Wendy McNamara

Wendy McNamara

Representative | District 76

Contact Information

Phone: 317-232-9816

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h76@iga.in.gov

Press Contact

Jessica Baker

Phone: 317-232-9805

Email: jessica.baker@iga.in.gov

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I feel honored to be serving District 76, which encompasses portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties. Thank you for visiting my website; I hope you find it useful and informative.

I look forward to working with you as we lead Indiana toward greater education reform, job creation and lower taxes.

Please feel free to contact me. I welcome any comments or concerns you may have.

Sincerely,

Wendy McNamara 
State Representative
District 76

Indiana House of Representatives: 2010 - present 

House District 76: Portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties  

Committees:    

  • Vice Chair: Courts and Criminal Code
  • Government and Regulatory Reform
  • Judiciary
  • Select Committee on Government Reduction

Telephone: (317) 232-9671  

Occupation: Director of Early College High School

Education:

  • Undergrad in Political Science- University of Indianapolis
  • Teacher Certification- Valparaiso
  • Masters in educational leadership- University of Southern Indiana

Experience:

  • Indiana Congressional District 8 We the People: Constitution, Coordinator
  • Executive Board Member for the Indiana Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (IASCD)
  • Committee Member for the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Program of Excellence

Member:

  • Association for School Administrators (ASA)
  • Indiana Association of Secondary School Principals (IASSP)
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
  • Program of Excellence Committee Member
  • Posey County Republican Women’s Club

Main Issues:

  • Jobs
  • Economy
  • Education

State Representative Wendy McNamara represents Indiana House District 76, which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties. She was born and raised in Indiana and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Indianapolis, teacher certification from Valparaiso University and Masters in Education and Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Indiana. She is currently seeking her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership through Indiana State University.

Rep. McNamara brings many years of experience, knowledge and leadership to the Indiana House of Representatives with her educational career spanning over 19 years with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. She served as a Teacher and Department Chair at Benjamin Bosse High School and at Harrison High School, as the Supervisor of Social Studies and as the Assistant Principal at North High School.

Currently, she serves as the Director of Early College High School. This is a position she has truly been innovative in by developing a model for high school students who simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree or two years of college credit toward a Bachelor’s degree.

She has served as an adjunct professor for World History at the University of Southern Indiana and has taught Political Science and Social Studies Methods at the University of Evansville. Rep. McNamara served as Constitution Coordinator for the Indiana Congressional District 8 ‘We the People’ and as an Executive Board Member for the Indiana Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (IASCD).

Through her dedication and passion for education, she has earned many prestigious awards. In 2009, Rep. McNamara received the Lawrence Senesh Award for School Administrators from the Indiana Council for Economic Education. She has been the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for years, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

She was the nominee for the Evansville Courier and University Evansville High School Teacher of the Year for the 2004-2005 school year and as a finalist for the 2002-2003 school year. Rep. McNamara was the Bosse Teacher of the Year for the 2001-2002 school year and received the Indiana National Guard Nighthawk Educator Award in 2000 and in 2006.

Throughout her tenure as a representative, Rep. McNamara will continue to advocate for pro-business polices, education and the creation a better Hoosier state. She lives in Mount Vernon with her dog Mercury.

House District 76 includes most of Posey County and a section of Vanderburgh County in southwestern Indiana.

Drawing close to the 2015 legislative session

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Friday, April 17, 2015

With end of session drawing near, there are still many bills going through the legislative process and making their way to the governor’s desk. Many important pieces of legislation like the Indiana budget requires extensive discussion and debate and will not be finalized until the very end of our time here. There are many factors to consider when

A passion for helping Hoosiers

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Friday, March 27, 2015

Southwest Indiana is a great place to live, work and raise a family. As your representative, I have worked hard this session to make decisions at the Statehouse that will not only strengthen our community for future generations, but also address some of the more critical issues we are facing like public safety. As you may know, I have devoted much of my

The West Side Nut Club

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, March 5, 2015

One of my favorite parts of being a state representative is authoring House Resolutions which are presented to some of the groups, people and organizations for their outstanding achievements made in their communities. This past week, I had the honor of presenting the West Side Nut Club with a resolution recognizing the organization for all the hard work and

Passing an honestly balanced budget

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, February 26, 2015

Last week marked the halfway point of the 2015 legislative session, which means that House and Senate bill will switch chambers. Well over 100 bills have passed the House and will now move to the Senate for further consideration. One bill in particular, House Bill 1001, Indiana’s biennial budget, effects each and every Hoosier in the state. The

Bill to increase public safety passes House

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Monday, February 23, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) has authored a bill to provide tactical training for emergency responders. House Bill (HB) 1197, co-authored by State Representative Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), passed out of the House with a vote of 95 - 0 and will now head to the Senate for further consideration and debate. HB 1197

Rep. McNamara honors University of Southern Indiana Athletes

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, February 5, 2015

STATEHOUSE – University of Southern Indiana (USI) was recognized today at the Statehouse for bringing home two championships. State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) authored two resolutions honoring the USI baseball team as well as track and field runner, Johnnie Guy. “The University of Southern Indiana is a shining star in our

Working to safeguard Hoosier families

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, February 5, 2015

Public safety continues one of my top priorities, and I have so much respect for the individuals that keep our communities safe; that respond in case of an emergency. Most likely, at some point, either you or someone you know has been helped or life saved by the heroic actions of a first-responder. We rely on their life-saving training, and I am grateful

Southern Indiana legislators participate in Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Friday, January 30, 2015

STATEHOUSE –Members of the General Assembly, including local lawmakers and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse on Thursday in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to raise awareness of the fight against cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), in 2012, 35,000 Hoosiers heard the words “you have

New tactic to treat substance abuse

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, January 22, 2015

Over the last few years, we have seen an increase of individuals abusing opioids, which are medications to relieve pain like morphine or hydrocodone. More often, habitual opioid users, who are struggling with addition and need help, are ending up in the judicial system, which costs time, money and energy. What typically happens is that some of the

Session is off to a great start

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, January 15, 2015

The first two weeks of the legislative session have come and gone, and we are off to a great start. Even though this is a longer session, we need that extra time in order to review, debate and pass a budget that will operate Indiana for the next two years, which is an enormous task. With the bill filing deadline behind us, and as the Vice Chair of the

Come page for the House Republicans!

