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House District 75
Indiana House of Representatives: 2010 - Present
House District 75: Portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties
Address: 200 West Washington Street, Suite 401, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Direct Line: 317-232-9833
Occupation: Respiratory Therapist; Owner, Bacon Properties LLC, Chandler, IN
Graduated from Deaconess Hospital School of Respiratory Therapy
Graduated from Mater Dei High School
State Representative Ron Bacon was first elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2010. He currently represents District 75, which covers parts of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties. He is an advocate for fiscal integrity through a balanced state budge, meaningful tax reform, increased economic development and family values.
Rep. Bacon has been highly involved in his community. He served as chairman of the St. Mary’s Warrick Hospital Foundation for six years, and he is a current director of the Warrick County Chamber of Commerce and a member and past president of the Boonville Kiwanis club. Rep. Bacon is a member of the National Rifle Association, Right to Life of Southwestern Indiana, Indiana Right to Life, and he attends the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Daylight, IN.
Rep. Bacon and his wife Karen have been married for 49 years and have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. He and Karen reside in Northwest Warrick County.
House District 75 is comprised large portions of Warrick, Spencer and Pike counties in southern Indiana.
I recently had the privilege to visit some of our local high schools to educate students on the importance of not drinking. I was joined by other community officials and Charles Brown, the father of Logan Brown who died in a crash involving a drunken driver. There were three topics covered including alcohol safety, not getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and Indiana’s alcohol laws.
STATEHOUSE (May 3, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) is reaching out to the governor’s office, asking the executive branch to declare portions of Southwest Indiana a disaster area due to flooding caused by near record rainfall.
This legislative session, lawmakers worked to pass new laws improving Hoosier roads, supporting education and funding state operations for the next two years. Over the past four months, we worked together to find solutions to these important issues and ways to improve our state.
Every year, lawmakers make changes to Indiana’s alcohol laws, and this year was not an exception. A bill being considered as a new law will impact businesses and tourist attractions in our area.
STATEHOUSE (April 21, 2017) — State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse. As a House page, these participants toured government offices, helped staff with daily duties and joined Bacon on the House floor during the legislative session:
STATEHOUSE (April 18, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) recently recognized the Castle High School archery team at the Statehouse for placing first at the National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament.
STATEHOUSE (April 17, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) bill preventing sex trafficking in massage parlors could soon be law.
As the legislative session begins to wrap up, several bills have been signed into law by the governor. A number of bills I authored are still moving through the process and could soon become law, including a proposal addressing some abortion matters.
STATEHOUSE (April 12, 2017) – The Midwestern Legislative Conference Health and Human Services Committee names State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) as its newest member.
STATEHOUSE (April 10, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) bill streamlining emergency responses could soon be law.
STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2017) — State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) and State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) today honored a locally owned family farm for being in operation for more than 150 years.
Electricity is used every day, when we turn on the lights, control the climate in our homes and cook meals. Society thrives on using energy and the younger generations will never know what it was like to live without all of our modern conveniences.
Bacon will be available to visit with constituents, gather input and provide an update regarding the 2017 legislative session. He encourages all members of the community to participate in the discussion.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Those individuals account for 15 percent of all crimes in Indiana. To curb domestic violence, I am calling for establishing a team of professionals to study deaths or serious injuries resulting from these situations.
As vice chair of the House Committee on Public Health, we recently set aside a day to hear proposals to combat Indiana’s opioid crisis. There were more than 1,200 drug-related Hoosier deaths in 2015, with heroin and opioids noted as the leading causes.
STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2017) — State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) Tuesday at the Statehouse recognized the town of Stedal as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Roughly 30,000 Hoosiers suffer from Crohn’s disease. This chronic inflammatory bowel disease can cause abdominal pain and frequent diarrhea, which is why I’m sponsoring a bill for a new law that would help Crohn’s patients by requiring businesses to open up their bathrooms to those suffering from this disease.
The General Assembly is at the halfway point of the 2017 legislative session. The House will now be considering Senate bills, and vice versa. At this point, I am sponsoring three Senate bills, which means I am the one presenting each bill to fellow House members in hopes that the bill will be passed into law.
Each year before the start of the legislative session, surveys are mailed to households throughout our community. Responses help guide me as I vote on important issues facing the state.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 27, 2017) – The House of Representatives today voted 75-19 in support of State Rep. Ron Bacon’s (R-Chandler) bill that would help prevent sex trafficking in massage parlors around the state.
