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.
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House District 64
Indiana House of Representatives: 2012-Present
House District 64: Gibson County and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties
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Address: 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
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 25 years and have five children. He is active with a church planting effort of the Presbyterian Church in America. Rep. Washburn is an Eagle Scout and leader with Boy Scout Troop 393 in St. Wendel, Indiana. In his spare time, he enjoys ham radio and 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.
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.
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.
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.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Mike Karickhoff (R–Kokomo) is encouraging Hoosier students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
STATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1411 authored by State Representative Tom Washburne (R-Evansville) passed out of the House Tuesday with a unanimous vote.
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.
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.
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.
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