Jim Lucas

Jim Lucas

Representative | District 69

Contact Information

Phone: 317-234-9499

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h69@iga.in.gov

Press Contact

Devan Strebing

Phone: 317-232-9705

Email: devan.strebing@iga.in.gov

2016 Digest of Enactments

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your representative here at the Statehouse. I appreciate you taking the time to visit my website. Hopefully this site will be a valuable resource of information for all residents of House District 69.

Your input is very important to me. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me either by phone or email. I will serve our community with openness transparency, and communicating your thoughts with me will help me better represent your voice in the legislature.

Sincerely,

Jim Lucas
State Representative
House District 69

Indiana House of Representatives: 2012-present

House District 69: Covering portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties

Committees:

Government and Regulatory Reform (Vice Chair)
Education
Public Policy

Statehouse Phone Number: 317-234-9499

State Representative Jim Lucas is a proud Seymour resident where he lives with his wife Lynn. He is a father of three children, Suzanne, Jack and Maddie.

Prior to being elected to the General Assembly, Rep. Lucas served on the Seymour City Council. He also owns a local small business, The Awning Guy, Inc. Rep. Lucas is active in the community. He is a member of the American Legion, the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America.

As a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a small business owner, Rep. Lucas brings valuable experience to policy discussions. His biggest priorities at the Statehouse are jobs, fiscal integrity, education and protecting the right to bear arms.

House District 69 is composed of portions of Bartholomew, Jennings, Jackson and Jefferson counties in Southeast Indiana.

Lucas: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, August 26, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 24, 2016) — Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Lucas: Local farms honored at the Indiana State Fair

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Monday, August 15, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 15, 2016) — Six local farms were recognized on Friday with Hoosier Homestead awards for 100 years or more of family farm ownership, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Lucas to serve on Public Policy summer study committee

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, June 24, 2016

STATEHOUSE (June 24, 2016) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) will be serving on the Interim Study Committee on Public Policy.

Lucas earns top score from Indiana Chamber

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, May 17, 2016

STATEHOUSE (May 17, 2016) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) earned 98 percent on the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Vote Analysis for his support of pro-economy, pro-jobs legislation.

Rep. Lucas: That's a wrap

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, March 18, 2016

The 2016 legislative session came to a close last week, and legislators worked together to make significant progress on important issues facing Indiana.

House Republicans set out with priorities focused on supporting educators and schools and funding Indiana’s infrastructure needs.

Lucas statement on local tragedy

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, March 10, 2016

Note to the press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) in your coverage of today’s news of the shooting at Cummins Seymour Technical Center: STATEHOUSE (March 10, 2016) — “A horrible tragedy has occurred in our community this morning and we keep those affected by this in our thoughts and prayers.

Rep. Lucas: Jackson County student gaining experience with the legislature

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Monday, February 22, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 22, 2016) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) welcomes Seymour resident, Samantha Shell, to the Statehouse where she is interning with the House of Representatives during the 2016 legislative session.

Rep. Lucas: 2016 Session Legislative Update

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, February 19, 2016

The 2016 legislative session recently passed the halfway mark. Legislators in the House of Representatives approved 116 proposals, sending them to the Indiana Senate for consideration, while legislators in the Indiana Senate approved and sent 150 bills to the House for consideration. Main topics from session include supporting education, funding roads and curbing illegal drugs.

Rep. Lucas welcomes student pages to the Statehouse

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, February 5, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2016) – State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) recently welcomed the following student pages to the Statehouse:

Pre-K grants

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dear Friend, If you or someone you know is a Jackson County resident who is also preparing to send their child to prekindergarten, consider applying for an On My Way Pre-K grant. Applications for the need-based grants provided by the state must be submitted before March 25, 2016. In addition to Jackson County, residents in Allen, Lake, Marion and

Protecting our constitutional rights

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, January 15, 2016

The 2016 session is in full swing at the Indiana Statehouse and it has already been a very productive two weeks in the House of Representatives. Policymakers are examining numerous important issues including meeting the state’s road infrastructure needs, supporting education, curbing illegal drug use and protecting our gun rights. House Republicans

Statement: Rep. Lucas comments on Boys and Girls Club partnership

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Note to the press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) in your coverage of Organization Day 2015 at the Indiana Statehouse. “This session I look forward to joining lawmakers to tackle issues including education, transportation and individual rights,” State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) said. “I

Rep. Lucas: Educating our Hoosiers

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, October 29, 2015

Dear friend, As school officials still await the results of last spring’s ISTEP, Gov. Mike Pence recently announced he is working with the General Assembly to make sure the predicted decline in test scores — due to the adoption of new and higher standards — does not unfairly impact teacher evaluations and performance bonuses this year.