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, January 8, 2015

The legislative session has officially begun which is always an exciting time of the year. One of my 2015 New Year’s resolutions is to keep you more informed about what is happening at the Statehouse. That is why, I wanted to provide you with some information about a great opportunity for students to get involved this session, which is the House Page

Driving safely in the winter

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Friday, December 19, 2014

The holiday season is officially upon us. As Christmas decorations light up streets in our community, it is hard not to embrace the holiday spirit this time of year. Like many during the holiday season, I enjoy reflecting on all of the reasons I am thankful, spending time with loved ones and of course, all of the great holiday food. Many families

2015 Budget: Focusing on Education

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, December 11, 2014

As an educator, I know firsthand what teachers face in the classroom. Whether that is daily lesson planning, analyzing data, finding new creative ways to keep children excited about learning or dipping into your own wallet to purchase classroom supplies. Improving the quality of education in Indiana continues to be a top priority for the House Republicans.

Rep. McNamara reappointed as Vice Chair of Courts and Criminal Code

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Wednesday, December 3, 2014

STATEHOUSE – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced standing committee assignments for the 119th General Assembly. Standing committee assignments are made biennially after each election. State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) has been reappointed Vice Chair of the Courts and Criminal Code Committee. She will also serve

Indiana General Assembly kicks-off with charity drive

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, November 20, 2014

The first meeting of the 119th General Assembly recently occurred, known as Organization Day, when all members of the General Assembly were officially sworn into office. I enjoyed seeing familiar faces at the Statehouse, old colleagues and new, and with everyone looking forward to the next legislative session, which is just around the corner, excitement

Rep. McNamara sworn in, supports charity on Organization Day

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Tuesday, November 18, 2014

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon)was sworn in on Organization Day, which marks the first meeting of the 119th General Assembly. All 100 members of the House, including eight new Republicans, were sworn in by Chief Justice Loretta Rush. Rep. McNamara was reelected to represent House District 76, which includes portions

Working for you in 2015

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, November 13, 2014

First and foremost, I want to thank each and every one of you who helped make this year’s election a success. In order for the election process to run smoothly, it takes thousands of wonderful volunteers working behind the scenes. I want to thank each and every one of you who gave up your time to make this year such a success. Our agenda for 2015 was

2015 Legislative Agenda: Accountability is our Responsibility

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, October 16, 2014

Although southwest Indiana is a great place to live and raise a family, my work to improve our community is constant. Working towards this goal, every year, the Indiana House Republicans set out to accomplish certain goals and priorities that will strengthen communities and benefit families throughout the state. Recently, Indiana House Speaker Brian C.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, October 9, 2014

On average, almost 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by their partners in the U.S. According to the National Coalition against Domestic Violence (NCDV), during a one year period, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. These statistics are staggering, so we need to work together and help raise awareness to address this

Annual Fall Festivals

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Thursday, October 2, 2014

Leaves changing color and temperatures dropping signify that fall is officially underway, which means that West Side Nut Club Fall Festival will soon be here. I look forward to attending this annual event, and with new features, exciting activities and delicious food, this year’s festival is sure to impress. Events begin on Oct. 5th and continue

[r76] Calling all college students (9/25/2014)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Start Date: 9/25/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/25/2014Every year session brings about a multitude of exciting new beginnings – new legislation which will help Hoosiers across the state, new opportunities to improve our local community and the beginning of our interns’ time here at the Statehouse. Each legislative session, I have the

[r76] Hoosier colleges and universities (9/18/2014)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Start Date: 9/18/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/18/2014All across the nation students have begun the new school year. Many high school seniors may have visited various colleges in and out of the state, and they are starting to make their final decisions. It is never too late for them to decide what their future plans are, because the end of the school

[r76] Sending our students out with the best foot forward (9/5/2014)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Start Date: 9/5/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/5/2014As colleges and universities throughout the country begin their year, many students are beginning to feel the weight of paying for their education. Some high school graduates have opted to all-together forgo the cost of a four year college and follow the pathway toward technical certification or

Rep. McNamara to honor New Harmony as "Capital for the Day"

Posted by: Jessica Baker  | Wednesday, August 6, 2014

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) will present the town of New Harmony with a proclamation from Gov. Pence on Friday, Aug. 8 recognizing New Harmony as the “Capital for the Day.” The ceremony on Friday will celebrate the accomplishments of the community, honor community leaders and highlight New Harmony as

[r76] Rep. McNamara congratulates local families on long-standing farms (8/5/2014)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Start Date: 8/5/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AMEnd Date: 8/5/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM Rep. McNamara congratulates local families on long-standing farms STATEHOUSE- State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) congratulates the Hasting family as well as the Rueger, Naab and McNamara families from Posey County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The

[r76] Celebrating freedom this Fourth of July (6/27/2014)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Start Date: 6/27/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/27/2014I consider myself to be a pretty patriotic person. The sights, sounds and smells of the Fourth of July brought to life by the fireworks, hot dogs and parades add to the pride of celebrating the Independence of the United States. This past week was one filled with those occurrences that make one

[r76] Rep. McNamara awards Sagamore of the Wabash (6/17/2014)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Start Date: 6/17/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/17/2014 STATEHOUSE –State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) presented Dr. Susan Graham McDowell Riley with a Sagamore of the Wabash award, the most prestigious award given by the office of Governor Mike Pence. Dr. Riley currently serves as deputy superintendent for academic affairs

[76] Strengthening our community and state part 2/2 (6/13/2014)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Start Date: 6/13/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/13/2014Last week, I highlighted many different issues that are facing our state, and in particular southwestern Indiana. I have worked to address various issues and over the past four years I have had the opportunity to author many different pieces of legislation. However, two areas that I have always

