The budget spends

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Rep. Torr
Rep. Torr debates legislation on the  House floor
Rep. Torr with pages at the podium
Rep. Torr being sworn in on Org Day