Rep. Lucas applauds 2015 session as a victory for taxpayers

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, April 29, 2015

STATEHOUSE- “The 2015 legislative session was another victory for Hoosier taxpayers. With an unwavering commitment to fiscal integrity, we passed another honestly balanced budget without increasing taxes. By always remembering that the state’s financial resources represent hard-earned taxpayer money, we were careful to protect our AAA credit

Your government at work

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The second half of the legislative session is officially underway. Although 650 plus bills were filed this year, only 174 passed out of the House and were sent to the Senate for further consideration. As we begin reviewing legislation from the Senate, with much more work still ahead of us, I believe it is important to keep you informed about the legislative

Rep. Lucas commends first responders, extends prayers for resilience

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, November 25, 2014

STATEHOUSE – “My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families in North Vernon, whose homes and businesses were affected by the recent fires. Although the devastation cannot be overstated, I want to commend the brave responders, from North Vernon as well as several surrounding counties, who rushed to the scene to extinguish the fires and keep

Rep. Lucas appointed Vice Chairman of Government and Regulatory Reform Committee

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Friday, November 21, 2014

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) was appointed to serve as Vice Chairman of the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee by House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis). The Speaker of the House appoints committee chairmen biennially, following each election of the General Assembly. “I consider it a great privilege to

[r69] Organization Day charity seeks end to domestic violence

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, November 18, 2014

STATEHOUSE – On Organization Day, State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) joined House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), legislators, staff and other state office holders in donating linens, gift cards and various supplies to the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) at the Statehouse. “The battle against domestic violence

[r69] Rep. Lucas responds to preschool pilot program announcement

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

STATEHOUSE — “I am pleased that Jackson County has been selected for the preschool pilot program. Preschool gives children the opportunity to develop vital skills, particularly reading, at an early age. These skills will benefit the child the rest of his or her life. “In its early stages, this pilot program is limited to only five

[r69] Hoosier Homestead Awards recognize rich agricultural heritage

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Friday, March 28, 2014

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) congratulates the Kruse and Tape farms, both of Jackson County, for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Ted McKinney at the Indiana Statehouse on Thursday. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with

[r69] Giving locals more tools to attract businesses

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

STATEHOUSE - As a firm believer in limited government, I hold strongly to the notion that getting government off the backs of businesses is the surest way for the private sector to flourish and create more jobs. In recent years, the General Assembly has improved Indiana’s business climate by lowering the corporate income tax. While that has made

[r69] Athletic participation bill passes the House

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

STATEHOUSE —House Bill (HB) 1047, authored by State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour), passed out of the House Monday with a 51 to 44 vote. The measure deals with virtual charter school students participating in high school athletics. “It is important that we give virtual charter students the same opportunity to participate in athletics that

[r69] Rep. Lucas responds to State of the State address

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, January 14, 2014

STATEHOUSE - “I enjoyed hearing Governor Pence outline his legislative priorities this evening. His conservative approach to economic issues is crucial to Indiana’s continued status as the fiscal envy of the Midwest.” “As a small business owner, I truly appreciate the Governor’s commitment to helping create an environment

[r69] Organization Day charity drive focuses on giving back

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, November 19, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) joined House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), legislators, staff and other state office holders in donating sporting equipment and other items to Special Olympics of Indiana today at the Statehouse. “Special Olympics Indiana is honored to be chosen by Speaker Bosma for Organization

[r69] Honoring True American Heroes

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Monday, November 11, 2013

STAETHOUSE - Today, we find ourselves in a place of solemn commemoration. Veterans Day is about remembering and honoring anyone who has answered freedom's call to defend our great republic. Without the sacrifice of countless heroes, America could not continue to be the city on a hill and the last bastion of freedom. Yesterday, November 10th, was the 238th

[r69] Rep. Lucas meets with Chinese delegation

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) met yesterday with delegation members representing the Zhejiang Province’s Foreign Affairs Department. The Zhejiang Province, home to more than 54 million people, has been Indiana’s sister state in China since 1987. Their province has expressed a commitment to continue commercial