[r76] Strengthening our community and state part 1/2 (6/6/2014)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Start Date: 6/6/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/6/2014Since I first began serving as your state representative, I have been committed to addressing the issues facing our community and state. Over the past four years, with your help, Indiana continues to be one of the best places to live, work and raise a family while our community grows stronger every

[r76] Rep. McNamara offers remarks at USI Men's Baseball National Championship Celebration (6/3/2014)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Start Date: 6/3/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 6/3/2014 STATEHOUSE –State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) congratulated the University of Southern Indiana (USI) Men’s Baseball Team at a welcome home rally on Monday. The team defeated Colorado Mesa University over the weekend to win the NCAA Division II Baseball

[r76] Graduation Season (6/2/2014)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Start Date: 6/2/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 6/2/2014During the past few weeks, I have watched some of Indiana’s brightest students walk across the stage and graduate from high school. These students have taken some of the first steps to better their lives and their future. Education is something no one can take away from you. It is something

[r76] Rep. McNamara awards Sagamore of the Wabash (5/15/2014)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Start Date: 5/15/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/15/2014STATEHOUSE –State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) presented Ira and Theresa Boots with a Sagamore of the Wabash award today, the most prestigious award given by the office of Governor Mike Pence. Rep. McNamara presented the awards to Ira and Theresa Boots at the University

[r76] Share the road this May (5/8/2014)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Start Date: 5/8/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/8/2014 With the warmer weather arriving, motorcycles are starting to hit the roads again. Despite the objections of many of my family members who feel motorcycles are dangerous, I recently obtained a motorcycle license. Because of this, I thought it was fitting to highlight some of the safety issues when

[r76] Local legislators invited to take part in tactical emergency training (5/5/2014)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Start Date: 5/5/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/5/2014 STATEHOUSE – This past week, State Representatives Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) and Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) traveled to Texas after being invited to take part in the Basic Tactical Operational Medical Support Course (BTOMSC) put on by the Cypress Creek Tactical Medic Team in Houston.

[r76] Working to address Indiana's meth epidemic (4/28/2014)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Start Date: 4/28/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 4/28/2014 Since I first began serving as your state representative four years ago, I have been committed to addressing many different issues facing our community and state. One major issue that I have continued to be outspoken about is the widespread manufacture and use of methamphetamine.

[r76] Indiana's commitment to quality education (4/18/2014)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Start Date: 4/18/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 4/18/2014 Indiana remains committed to providing the best education possible for Hoosier students. As the Director of Early College High School, I know that a high quality education leads to greater future success and is something we should continually deliver to Hoosier students. This past

[r76] Helping Hoosier Veterans: Part 2 (4/11/2014)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Start Date: 4/11/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/11/2014Last week, I spoke about a former student of mine and the great work he was doing with the organization Solider Dogs for Independence. This week I would like to recognize two other organizations in our area that help American heroes. The Indiana Patriot Guard Riders was incorporated in 2006 and

[r76] Rep. McNamara's presents House Resolution to student athlete (4/4/2014)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Start Date: 4/4/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 4/4/2014 Today, State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) presented a House Resolution congratulating Mater Dei High School freshman Nick Lee who won a gold medal in FILA freestyle wrestling at the Pan Am Games in Columbia. Rep. McNamara was joined by Auditor Suzanne Crouch.

[r76} Helping Hoosier Veterans (4/4/2014)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Start Date: 4/4/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/4/2014This past week, Michael Barrentine, a former student of mine, asked me to speak at an event in Evansville for an organization called Soldier Dogs for Independence. Michael serves as the President for Solider Dogs for Independence, a nonprofit organization designed to help local veterans who live

[r76] Recognizing Indiana's rich agricultural heritage (3/28/2014)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Start Date: 3/28/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 3/28/2014 During session, I make the drive between our Southwest Indiana community up to our State Capitol every week. This drive always presents spectacular views of Indiana’s rich agricultural heritage and the strong economy agriculture brings to Indiana. Every year, Indiana takes

[r76] Efforts to combat human trafficking (3/24/2014)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Start Date: 3/24/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 3/24/2014This week, I had the opportunity to attend a press conference held by Attorney General Greg Zoeller in Evansville. The press event was centered on a bill I co-sponsored in the House, Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 291, which addresses human trafficking and how we can better combat this horrific crime.

[r76] Rep. McNamara responds to Valero Energy purchasing an ethanol plant in Mount Vernon (3/21/2014)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Start Date: 3/21/2014 Start Time: 4:30 PMState Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) issued the following statement in response to Valero Energy announcing the purchase of the 110-million gallon ethanol plant at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon. "I am pleased that Valero Energy has chosen to make this purchase at Indiana’s largest public

[76] Bill to help address Meth problem heads to governor's desk (3/14/2014)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Start Date: 3/14/2014 Start Time: 9:00 AM House Bill (HB) 1141, authored by State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon), was concurred upon in the House of Representatives yesterday. This bill will give better direction to deal with properties that have been affected by methamphetamine. “I am very happy to see this bill come out of

[r76] Putting the final touches on legislation (3/7/2014)

Friday, March 7, 2014

Start Date: 3/7/2014 Start Time: 3:30 PMTowards the end of every session both House and Senate legislators alike meet together to discuss the different bills that have been written. These meetings are called conference committees and are very important to hammering out the best piece of legislation. Currently House Bill 1141 dealing with Methamphetamine

[r76] Bill to help address Meth problem passes the Senate (3/4/2014)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Start Date: 3/4/2014 Start Time: 3:00 PMToday, House Bill (HB) 1141 dealing with properties that have been affected by methamphetamine and authored by State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon), passed through the Senate unanimously. “I am incredibly excited to see this bill round the final stretch of the legislative process,” said

[r76] Rep. McNamara's bill on career and technical education passes Senate (2/28/2014 - 3/3/2014)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Start Date: 2/28/2014 Start Time: 5:30 AM Yesterday, House Bill (HB) 1064, concerning the study of career and technical education, authored by State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon), passed unanimously in the Senate, and will be awaiting further discussion in the House. “I am excited to have seen this bill go as far as it has

[r76] A variety of Senate bills (2/28/2014 - 3/3/2014)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Start Date: 2/28/2014 Start Time: 6:00 AMThis session I have been able to sponsor and co-sponsor Senate Bill (SB) 291, directed at human trafficking investigations, SB 222, relating to athletes that receive concussions and SB 32, concerning public official bonding. This week I would like to highlight these three bills. Currently, human trafficking is the

[76] Focusing on students (2/20/2014)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Start Date: 2/20/2014 Start Time: 5:00 AMAs a state representative, it is important to me that we get out in our district and explore our communities. There is more to being a legislator than being a member of committees, holding meetings and voting on bills. All of the legislators try to make a difference in Indianapolis as we do in our local communities.

