Jerry Torr

Jerry Torr

Representative | District 39

Contact Information

Phone: 317-232-9677

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.

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

r39 - Redistricting bill passes House (1/21/2014)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Start Date: 1/21/2014 Start Time: 5:00 PMEnd Date: 1/21/2014 End Time: 5:00 PMSTATEHOUSE—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 House

[R39]Mass transit bill passes House (2/26/2013)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Start Date: 2/26/2013 Start Time: 8:30 AMEnd 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 surrounding counties

[r39] Rep. Torr to chair Rules Committee (11/30/2012)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Start Date: 11/30/2012 Start Time: 4:00 PMEnd 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 chairmanship and

[r39] Rep. Torr: The focus is on jobs and education (11/20/2012)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Start Date: 11/20/2012 Start Time: 4:00 PMEnd 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 a responsible

[r39] House Republicans release 2013 agenda (10/4/2012)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Start Date: 10/4/2012 Start Time: 4:00 PMEnd 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. “It is

[r39] Rep. Torr urges students to apply for House Republican internship program (9/13/2012)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Start Date: 9/13/2012 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd 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 experience as well

[r39] July 4 (7/4/2012)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Start Date: 7/4/2012 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd 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 Continental Congress

[r39] Rep. Torr congratulates high school students on AP scores (6/29/2012)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Start Date: 6/29/2012 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd 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 achieving an

[r39] Rep. Torr: Protecting Hoosiers from synthetic drugs (6/18/2012)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Start Date: 6/18/2012 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd 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 composed of

Rep. Wesco: Protecting Hoosiers from synthetic drugs (6/18/2012)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Start Date: 6/18/2012 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd 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 composed of

[r39] Rep. Torr: Indiana leads the nation in job growth (6/4/2012)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Start Date: 6/4/2012 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd 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 roughly 12

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

[r39] Rep. Torr receives Legislator of the Year Award (5/21/2012 - 5/22/2012)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Start Date: 5/21/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd 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 legislative session

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

[r39] Statement: Rep. Torr reacts to Adjournment of 2012 Session (3/10/2012)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Start Date: 3/10/2012End 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 number of issues and

[r39] Indiana: the Nation's 23rd Right to Work State (2/1/2012)

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

[R39] Right to Work Legislation Passes House (1/26/2012)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Start Date: 1/26/2012 All DayEnd 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) authored and House

[r39] House Business is Stalled (3/1/2011)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Start Date: 3/1/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/1/2011House 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 have the right to make their point

[r39] Rep. Torr Bill Passes the House (3/1/2011)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Start Date: 3/1/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/1/2011Rep. 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 consideration. House Bill

[r39] Rep. Torr Tax Credit Bill (2/6/2011)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Start Date: 2/6/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/6/2011Rep. 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 Indiana business is determined by

[r39] Rep. Torr Named Chairman of Rules Committee (1/31/2011)

Monday, January 31, 2011

Start Date: 1/31/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/31/2011Rep. 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 the House Rules and

[r39] Rep. Torr Recognizes Educational Excellence (1/14/2010)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Start Date: 1/14/2010 All DayEnd Date: 1/14/2010

[r39] Rep. Torr given Top Legislator Rating by Indiana Chamber (8/25/2009)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Start Date: 8/25/2009 All DayEnd Date: 8/25/2009 The chamber calls its analysis the "most complete and definitive publication of a legislator's voting record on business issues." To be ranked as supportive of the business agenda, a legislator must score 70 percent or higher. Rep. Torr received percentages of 97 for 2009 and 95 for the 2008-09 aggregate.

[r39] Statement on Unemployment (4/30/2009)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Start Date: 4/30/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/30/2009Unemployment 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 leaving weekly benefits untouched.