A long-debated topic at both state and federal levels that often flies under the radar is how many crew members should be required to operate a train. I authored a piece of legislation that would establish a minimum crew size of two to operate freight trains in Indiana.
Bacon will be available to visit with constituents, gather input and provide an update regarding the 2017 legislative session. He encourages all members of the community to participate in the discussion. Coffee and donuts will be provided.
As a softball coach for 27 years and a father of children who participated in athletics, I know that safety always comes first. Sports should be fun, but in order to maintain that fun, safety must be put before anything else – including winning. To help prevent athletes in Indiana from experiencing heat exhaustion, strokes or even death, I am authoring legislation that would require all coaching staff members to complete a heat preparedness training course.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) today at the Statehouse honored Deaconess Health System recognizing its dedication to Hoosier health and wellness over the past 125 years
In the morning when you turn on the facet to brush your teeth, do you think of where that water is coming from? Probably not, but it is an important issue, especially for communities along state borders. Recently, the House Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation, which I serve on, heard a proposal for a new law that would create an expert body to study the ownership rights of the groundwater and aquifers around and beneath the Ohio River.
Local lawmakers will be available to visit with constituents, gather input and provide an update regarding the 2017 legislative session. They encourage all members of the community to participate in the discussion.
Local lawmakers will be available to visit with constituents, gather input and provide an update regarding the 2017 legislative session. They encourage all members of the community to participate in the discussion.
In 2014, the General Assembly established a pre-K pilot program serving approximately 2,300 low-income 4-year-olds in Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties. This is a five-year program, and we are currently in the second year. Research shows that children who have access to high-quality programs like On My Way Pre-K are less likely to be incarcerated, have higher graduation rates and improved wage earning potential. This session, lawmakers are working to expand the pilot program.
As a user of Hoosier roadways, I know our state needs a long-term investment plan to maintain and improve our roads. One of my goals this session is to support a sustainable and comprehensive funding solution that will keep Indiana’s infrastructure functioning for years to come.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 24, 2017) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) honored local gold medalist, Lilly King, today at the Statehouse.
Cases of students contracting meningococcal disease, also known as meningitis, have been confirmed at multiple universities in Indiana. With two universities in our area, I want to increase awareness about this infectious disease and highlight legislation that I have authored that if passed into law, would require university students in Indiana to get the immunization for meningitis.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 17, 2017) – Indiana State Police statistics indicate a 35 percent decline in statewide methamphetamine lab seizures during 2016, according to State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler).
Many of our local communities have raised concerns about the lack of mowing along our highways due to how tall the roadside vegetation can get in the warmer months. I have taken this input to heart, and based on the Indiana Department of Transportation’s current mowing policies, have proposed legislation to make Indiana’s highways safer.
Recently in Indiana, six massage parlors were raided by police and 12 women were taken into custody after being victims of a sex trafficking ring. If the criminals who were breaking the law while operating under the guise of a legitimate business had been required to obtain a license, perhaps this situation could have been prevented.
As a legislator, I face some tough decisions when it comes to creating and voting on new laws for our state. I consistently stand strong in protecting the unborn and supporting pro-life proposals brought before lawmakers.
NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) in your coverage of the Evansville Regional Airport receiving Regional Cities funding to make renovations.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 16, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) has been appointed to serve as vice chair of the House Committee on Public Health.
Christmas traditions and celebrating the New Year gives us something to look forward to in the dreary winter months.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 14, 2016) – “Every school in Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties received a C or better after transitioning to a new, more difficult ISTEP test and more rigorous standards,” State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) said. “This goes to show that our teachers and administrators are doing an outstanding job instructing our students.
As vice chair of the House Committee on Public Health, I can use my experience as a healthcare professional to help vet legislation to ensure it benefits our state. While topics may vary in this committee, our main focus is the health and safety of Hoosiers.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 8, 2016) – The deadline to apply for the Next Generation Teacher Scholarship, paying $7,500 per year for students pursuing a career in education, is Dec. 31, according to State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler).
On Tuesday, I met with fellow legislators at the Statehouse in Indianapolis for Organization Day to kick off the 2017 legislative session. Organization Day occurs annually in November. On this day, we gather together to meet Indiana’s newly elected lawmakers and prepare for the upcoming legislative session. I was also sworn into my role as your state representative, as this day marks the first official meeting of the 120th General Assembly. This session, I want to focus on a long-term funding solution for our roads and supporting a balanced state budget. A personal goal of mine, is to work to increase the safety of young ATV users.
