Thomas Washburne

Thomas Washburne

Representative | District 64

Contact Information

Phone: 317-232-9863

Phone: 1-800-382-9841


Press Contact

Brenda Holmes

Phone: 317-232-9693


2016 Digest of Enactments

I am honored to represent House District 64 as a part of the 119th General Assembly. It is my goal to represent the concerns and ideas that are important to our community. Please feel free to share your thoughts with me. It is imperative that we work together to help Indiana remain on the current path of fiscal integrity and economic growth.

If you are interested in receiving information about issues in the state government affecting our community or want to learn more information about what I am currently working on, please do not hesitate to email me at I encourage you to sign up for our email newsletter list which will enable you to receive communication providing details on the major issues for session. I look forward to helping answer any questions you may have about state government and this year’s legislative session.

Please feel free to contact me regarding any questions, thoughts or concerns.


Thomas Washburne

State Representative

House District 64

Indiana House of Representatives:  2012-Present

House District 64:  Gibson County and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties

House Standing Committees:

  • Courts and Criminal Code (Chair)
  • Judiciary 
  • Financial Institutions

Interim Study Committees:

  • Corrections and Criminal Code (Vice Chair)
  • Courts and the Judiciary
  • Code Revision Commission

Address:  200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Telephone:  317-234-2993

Education:  B.S. in Engineering, Purdue University, J.D. Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Occupation:  Old National Bancorp of Evansville

State Representative Tom Washburne is no stranger to his district, having lived in its northern, central and southern sections at different points in his life. As a graduate of Princeton Community High School and a member of several local organizations, Rep. Washburne is involved and invested in his community.

After Rep. Washburne earned an engineering degree from Purdue, he married his wife Lynne and taught electronics at Vincennes University before heading off to law school at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.  Upon completing a federal judicial clerkship in Indianapolis, Rep. Washburne and his family returned to Vincennes, where he practiced law in the Hart Bell law firm.

In 1995, Rep. Washburne joined the Washington DC, staff of Indiana Congressman John Hostettler, eventually becoming Chief of Staff. In 2001, he left Capitol Hill and joined the staff of the Home School Legal Defense Association, where he defended the rights of parents to educate their children at home if they chose to do so.  He later served as Indiana Congressman Mike Sodrel's Chief of Staff and on the staff of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan.  In 2007, Rep. Washburne accepted a position with Old National Bancorp in Evansville, and settled his family near Darmstadt in northern Vanderburgh County.

Rep. Washburne and Lynne have been married for 28 years and have five children.  He is active with a church planting effort of the Presbyterian Church in America. Rep. Washburne is an Eagle Scout and leader with Boy Scout Troop 393 in St. Wendel, Indiana.  In his spare time, he enjoys raising sheep and chickens. He is admitted to practice law in Indiana and Michigan.

House District 64 includes all of Gibson County and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties in south western Indiana.

Those pesky constitutions

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, September 22, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 22, 2016 Recently, I had the pleasure of guest lecturing senior government classes at Princeton Community High School. When it came time for Q&A, there were several interesting ideas raised that seemed to have some

Washburne receives Champion of Justice award

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, September 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 15, 2016 STATEHOUSE (Sept. 15, 2016) — The Indiana Judges Association presented State Rep. Tom Washburne (R-Darmstadt) with the 2016 Champion of Justice Award today for his work at the organization’s annual

Taking a look at multilingual politics

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, August 25, 2016

English is the language of government in the United States, right? Yes, but knowing English does not really make you truly fluent in the language of government. You must also speak certain dialects. Dialects? What on earth are you talking about? What I am trying to say is that if you want to communicate effectively about concepts in government, it really

Washburne: Local farms honored at the Indiana State Fair

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, August 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 12, 2016 STATEHOUSE (Aug. 12, 2016) — Three Gibson County farms were recognized on Friday with Hoosier Homestead awards for 150 year of family farm ownership, according to State Rep. Tom Washburne (R-Darmstadt).

The right ideas

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, July 29, 2016

This Fourth of July, I watched part of the Public Broadcasting Service’, “A Capitol Fourth.” This live TV program aired from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol was, for the most part, a pretty good show. But one matter stuck out as very odd to me. At the start of the show, the host elegantly described the vast diversity of the United

Too much information

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Recently, a good Christian friend of mine flippantly said to me, “The human soul was not made to bear the sins of the world on a daily basis.” While not a lot of thought had gone into the comment at the time, in hindsight, I think his statement is rather profound. Think about it, for thousands of years the only news bombarding people on a daily

Washburne to chair Corrections summer study committee

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, June 23, 2016

STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2016) — State Rep. Tom Washburne (R-Evansville) has been appointed to be chairman of the General Assembly’s Interim Study Committee on Corrections and Criminal Code and as a member of two other commissions and one other interim study committee. In preparation for the 2017 legislative session, which begins in January,

Washburne: Gibson County farm receives distinguished award

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, March 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2016 Washburne: Gibson County farm receives distinguished award STATEHOUSE (March 28, 2016) — State Rep. Tom Washburne (R-Evansville) congratulates the Steiner family from Gibson County for their