[76] Indiana House of Representatives gives back to the community (2/19/2014)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Start Date: 2/19/2014 Start Time: 9:30 AMMonday, State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon), along with fellow House legislators and staff, joined students at the Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis to read to students as part of a bipartisan House service day. House members brought their favorite children’s books to read to

[76] Rep. McNamara meets with Hoosier students (2/14/2014)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Start Date: 2/14/2014 Start Time: 9:00 AMWednesday at the Statehouse, State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) met with students, parents, teachers and administrators at the inaugural Quality Education Celebration. Rep. McNamara joined Resurrection and St. Philip schools to highlight successes of education in Indiana while discussing action in

[r76] Working on cleaning up Indiana (2/14/2014)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Start Date: 2/14/2014 Start Time: 9:00 AMThe halfway point of session was last week. Bills have changed houses, so we are now discussing Senate bills that passed, and the Senate is discussing House bills that passed. Of the 446 House bills (HB) that were filed, 146 passed out of the House and are now being further discussed in the Senate. I have authored

Meth lab registration passes House (2/3/2014)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Start Date: 2/3/2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM End Date: 2/3/2014 End Time: 8:00 AM STATEHOUSE - House Bill (HB) 1141 authored by State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) and co-authored by Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion) passed out of the House today with a unanimous vote. HB 1141 requires the Indiana State Police Department to develop and

[76] A great future starts with a great education (2/3/2014)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Start Date: 2/3/2014 Start Time: 6:00 PMEvery year, during the legislative session many different topics are discussed and debated. Since I was elected, one issue that has been especially important to me is education. Having been in the educational field for twenty years, I have been able to work one-on-one with students, teachers, parents and legislators

[76] Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse (1/24/2014)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Start Date: 1/24/2014 Start Time: 5:00 PMLast week, I was able to take part in a great tradition here at the Statehouse. In support of cancer awareness, legislators and staff were encouraged to wear sneakers with their suits for the annual Suits and Sneakers challenge to help raise awareness about cancer as well as showcase the importance that nutrition and

[76] Southern Indiana legislators participate in Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse (1/23/2014)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Start Date: 1/23/2014 Start Time: 4:00 PMToday, State Representatives Ron Bacon (R-Chandler), Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) and Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) wore sneakers at the Statehouse, along with other House legislators and staff, in support of the Suits and Sneakers challenge to help raise awareness about cancer and showcase the importance that

[r76] HB 1141 will address key issue facing Indiana communities (1/17/2014)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Start Date: 1/17/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/17/2014Since my first day as your state representative, it has always been a top priority of mine to make our county and state a clean and safe environment for all of us to live. Posey County was not ranked as one of the worst counties in the state for methamphetamine busts, but our state as a whole was

[r76] New agenda will propel the Hoosier workforce forward (1/10/2014)

Friday, January 10, 2014

Start Date: 1/10/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/10/2014With the beginning of the legislative session come big changes, specifically through the announcement of the 2014 House Republican legislative agenda. The agenda, titled “Indiana: Working on Progress,” includes legislation centered around five key points: preparing kids for their

[76] New education bill will address skills gap (1/3/2014)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Start Date: 1/3/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/3/2014The 2014 legislative session began this week. I am looking forward to having productive discussions on how we can improve our state and create a better living environment for all who call Indiana home. In an effort to continue this process, last week I announced a bill that I will be introducing

[76] Rep. McNamara introduces education bill to address skills gap (1/3/2014)

Friday, January 3, 2014

Start Date: 1/3/2014 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 1/3/2014State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) recently announced her plans to author legislation this session calling for the creation of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Diploma. At a press conference Friday, Rep. McNamara expressed her concern with the one-size-fits-all type of

[76] Accomplishments of 2013 (12/27/2013)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Start Date: 12/27/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 12/27/2013The 2014 legislative session is right around the corner. For the past few months, I have met with constituents and started to draft my bills for the upcoming session. However, before the New Year and legislative actions that will ensue, it is always important to look back and reflect on the

[76] Hoosiers students give back: Part 2 of 2 (12/20/2013)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Start Date: 12/20/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 12/20/2013Last week, I highlighted some of the ways students in Posey and Vanderburgh Counties were giving back this holiday season at the high school and middle school levels. This week, I would like to recognize the students in our younger grades that have been working very hard to make sure everyone

[r76] Hoosiers students give back: Part 1 of 2 (12/13/2013)

Friday, December 13, 2013

Start Date: 12/13/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 12/13/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMEvery year around this time, I pause and reflect on how thankful I am for all life’s small blessings. I’m thankful for my family, health and of course my dog, Mercury. Many people like to show how thankful they are this time of year by giving back to their

[r76] Celebrating Hoosier History (12/6/2013)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Start Date: 12/6/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 12/6/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMWith Christmas fast approaching, sometimes we forget that Indiana’s birthday is right around the corner. This year will mark our state’s 197th birthday, commonly referred to as Statehood Day. Indiana was admitted as the 19th state to join the Union on December 11,