[r39] Rep. Torr: A Sad Tax Day for Hoosiers (4/16/2009)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Start Date: 4/16/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/16/2009STATEHOUSE - 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 went without Hoosier

[r39] Reps. Noe and Torr: Carmel Qualifies for Water Project Grant (4/16/2009)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Start Date: 4/16/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/16/2009 "Indiana accepted federal stimulus money with great hesitation and only with the stipulation that we would use this money toward one-time projects," said Rep. Noe. "I believe this project fulfills that requirement." "While I don't support federal stimulus spending, if we are going to use this money, we need

[r39] Rep. Torr: House Democrats Short-Change Hoosier Taxpayers (4/14/2009)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Start Date: 4/14/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/14/2009STATEHOUSE - 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 (R-Portland) offered a motion that

[r39] Column: Unemployment Lower in Right-to-Work States (4/6/2009)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Start Date: 4/6/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/6/2009The 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 median unemployment rate for

[r39] Unemployment Lower in Right-to-Work States (4/3/2009)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Start Date: 4/3/2009 All DayEnd Date: 4/3/2009The 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 right-to-work state, 32,000 more unemployed Hoosiers would

[r39] Fixing Indiana's Insolvent Unemployment Trust Fund (3/30/2009)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Start Date: 3/30/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/30/2009 The House majority caucus moved nothing forward, ignoring House Republican suggestions and withdrawing legislation before a vote could be cast. The Senate passed a bill that attempts to solve the problem by adjusting weekly benefits, increasing premiums on businesses and addressing the problems of fraud and

[r39] Rep. Torr Supports Expansion of Tuition Exemption for Purple Heart Recipients (3/26/2009)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Start Date: 3/26/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/26/2009 Rep. Torr (R-Carmel) co-sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives. Last year, the Indiana General Assembly created a law allowing Purple Heart recipients who served on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, to apply for the tuition and fee exemption. Senate Bill 39 will expand those eligible for the

[r39] Rep. Torr Votes for $200 Million More in Property Tax Relief (3/24/2009)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Start Date: 3/24/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/24/2009STATEHOUSE (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 year, those caps were scheduled to

[r39] Richardson and Torr Honor Families of Fallen Indiana Soldiers (3/24/2009)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Start Date: 3/24/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/24/2009STATEHOUSE (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 terrorism. In a resolution,

[r39] Rep. Torr Attends Rally Supporting Property Tax Caps (3/10/2009)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Start Date: 3/10/2009 All DayEnd Date: 3/10/2009(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 would make the current caps

[r39] Indiana House Passes Budget (2/20/2009)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Start Date: 2/20/2009 All DayEnd Date: 2/20/2009(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 recession. The proposed budget

[r39] Letter to the Editor: Right-to-Work Legislation Would Bring Jobs to Indiana -- Without Spending a Dime (1/26/2009)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Start Date: 1/26/2009 All DayEnd Date: 1/26/2009With 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 from November to December,

[r39] Statement from Rep. Torr on State of the State (1/13/2009)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Start Date: 1/13/2009 All DayEnd Date: 1/13/2009

[r39] Rep. Jerry Torr Returns to the Statehouse (1/7/2009)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Start Date: 1/7/2009 All DayEnd Date: 1/7/2009(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 high-quality services to Hoosier

[r39] Rep. Torr Invites Students to Experience Lawmaking Firsthand (1/7/2009)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Start Date: 1/7/2009 All DayEnd Date: 1/7/2009 The Indiana House of Representatives' program allows students from across the state to experience the lawmaking process firsthand. Participating Hoosier students are able to observe and join Statehouse activity as a legislative page for the day. Pages will be given a tour of the Capitol, including the

[r39] Drozda, Torr Honor St. Theodore Guerin High School (2/19/2008)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Start Date: 2/19/2008 All DayEnd Date: 2/19/2008

[r39] Property tax relief passes out of house (1/29/2008)

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Start Date: 1/29/2008 All DayEnd Date: 1/29/2008 Under the original bill, all homestead property taxes (the taxes on your primary residence) would have been cut by a statewide average of 35 percent. The bill also places a cap on homestead property taxes of 1 percent of the assessed value. (For instance, the property taxes on a $100,000 home could never be

[r39] Sports Channel Has Hoosiers Hot Under the Collar (8/2/2007)

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Start Date: 8/2/2007 All DayEnd Date: 8/2/2007As 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 their problems and cheer

[r39] Legislative Session Draws to an End (4/30/2007)

Monday, April 30, 2007

Start Date: 4/30/2007 All DayEnd Date: 4/30/2007 The most immediately crucial issue to be addressed before today's adjournment was property tax relief. Legislators have studied the upcoming property tax cycle and discovered that trending values, reduced replacement credits, increased local property investment, and the final stage of the inventory tax

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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