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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, R. Bacon Enterprises, Inc. in Boonville, 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 48 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.
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.