[r76] Shop local this holiday season (11/27/2013)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Start Date: 11/27/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/27/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMThe holiday shopping season is here. With all of the choices we have, it is important to remember what our community has to offer right here in our own backyards. This time of year is critical to retailers, so this holiday season I invite you to shop locally before you head

[r76] Remaining thankful and giving back (11/22/2013)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Start Date: 11/22/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/22/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMThe history of Thanksgiving celebrations has been traced back as far as 1621 when Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared their harvests in November. It was in our nation’s first days that we recognized the simple importance of being thankful for what we have and

[r76] Organization Day, upcoming session (11/15/2013)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Start Date: 11/15/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/15/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMThe 2014 session is right around the corner, and Organization Day will kick off the legislative proceedings this Tuesday. I’m looking forward to convening and putting the final touches on all of the work we have accomplished this summer during interim study committees to

[r76] Posey County receives over $600,000 to go towards improvements (11/8/2013)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Start Date: 11/8/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/8/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMOur community has been recognized twice in the last week for different grants that will boost our education system and economic development efforts. New Harmony was honored at the Statehouse as being one of 24 Hoosier communities to receive a part of more than $8 million in

[r76] Honoring our Heroes this Veterans Day (11/1/2013 - 11/2/2013)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Start Date: 11/1/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/2/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMVeterans Day is a day of celebration; a day of honor; and a day of remembrance. Flags wave, heroes walk in parades and stories of historic greatness are told. This Monday, November 11, we recognize the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform, and the sacrifices they

[r76] Halloween Safety (10/25/2013)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Start Date: 10/25/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/25/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMHalloween is only a few days away, and soon kids and families will be trick-or-treating throughout our community. I always enjoy seeing everyone out in the community enjoying the autumn weather and time with their friends. While this time is exciting for children, sometimes it

[r76] Discover Southern Indiana this fall (10/18/2013 - 10/19/2013)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Start Date: 10/18/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/19/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMI love the fall season in Indiana. Our state has so much to offer that the whole family can enjoy. Whether it’s a weekend getaway in Brown County or a day spent exploring caves in Marengo, Indiana has countless attractions and a storied history to match. In the early

[r76] Mount Vernon Schools Shine (10/11/2013)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Start Date: 10/11/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/11/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMThrough hard work and perseverance Mount Vernon has been able to create a better learning environment through their “put students first” policy. Meeting challenges head on, the district has been able to keep class sizes small but still maintain a rigorous and

[r76] Think Pink this October (10/4/2013)

Friday, October 4, 2013

Start Date: 10/4/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/4/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMThe month of October is the 29th annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), a campaign to increase awareness of this disease. Founded in 1985 by the American Cancer Society and Imperial Chemical Industries, NBCAM is the top campaign to raise awareness about the

[r76] Losing a Mentor and Good Friend (9/27/2013)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Start Date: 9/27/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/27/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMThis week Indiana lost a true pioneer. State Representative Phyllis Pond passed away Sunday September 22 after being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Rep. Pond was elected to the state legislature in 1978 and was the longest serving female state representative in the history

[r76] The rising cost/value of an Education: Part 2 of 2 (9/20/2013)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Start Date: 9/20/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/20/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMLast week, I talked about the rising cost of education, and the value and investment students make when they choose to further their academic career. Educated workers are a valuable resource in any workforce and are being sought after more in today’s economy. There are

[r76] The rising cost/value of an Education: Part 1 of 2 (9/13/2013)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Start Date: 9/13/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/13/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMWith fall starting, many students are heading off to college to continue or even start their education. With the cost of higher education rising every year, many people are questioning the price of a four-year degree in regards to the return on investment. However it is

[r76] Festivals that Showcase our District (9/6/2013 - 10/8/2013)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Start Date: 9/6/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM Summer is coming to a close, and fall is in the air. Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty of family fun events to take advantage of in our community. Some of my favorite upcoming events include the traditional German festival, Kunstfest, which honors the founders of New

[R76] McNamara Memo: New laws for Hoosier veterans (8/26/2013)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Start Date: 8/26/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 8/26/2013 End Time: 9:00 AMNew laws for Hoosier veterans The General Assembly worked hard last session to create legislation that will benefit Hoosier veterans. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for post 9/11 veterans in Indiana rests at an unacceptable 20 percent. These

[R76] Rep. McNamara congratulates local family for their longstanding farm (8/7/2013)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Start Date: 8/7/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 8/7/2013 End Time: 9:00 AMRep. McNamara congratulates local family for their longstanding farm STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) congratulates the Ries family from Posey County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and

[R76] McNamara Memo: Scholarship contest for high school girls (8/2/2013)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Start Date: 8/2/2013 Start Time: 9:00 AMEnd Date: 8/2/2013 End Time: 9:00 AMScholarship contest for high school girls I view myself through many different perspectives including American, Hoosier, educator, elected official and wife; each help to define who I am as a person and as a woman. Women have not always had a prominent role in politics, but our

[R76] McNamara Memo: Summer study committees at the Statehouse (7/16/2013)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Start Date: 7/16/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 7/16/2013 End Time: 11:59 PMSummer study committees at the Statehouse Indiana’s legislature does not meet year round; we are part-time, which has many benefits. To name a few, members representing the people don’t lose touch with their constituents. Legislators have to come back to their

[r76] Rep. McNamara: "Confident in Posey County job opportunities" (5/22/2013)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Start Date: 5/22/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/22/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM“The proposed project by Midwest Fertilizer Company to build a $1.8 billion plant and create thousands of jobs for Hoosiers would have been a major boost to Posey County and the surrounding economy. I have worked hard to make Indiana one of the most attractive states for a

Reps. McNamara and Crouch honor local teacher (5/21/2013)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Start Date: 5/21/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 5/21/2013 STATEHOUSE – State Representatives Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) and Suzanne Crouch (R-Evansville) presented House Resolution (HR) 41 to Jon Siau today at Evansville North High School. Both legislators co-authored the resolution. Siau, an art teacher, is retiring after a 42

[r76] Rep. McNamara gets legislation passed for local schools and law enforcement (4/29/2013)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Start Date: 4/29/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/29/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE— The 2013 legislative session has concluded. State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mt. Vernon) is pleased to see three of her bills become law this session: House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1110, HEA 1111 and HEA 1151. HEA 1110 extends the authority for school

[r76] Rep. McNamara honors United States WWII Marine James F. Davis (4/9/2013 - 4/10/2013)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Start Date: 4/9/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 4/10/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE — State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) authored a House Resolution honoring fellow Hoosier, United States Marine, James F. Davis. The resolution was adopted today with unanimous support. “James F. Davis is an outstanding symbol of a Mt.