House Bill supporting Indiana's judges sent to governor

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, February 22, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 22, 2016 House Bill supporting Indiana’s judges sent to governor STATEHOUSE (Feb. 22, 2016) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously today in support of State Rep. Tom

Rep. Washburne welcomes student pages to the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, January 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 29, 2016 Rep. Washburne welcomes student pages to the Statehouse INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 29, 2016)

The 2015 “Long Session” accomplishments

Monday, May 11, 2015

The planting of corn, leaves turning green and the spring rain all herald the end of the Indiana General Assembly’s 2015 legislative session. The session, which began in early January and ended on April 29, is deemed a “long session” in contrast to the “short session” which ends mid-March. Long sessions are held in odd-numbered years and are lengthier to accommodate time to write the state’s two-year budget.

Bill works to streamline Circuit Court's System

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

STATEHOUSE — House Bill (HB) 1145, authored by State Representative Tom Washburne (R-Evansville) and co-authored by State Representatives Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville), Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) and Gail Riecken (D-Evansville), passed out of House unanimously today. HB 1145 allows the Vanderburgh County circuit court judge to appoint a second full-time magistrate, effective in July 2015.

Wealth, Equality and Taxes

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Budget time is upon us once again.  In both Washington, D.C. and Indianapolis, our legislatures are working to set government spending.  In Indiana, our past budgeting process worked well with Indiana enjoying one of the only budgetary surpluses in the country.  The same cannot be said about our government in Washington, where it has been many years since the House and Senate have been able to pass a budget resolution. As a result, our federal government is running stunning deficits and amassing staggering debt.  

Hoosier farmers recognized for achievements

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hoosier farmers recognized for achievements STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Tom Washburne (R-Evansville) congratulates the Grimwood family from Vanderburgh County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented today by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana Statehouse. The Hoosier Homestead Award

Rep. Washburne appointed to lead Courts and Criminal Code Committee

Thursday, November 20, 2014

STATEHOUSE – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced that State Representative Tom Washburne (R-Evansville) has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Courts and Criminal Code Committee. 

Rep. Washburne congratulates local family on long-standing farm

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

STATEHOUSE- State Representative Tom Washburne (R-Evansville) congratulates the Emerson and Bratton family from Gibson County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fair. 

Shrinking government down to size

Friday, January 24, 2014

STATEHOUSE - Be it in Washington, DC, or in Indianapolis, government programs, laws and regulations have a peculiar characteristic:  once created they are exceedingly difficult to end.  This is true whether the program is successful or not.  Indeed, there are many federal programs, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, which received yearly appropriations long after the program’s authorization expired.

Vanderburgh County magistrate bill passes committee

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

STATEHOUSE — House Bill (HB) 1145, authored by State Representative Tom Washburne (R-Evansville) and co-authored by State Representatives Gail Riecken (D-Evansville), Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) and Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon), passed out of the Courts and Criminal Code Committee today. HB 1145 allows the Vanderburgh County circuit court judge to appoint a second full-time magistrate.

Need a bad news antidote? Try a little Americanism

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

In need of a little economic cheer heading into the Christmas-time festivities?  Are you sick and tired of hearing about reckless government spending, deficits and debt?  Or, do you simply just need to think about something positive for a change?  I know that I do.

Thankful for faithfulness

Friday, November 22, 2013

My sister, a resident of San Diego, commented during a recent visit that, “Beauty is the commodity sought after in California; it sets the unofficial pecking order.  The prettier you are, the higher your respect and place.”  This set us to thinking about other areas of the country we had lived and the valued human “commodity” in each region, including our own.  

Government's inherent problem

Friday, October 25, 2013

Watching the roll out of Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) has been interesting.  Regardless of anyone’s opinion on the merit of the program, I think it is generally agreed that the task before the federal government is of mammoth proportions. How in the world can the federal government efficiently corral millions of people and have them sign up for something? Likewise, how can government accurately price it or pay for it? How can it practically enforce it if people simply don’t participate? We are talking about millions and millions of people.

Getting the business of government done

Friday, October 11, 2013

On Tuesday, I made my fifth Tuesday interim trip up to the Statehouse in Indianapolis. That makes four Tuesdays in a row, and if you throw in a September Wednesday, it is five weeks in a row where I have been on the new I-69 highway (thank goodness for satellite radio). Now, if you are like me, you may be saying to yourself, “Why in the world is our state representative making all these trips to Indianapolis, especially because they adjourned in April?” Well, I think that the answer is that in Indiana we know how to get the business of government done.

All politics are local--or perhaps should be

Friday, September 27, 2013

All politics are local--or perhaps should be On my third September trip up to Indianapolis this past week, I had a few minutes and decided to stop by and visit with a local mayor in House District 64. We discussed various happenings, but neither one of us had a burning issue that precipitated a meeting or was in urgent need of resolution. As I was leaving,

Hats off to Toyota and Kiwanis!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Which headline do you prefer: a headline from a federal government website, “Grants to Manufacturers of Certain Worsted Wool Fabrics 2013,” or a recent headline from a local newspaper, “Toyota issues more than $120,000 in grants for local agencies”? I like the latter better.