[r69] Local Fire Departments receive Homeland Security grant funding

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, October 9, 2013

STATEHOUSE - Recently, the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation (IHSF) awarded nearly $374,000 in grant funding to local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency medical services across the state. Local departments can receive up to $4000 to help fund additional training or to purchase new equipment. We were fortunate that two departments

[r69] Celebrating Constitution Day

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

STATEHOUSE - On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed one of the most influential documents in the history of the world – the United States Constitution. This document established the framework of our government and the rights and freedoms we enjoy today. The Constitution is one of the world’s oldest surviving constitutions and

[r69] Remembering 9/11/2001

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, September 11, 2013

STATEHOUSE - It has been 12 years since the terrorist attacks took place on 9/11, a fateful day that changed our nation forever. We will always remember our nation’s heroes and their sacrifices on that day. It is not uncommon to hear stories from our family, friends and coworkers retelling the details of where they were and what they were doing the

[r69] Rep. Lucas congratulates local families on longstanding farms

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Friday, August 9, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) congratulates William Holmes Thompson from Jackson County and the Phillips family from Jennings County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana State Fair this week. The Hoosier Homestead Award

[r69] Independence Day, more than fireworks

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Thursday, July 4, 2013

STATEHOUSE – The 4th of July is a time to celebrate what the United States of America is for each one of us. Our country was born out of the desire to create a government that works for the freedom of its citizens, providing all with the ability to choose their own path. Our nation began the fight for freedom on July 4, 1776, and we have not stopped

[r69] Rep. Lucas appointed to education and military summer study committees

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Monday, June 24, 2013

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) has been appointed to serve on the Commission on Education, the Interim Study Committee on Common Core Educational Standards and the Military Base Planning Council. “Following my first legislative session, I am honored to be selected to three important committees” said Rep. Lucas.

[r69] Rep. Lucas: HEA 1338 aims for higher education

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, June 5, 2013

STATEHOUSE – Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) joined Governor Mike Pence yesterday for a ceremonial signing of House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1338, a measure that will raise the standards and accountability for charter schools in Indiana. Rep. Lucas co-authored the legislation. “We are always aiming for higher education standards. This legislation ensures

[r69] Rep. Lucas: Session successfully concludes

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, April 30, 2013

STATEHOUSE — The 2013 legislative session has come to a finish. State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) is pleased to see three of his top priority bills become law this session: Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 1, SEA 32 and SEA 403. SEA 1 establishes the Indiana Secured School Fund to provide matching grants to public schools to employ school safety

[r69] Exegistics receives high-status WorkOne Achievement Award

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, April 16, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) congratulates Exegistics, from North Vernon for receiving the WorkOne Achievement Award. In a ceremony today, 12 Hoosier companies and 12 individuals were recognized for their commitment to job creation as well as utilizing WorkOne’s available resources for exceptional career development

[r69] Hoosier farmers recognized for achievements

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Monday, March 25, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) congratulates the Padgett-Addelman Farm from Jennings County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana Statehouse. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that

[r69] Tax relief for farmers signed into law

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, February 27, 2013

STATEHOUSE — Legislation co-sponsored by State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) 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. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 319 was fast‐tracked through the House in order to prevent an estimated tax increase

[r69] House Budget puts a premium on fiscal integrity

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, February 20, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) supports the conservative principles that went into drafting the House Budget (HB 1001). “The House Budget puts a premium on fiscal integrity,” said Rep. Lucas. “Our prudent conservative approach to maintaining healthy reserves will protect taxpayers in the possibility of

[r69] Property tax bill gets fast-tracked through the House

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Monday, February 18, 2013

STATEHOUSE — Senate Bill (SB) 319, sponsored by State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and cosponsored by State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour), passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Monday with a unanimous vote. SB 319 is the first piece of legislation to pass both houses in the 2013 legislative session. SB 319 addresses the

[r69] Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Monday, January 28, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and 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 cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, last year 35,000 Hoosiers heard the words “you have cancer,”

[r69] House Page Program now accepting pages for 2013 session

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Thursday, January 17, 2013

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) encourages local students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. The program offers students ages 13 to 18 the chance to visit the Statehouse and see a full day of legislative activity. “Any student that is interested in learning about the legislative process and being a part of a

[REP CAUCUS] 69 Republicans Ready to Serve (11/7/2012)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Start Date: 11/7/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/7/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE - Members of the Indiana House Republican Caucus convened today to organize and elect their leaders for the upcoming legislative session. The caucus re-elected the leadership team of Representative Brian Bosma as Speaker (R-Indianapolis), Representative Bill Friend
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