[R76]Tactical medical bill headed to the governor (4/2/2013 - 4/3/2013)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Start Date: 4/2/2013 Start Time: 10:00 AMEnd Date: 4/3/2013 End Time: 10:00 AM STATEHOUSE — House Bill (HB) 1111, which deals with tactical emergency medicine, passed out of the Senate unanimously yesterday. State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) authored the measure. Under current law, there are no specific citations that address the

[R76]Juvenile Alternative Sentencing Bill passed out of the Senate (3/26/2013 - 4/3/2013)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Start Date: 3/26/2013 Start Time: 10:00 AMEnd Date: 4/3/2013 End Time: 10:00 AM STATEHOUSE —State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Mt. Vernon) authored House Bill (HB) 1108, which passed out of the Indiana Senate on Tuesday with a unanimous vote of 47-0. HB 1108 deals with sentencing alternatives for offenders under the age of 18. The Indiana Department of

[R76]'Blue Alert' bill goes to Gov. (3/18/2013 - 4/3/2013)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Start Date: 3/18/2013 Start Time: 10:00 AM End Date: 4/3/2013 End Time: 10:00 AM STATEHOUSE — House Bill (HB) 1151, authored by State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon), passed the Senate today with a unanimous vote. This bill creates a ‘Blue Alert’ program to be operated by the Indiana State Police Department

[r76] Early Childhood Education Pilot Bill passes the House (2/19/2013)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Start Date: 2/19/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 2/19/2013 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE — State Representative Suzanne Crouch (R-Evansville) co-authored House Bill (HB) 1004, which passed out of the House yesterday with a 92 to 6 vote. HB 1004 establishes a Pre-K Voucher Pilot Program. “Early childhood education offers many benefits to

[R76]Property tax legislation fast-tracked through the House (2/18/2013 - 4/3/2013)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Start Date: 2/18/2013 Start Time: 10:00 AMEnd Date: 4/3/2013 End Time: 10:00 AM STATEHOUSE — Senate Bill (SB) 319, sponsored by State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and cosponsored by State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon), passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Monday with a unanimous vote. SB 319 is the first piece of

[R76]Juvenile Alternative Sentencing Bill passes the House (2/13/2013 - 4/3/2013)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Start Date: 2/13/2013 Start Time: 10:00 AMEnd Date: 4/3/2013 End Time: 10:00 AM STATEHOUSE —State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Mt. Vernon) authored House Bill (HB) 1108, which passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday with an 88 to 9 vote. House Bill (HB) 1108 deals with sentencing alternatives for offenders under the age of 18.

[R76]School Capital Projects Funds Bill passes the House (2/13/2013 - 4/3/2013)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Start Date: 2/13/2013 Start Time: 10:00 AMEnd Date: 4/3/2013 End Time: 10:00 AM STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Mt. Vernon) authored House Bill (HB) 1110 passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives on Tuesday. HB 1110 deals with school capital projects funds. While school general funds are primarily funded by the state, school

[R76]'Blue Alert' bill passes the House (2/5/2013 - 4/3/2013)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Start Date: 2/5/2013 Start Time: 9:30 AM End Date: 4/3/2013 End Time: 9:30 AM STATEHOUSE — State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) authored House Bill (HB) 1151, which passed unanimously out of the House today. This bill creates a ‘Blue Alert’ program to be operated by the Indiana State Police Department (ISP).

[R76]Rep. McNamara: Tactical medical bill passes the House (1/28/2013 - 4/3/2013)

Monday, January 28, 2013

Start Date: 1/28/2013 Start Time: 9:30 AMEnd Date: 4/3/2013 End Time: 9:30 AM STATEHOUSE — State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) authored House Bill (HB) 1111, which passed out of the House today. This bill deals with tactical emergency medicine and passed with unanimous support. “Members of the SWAT teams are trained in

[R76]House Page Program now accepting pages for 2013 session (1/7/2013 - 4/3/2013)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Start Date: 1/7/2013 Start Time: 9:30 AMEnd Date: 4/3/2013 End Time: 9:30 AM STATEHOUSE — State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) is encouraging students in the Vanderburgh/Posey County area to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. The program gives 13 to 18 year old students the opportunity to visit the Statehouse and watch an entire

[R76]Rep. McNamara Named Vice Chair of Courts and Criminal Code (12/4/2012)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Start Date: 12/4/2012 Start Time: 9:30 AMEnd Date: 12/4/2012 End Time: 10:00 AM STATEHOUSE — House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced committee assignments and leadership appointments for the Indiana House Republican Caucus. Committee chairmen and caucus leaders are selected biennially by the majority party after each election year.