Today, we honor all military veterans who have bravely protected our nation. In my book, every day is Veterans Day. My father and two brothers served our country in the armed forces, so I understand the sacrifices and commitment made by our military members and their loved ones. Indiana is home to 500,000 veterans, all who deserve our help and support.
In 2014, Indiana had slightly over 28 percent of its eligible voters cast their ballot. Sadly, the Hoosier state had the lowest voter turnout in the nation. We can change this statistic this year by everyone aged 18 and older exercising their right to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8. A higher turnout makes our democracy more representative of what we want out of our government.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 20, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) and State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) recently joined Brainpower on Legislative Day to focus on shrinking the skills gap.
Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. The turning of the leaves and cool chill in the air mean that the fall festival season is here. These festivals bring back friends and family to their childhood homes, serving as a homecoming and a way to give back to our local organizations. It’s easy to have fun while giving to a good cause to help keep our communities thriving.
The Indiana House of Representatives offers full-time, paid internships to those looking to gain a hands-on work experience. This internship program is a unique opportunity open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, law-school students and recent college graduates.
After hearing many concerns from local communities about the lack of mowing along our highways, I looked into the Indiana Department of Transportation’s mowing policies and discovered changes that could be made to improve the system. Indiana is known as the Crossroads of America. But at times we look like the backroads of America, which is why we should focus more on keeping our roadsides better maintained.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 24, 2016) – Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler).
Kicking off a new school year also means the start to the fall sports season. As a softball coach for 27 years and a father of children who participated in athletics, I know that safety always comes first. Sports should be fun, but in order to maintain that fun, safety must be put before anything else, including winning.
Every year, nearly 125,000 dogs and cats are taken in by animal shelters in Indiana, and nearly 40 percent of these homeless animals are euthanized. This alarming number, provided by the Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana, can be reduced through sterilization.
Since the 1960s, scientists and doctors have studied the health hazards of smoking and found it causes lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and coronary heart disease. Working as a respiratory therapist for 50 years, I have personally seen the damaging health effects on those who smoke. More people are becoming aware of the dangers of this habit, and are turning to patches, gums and pills to help wean themselves off of highly addictive nicotine. A fairly new alternative to smoking – electronic cigarettes, also called vaping – is growing in popularity. As a respiratory therapist, I do not like e-cigarettes because of their dangerous effects on the body. As a lawmaker, I have to strike a balance between what I know about the health hazards of e-cigarettes with protecting the individual rights of Hoosiers.
Recently a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against parts of an Indiana law before it went into effect at the beginning of this month. The portion of the law in question protected unborn children from abortions based solely on discrimination, such as having been diagnosed with a disability or identified as a certain gender. Another element of the law that was suspended required the remains of aborted or miscarried children at medical facilities be handled with dignity, such as burial or cremation.
No parent is ever prepared for the death of a child. One local mother thinks it is time to take action to make sure loved ones no longer receive dreaded phone calls like the one she answered on July 26, 2015, saying her daughter Kate had been killed in an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) crash. As a father and state representative, I am looking into what more can be done to keep young Hoosiers safe while riding ATVs.
STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) will be serving on the Medicaid Advisory Committee.
Gender identity and the use of school bathrooms and locker rooms is a major topic of discussion across the nation, from newspaper headlines, to debates in school board meetings and mandates from the federal government.
Over the years, 42 million American men and women have served our country in the time of war, according to the Memorial Day Foundation. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of those Americans have sacrificed their lives while protecting our freedoms. Many of our communities held services on Memorial Day in honor of those who paid the ultimate price. I hope that every Hoosier was able to take a moment to remember the true meaning of this holiday: to honor our service members who gave their last full measure of devotion to our country.
This deer hunting season, Hoosiers will have a wide-variety of rifles they can begin using. Under a new law passed this year, additional cartridges and calibers will be allowed on private land during the firearms season.
Working in the medical industry since 1967 and living in the southwest region of Indiana all my life, I’ve witnessed firsthand the advancements in health-care services and improvements to medical facilities in our area.
As a lawmaker, it is my job and top priority to meet the needs of the communities I serve. The legislative process first starts with conversations with you at places like the grocery store, county fair, town hall meetings, or phone calls and emails made to my office. This process is how one bill recently became a law after some local schools approached policymakers regarding issues with their health care.