The pursuit of Watermelon

Friday, August 16, 2013

Like many, I was over in Owensville for the Watermelon Festival a couple of weeks ago and had a great time.  The Watermelon Festival is one of many community festivals in the five counties that comprise Indiana House District 64, and it is one of the best.  

Ya gotta stand for something

Friday, July 19, 2013

I recently returned from a family vacation out west.  We passed through many states, all of which - even our flat-as-a-pancake Great Plains brethren - had some magnificent scenery.  Some of these scenes really define the state.  For example, when we think of Colorado, we think of mountains.  For Oklahoma or Kansas, we think prairie.  As we passed under the arch and into Illinois, the thought occurred to me that there are other more important things for a state and its people to be known for.

Taxation without representation

Friday, July 19, 2013

If I had a nickel for every time I have to preface the answer to a question about Indiana law with the phrase “It’s actually quite complicated,” I would be a rich man indeed.  This is particularly true for questions pertaining to the many programs that have been created by the federal government but then crammed down to the states for administration. 

It's a Republic!

Friday, July 5, 2013

As I write this, all across the country folks are taking a break from their daily grind by celebrating our nation’s independence and all things American.  However, all too often what we are celebrating is lost in fireworks and – even worse – the confusing rhetoric of our politicians. 

Thankfully it IS your property

Friday, June 21, 2013

The recent revelation by the IRS and other government agencies that privacy in our personal affairs may not be as private as we all thought is unsettling.  Most of us are quite uncomfortable for some obvious reasons.  

Sometimes Silence Speaks Volumes

Thursday, June 6, 2013

In the last several columns, I focused on the recent session of the Indiana General Assembly – the actions taken by our Legislature in setting the budget, cutting taxes, etc.  However, I think that is also worth mentioning what the Legislature did not do.  

Our Indiana Budget: The Money Going Out

Friday, May 24, 2013

In my last column, I spent time highlighting “ the money coming in” to be used in the Indiana budget –what is derived from taxes and fees – paying special attention to several tax cuts enacted by the Indiana General Assembly.  This week, I focus on the spending side of the budget – the money going out.

Our Indiana Budget: The Money Coming In

Friday, May 10, 2013

Having recently wrapped up the “long” session of the Indiana General Assembly, I thought it might be helpful to review our state’s budget for the next two years.  One unique aspect of Indiana’s budgeting is that we work on a two-year cycle, which makes for more efficient government and better long-term planning.

Top Ten List: A Freshman Legislator's Perspective

Thursday, April 25, 2013

As I write this column, we are in the final week of the “long” session of the Indiana General Assembly.  So many legislative issues are changing daily that it would not be wise to comment on them until the final versions are set, the votes counted and the law is enacted.  

Time, time, time is on my side

Monday, April 15, 2013

We all know that Mick Jagger did not have the Indiana General Assembly on his mind back in 1965 when he recorded “Time is on My Side” with Keith and the rest of the band. I must say the song did come into mind a few times during our recently concluded “short session.” Indeed, if you are a fan of limited, prudent government, time really is on your side in the short session.

Of Guns and Laws

Friday, March 22, 2013

Issues involving the regulation of gun ownership and gun use are some of the most fascinating matters that legislators face – but not for the reasons you may think.  For to me, the base subject is really not that difficult.  Our constitutions, both national and state, squarely address these matters, and all legislators take an oath to uphold these constitutions.  

An Unexpected Blessing

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Indiana Statehouse is a beautiful building. If you wander its halls, which I hope everyone has an opportunity to do, you begin to wonder, what exactly is in these rooms behind the very tall doors?  Who works in them? What goes on there?  

Rep. Washburne: More support for judges

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

STATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1411 authored by State Representative Tom Washburne (R-Evansville) passed out of the House Tuesday with a unanimous vote.

HB 1411: More opinions available

Thursday, February 14, 2013

STATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1411 authored by State Representative Tom Washburne (R-Evansville) and supported in committee by former-Chief Justice Randall Shepard was heard in the Courts and Criminal Code Committee Wednesday and passed onto the full House with a unanimous vote.

Yes, Indiana has a Constitution

Friday, February 8, 2013

One of the great mysteries of living in Indiana is why so many of us have not spent time reading the Indiana Constitution. Indeed, many can recite from memory favored portions of the United States Constitution, such as the Second Amendment, but how many of us can recite Article I, Section 32 of the Indiana Constitution, which states: “The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State.” Arguably, our Hoosier Second Amendment is simpler and easier to understand than the federal version.

Of Law and Hot Dogs

Friday, February 1, 2013

It has been said that there are two things in this world that you may not want to see:  the making of hot dogs and the making of law.  Unfortunately, there is some truth to this adage.  However, when the process works as intended, you get great hot dogs and prudent laws.

Rep. Washburne speaks with Rep. Sullivan on the House floor.
Rep. Washburne poses for a photo in the House Chamber.
Rep. Washburne speaks on the House floor.
Rep. Washburne debates legislation during session.
Rep. Washburne listens to a fellow representative during session.