[R76] Rep. McNamara: A new session, a new spirit of cooperation (11/30/2012)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Start Date: 11/30/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/30/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMA new session, a new spirit of cooperation Tuesday, November 20 marked the ceremonial beginning of the next legislative session. We have several big issues facing us this year as jobs, education and fiscal integrity will be the focus. This upcoming session the General Assembly

[R76] Rep. McNamara: A Time to be Thankful (11/21/2012)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Start Date: 11/21/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/21/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMA Time to be Thankful Since our nation’s inception, colonists celebrated an autumn feast, later being recognized as Thanksgiving Day. The history of Thanksgiving celebrations has been traced back as far as 1621 when Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared their

[R76]Rep. McNamara: Jobs and education, cornerstones of American Dream (11/20/2012 - 11/21/2012)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Start Date: 11/20/2012 Start Time: 9:30 AMEnd Date: 11/21/2012 End Time: 9:30 AM STATEHOUSE – Indiana Legislators were sworn in today, Organization Day, which marks the first meeting for the 118th General Assembly. All 100 members of the House, including 19 new Republicans, were sworn in by Chief Justice Brent Dickson. “Just like a

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Honoring our veterans, heroes (11/13/2012)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Start Date: 11/13/2012 Start Time: 11:00 AMEnd Date: 11/13/2012 End Time: 11:30 AMHonoring our veterans, heroes We would not be who we are today – as a people and a country – without the brave men and women who defend our most coveted freedoms, here and abroad. Yesterday, Americans across the nation recognized the selfless sacrifices our

[R76] NEWS: Rep. McNamara addresses roadway improvement (11/1/2012)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Start Date: 11/1/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/1/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMRep. McNamara addresses roadway improvementINDOT, Ports of Indiana and local officials meet STATEHOUSE – Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) hosted a meeting today to discuss a key infrastructure improvement for trucks heading west onto SR 62 from the port. Joining her

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Own your American Dream - Bridging the Skills Gap (10/30/2012)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Start Date: 10/30/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/30/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMOwn your American DreamBridging the Skills Gap Getting Hoosiers back to work has been my focus since day one. The sputtering economy and the escalating level of uncertainty in the marketplace were motivating factors behind my decision to serve my community. I have remained

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Own your American Dream - Leaders in Classrooms; Leaders in Life (10/22/2012)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Start Date: 10/22/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/22/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMOwn your American Dream Leaders in Classrooms; Leaders in Life Continuing the conversation of the House Republicans’ 2013 Agenda entitled, “Own your American Dream”, education will remain a top priority for the caucus. Having a strong education system that

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Own your American Dream - Financial Security for Future Generations (10/16/2012)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Start Date: 10/16/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/16/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMOwn your American DreamFinancial Security for Future Generations At any level, for a government to function and operate in a highly effective manner, it must live within its means. Running a deficit that totals the entirety of what you produce is not sustainable, which is

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Own your American Dream (10/9/2012)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Start Date: 10/9/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/9/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMOwn your American Dream It is every parent’s hope that their children will have it better off than they did growing up. For centuries, America has been the land of opportunity for millions of people in search of a more prosperous livelihood. In our nation’s earliest

[R76] 2013 House Republican Agenda Release - Own Your American Dream (10/4/2012)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Start Date: 10/4/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/4/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMOwn Your American DreamIndiana House Republicans introduce agenda centered on Fiscal Integrity, Jobs, and Education STATEHOUSE- Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), joined by a dozen of his House Republican colleagues, announced the

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Fourth Graders: What does Indiana mean to you? (10/2/2012)

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Start Date: 10/2/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 10/2/2012Fourth Graders: What does Indiana mean to you? As the 19th state to join the union on Dec. 11, 1816, Indiana has a long, storied history that unites us all as present day Hoosiers. Understanding our state’s history is important to truly appreciate the sacrifices that were made to make

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Fall Festival Oct. 1-6 (9/25/2012 - 9/26/2012)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Start Date: 9/25/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/26/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMFall Festival Oct. 1-6 It is my favorite time of year as college and professional football are back in full swing and summer temperatures are subdued by the pleasantness of autumn. I always look forward to spending time outdoors with my family during the fall as it is truly the

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Finding a Hidden Treasure (9/18/2012 - 9/19/2012)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Start Date: 9/18/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/19/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMFinding a Hidden Treasure There might be hundreds of dollars waiting for you in unclaimed property. There is more than $350 million in unclaimed property, belonging to current and former residents of Indiana. This money could be from dormant bank accounts, lost or forgotten

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Intern at the Indiana Statehouse (9/11/2012)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Start Date: 9/11/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/11/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMIntern at the Indiana Statehouse Following the New Year, anticipation fills the Statehouse as the House is back in session and members are gaveled in. It is an exciting time for both members and staff. All of the hard work that went in during the interim, meeting and listening

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Come Visit New Harmony (9/4/2012)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Start Date: 9/4/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 9/4/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMCome Visit New Harmony As a resident of Southwest Indiana, it is important to remind ourselves of the true treasures we hold in our backyards. Indiana is a melting pot for a wide variety of cultures and lifestyles, but we are unified in our Hoosier heritage. The same can be said

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Andrew Luck and the General Assembly (8/29/2012)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Start Date: 8/29/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/29/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMAndrew Luck and the General Assembly It seems Andrew Luck is the real deal. The first-round draft pick has showcased his talents this preseason proving he has what it takes to pick up where Manning left off. During the offseason, the Colts have been very busy as they rebuild the

[R76] Rep. McNamara: New school year, fresh start (8/22/2012 - 8/23/2012)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Start Date: 8/22/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/23/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMNew school year, fresh start Class is in session, and I couldn’t be more excited to reconnect with my students. Students are picking up right where they left off by getting acclimated with new classes, students and teachers. All of the students have been full of laughter

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Telephone scams target senior citizens (8/14/2012 - 8/15/2012)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Start Date: 8/14/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/15/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMTelephone scams target senior citizens According to Congressional statistics, people lose an estimated $4 billionin mail scams and $40 billion in telemarketing fraud each year in the UnitedStates, and Indiana is not exempt from these cons. I have been fielding somecalls recently

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Festivities at the State Fair underway (8/3/2012 - 8/4/2012)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Start Date: 8/3/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 8/4/2012 End Time: 11:59 PMFestivities at the State Fair underway All of the alluring sights and smells of the Indiana State Fair are underway. It’s the time of year when you can see great concerts, visit countless fun-filled exhibits and eat deep-fried delights to your heart’s content. The

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Drought, one of the worst in state's history (7/26/2012)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Start Date: 7/26/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM End Date: 7/26/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM Drought, one of the worst in state’s history The sweltering heat and lack of rain has had profound effects on all of us, especially Hoosier farmers, as many experts are comparing our current dry spell to the devastating drought of 1936. The U.S. Drought