STATEHOUSE (April 5, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) today joined Gov. Mike Pence and other local officials at the Signature School’s Robert L. Koch II Science Center in Evansville where Indiana’s new measure providing funding for state and local roads was signed into law.
Unfortunately, Indiana has led the nation in meth lab seizures for three consecutive years, with more than 1,500 incidents in 2015 alone.
As a pro-life supporter and policymaker, this legislative session I co-authored a measure establishing a system for proper disposal of fetal remains by facilities that receive the remains – either from miscarriages or abortions – while also making it illegal to transport aborted fetuses into or out of Indiana.
STATEHOUSE (March 16, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) announced two bridges in Warrick County are set to be repaired in a $3.4 million bridge renovation project through the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).
STATEHOUSE (March 16, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) congratulates the Castle High School band on being chosen to march in the 60th annual Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade.
STATEHOUSE (March 16, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) recently welcomed the following student page to the Statehouse:
This year’s legislative session has come to a close, and one of the most significant pieces of legislation enacted into law will have a major impact on the lives of Hoosiers with disabilities by establishing a state ABLE program.
STATEHOUSE (March 9, 2016) – The Indiana Academy of Nutrition (IAND) presented State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) its Food and Policy Award in recognition of his leadership on nutrition-related issues in the General Assembly.
This session, I co-authored a bill protecting homeowners living outside city or town limits from mandatory sewage tap-ins.
Underground mines have been in use in Indiana since the early 1800s. Communities revolved around these mines, which provided economic opportunities. As technology progressed, and mines were no longer depended upon as heavily as they once were, the mines were left to erode and weaken over time. Because these mines were never surveyed, it is impossible to determine their exact locations, and mine collapses are possible.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 25, 2016) – A senate panel approved a bill co-authored by State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) that would require fetal remains to be cremated, interred, or both.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 24, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) this week at the Statehouse honored the South Spencer High School boys baseball team for securing their fourth Class 2A championship title.
During the fast-paced legislative session, I believe it is important to dedicate time to recognizing our veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect our country.
STATEHOUSE (Feb 15, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) recently welcomed the following student page to the Statehouse:
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) recently welcomed the following student page to the Statehouse:
Session is halfway complete, and legislators have been pulling some long nights in order to consider all of the possible ways to improve our Hoosier state. In order to stay alive and advance to the Senate, every one of our bills had to pass the House by the end of the day on Feb. 2. The House moved 116 pieces of legislation to the Senate for consideration.
Working as a coroner for six years and involved in the healthcare system since 1967, I understand the struggle and inconvenience that coroners and healthcare staff face when it comes to current death certificate laws in our state.
Bacon will be available to visit with constituents, gather input and provide an update regarding the 2016 legislative session.
Rep. Bacon to host town hall
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 19, 2016) – State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) paired his sneakers with his suit today at the Statehouse to help raise cancer awareness.
With the first two weeks of legislative session under my belt, I have a full plate of topics and proposals to discuss with fellow lawmakers. One of the main courses being dished out within the House is road funding.
Christmas is such a blessing. I got to enjoy time with my family and reflected upon accomplishments throughout the past year. This year was even more special, as it was the first holiday I was not on-call. I officially retired from the healthcare business this year. This means I have more time to focus on my grandchildren and the joy they bring to our family.
I am proud to announce the House Page Program is now accepting applications for the 2016 legislative session. This is a unique educational experience, and I would encourage our local students to apply.
The holiday season along with preparations for the upcoming session make for a busy month. Adding to this eventful time, December also marks Indiana’s birthday, known as Statehood Day.
When high school graduation approaches, the question of whether to pursue further education lingers in the minds of many students. Throughout this booklet are addresses, phone numbers and websites which may be very helpful in a student’s search for the right school.Download
Learn how laws are made in Indiana and where to find important resources like committee calendars, bill proposals and legislative archives.Download
This guide contains information on state and federal assistance programs for senior citizens, as well as tax deduction information, identity theft protection and other helpful resources.Download
This guide contains information on state and federal programs available for our veterans, along with additional information pertaining to legacy and honor.Download
This booklet gives an overview of Indiana's state agencies and includes contact information.Download
Did you know that Indiana is the 15th largest state? We are also the second largest producer of popcorn in the country. Indiana has a rich, fascinating history, and this guide contains fun facts and other interesting items related to our Hoosier heritage.Download
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Color your way through Indiana government in this exciting coloring book!Download