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Part 2. New Harmony Bridge Town hall discussion (7/24/2012)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Start Date: 7/24/2012 All DayEnd Date: 7/24/2012Part 2. New Harmony Bridge Town hall discussion Input from federal, state and local participants critical In last week’s column, I detailed the discussion that occurred during a town hall meeting on what can be done to re-open New Harmony Bridge. To recap a few things, the town hall followed a

[R76] Part 1. New Harmony Bridge Town hall discussion (7/17/2012)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Start Date: 7/17/2012 All DayEnd Date: 7/17/2012Part 1. New Harmony Bridge Town hall discussion Input from federal, state and local participants critical to funding new bridge On Saturday, July 7, I held a town hall to give an update on the New Harmony Bridge situation and to discuss what options were on the table. I want to thank everyone who attended

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Help build a home for a veteran (7/10/2012)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Start Date: 7/10/2012 All DayEnd Date: 7/10/2012Help build a home for a veteran Recently, I had the opportunity to meet an incredible young man. Army Sergeant Kenneth Harker is a true hero who rose to the call of duty to protect and defend his country. Tragically, though, he lost both of his legs during his second deployment to Iraq in June of 2008 when

[r76] Rep. McNamara: Countdown to the Posey County 4-H Fair (7/2/2012)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Start Date: 7/2/2012 All DayEnd Date: 7/2/2012Countdown to the Posey County 4-H Fair The Posey County 4-H Fair kicks off in just a few days and will run from Saturday, July 7th through Saturday, July 14th. The Posey County Fair is an integral part of our community and truly a local treasure. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of me participating

[R76] Rep. McNamara to discuss options for New Harmony Bridge (6/28/2012)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Start Date: 6/28/2012 All DayEnd Date: 6/28/2012Rep. McNamara to discuss options for New Harmony Bridge STATEHOUSE — Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Mt. Vernon), in conjunction with INDOT, will be hosting a town hall meeting to discuss proposals for the New Harmony Bridge. The meeting will be at 9 a.m. (CST) on Saturday, July 7th at Ribeyre Gymnasium in New

[R76] Rep. McNamara Educating the next generation’s workforce (6/26/2012)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Start Date: 6/26/2012 All DayEnd Date: 6/26/2012Educating the next generation’s workforce Having a highly skilled and educated workforce is vital to our state’s long-term economic security and to preparing young adults to be successful citizens. It was recently announced that Indiana ranks 42 in the percentage of its workers with a four-year

[R76] Rep. McNamara honors pastor with Distinguished Hoosier Award (6/24/2012)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Start Date: 6/24/2012 All DayEnd Date: 6/24/2012Rep. McNamara honors pastor with Distinguished Hoosier Award STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R- Mt. Vernon) honored Pastor Joe Easley of Central UMC Worship on Sunday with a Distinguished Hoosier Award. Pastor Joe Easley received his Distinguished Hoosier Award for his exceptional dedication

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Connecting parents to high quality options (6/19/2012)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Start Date: 6/19/2012 All DayEnd Date: 6/19/2012Child Care Online Connecting parents to high quality options Current research shows that from birth to age five, a child’s brain is the most prime for brain development, with over 90 percent of brain growth occurring during this period. This statistic tells us that a child’s environment and the

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Bringing Jobs to Indiana (5/29/2012)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Start Date: 5/29/2012 All DayEnd Date: 5/29/2012Bringing jobs to Indiana Last month, Indiana led the nation in private sector job growth by adding 15,400 jobs making our private sector grow at six times the national rate. This marks the fourth largest one-month increase in 22 years. During the last two years, the legislature has closely studied

[R76] Rep. McNamara honors New Harmony Faculty & Students (5/22/2012)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Start Date: 5/22/2012 All DayEnd Date: 5/22/2012Rep. McNamara honors New Harmony Faculty & Students STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R- Mt. Vernon) honored New Harmony School’s superintendent, school board, teachers and the final graduating class with two House resolutions at New Harmony School. The students and teachers were honored

[R-76] Rep. McNamara to honor New Harmony School Board (5/22/2012)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Start Date: 5/22/2012 All DayEnd Date: 5/22/2012Rep. McNamara to honor New Harmony School Board STATEHOUSE — Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Mt. Vernon) will honor members of the New Harmony School Board with Indiana House Resolution 64 today at 2 p.m. This presentation follows the resolution that was presented to the students of the final graduating class

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Supporting our US Military (5/22/2012)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Start Date: 5/22/2012 All DayEnd Date: 5/22/2012Supporting our US Military Like many of you, I am looking forward to the upcoming holiday weekend. On the long three day weekend, we are granted leisure time to spend with friends and family. As we are enjoying the barbeques and beginning of summer festivities, we must remember why we celebrate Memorial

[R76] Rep. McNamara: New Harmony Bridge Closure (5/21/2012)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Start Date: 5/21/2012 All DayEnd Date: 5/21/2012Rep. McNamara: New Harmony Bridge Closure The folowing statement is from Rep. Wendy McNamara (R- Mt. Vernon) on the closure of New Harmony Bridge. STATEHOUSE— “Although the bridge commissioners have closed New Harmony Bridge due to safety precautions, we will continue to look closely at options

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Scholarship opportunity for young women (5/15/2012)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Start Date: 5/15/2012 All DayEnd Date: 5/15/2012Scholarship opportunity for young women Politics has primarily been thought of as a man’s world. The saying used to be behind every great man, stands a great woman, but no longer do women need to stand behind a man to be great. Due to the profound efforts of some organizations, women are now

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11 (5/8/2012)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Start Date: 5/8/2012 All DayEnd Date: 5/8/2012Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11 Teachers are those that educate, provide knowledge and support children through the most vital years of life. They take on the incredible charge of preparing students for the road ahead. Teachers are not recognized nearly enough for their daily dedication to youth, but now

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Summer enrichment programs vital for students (5/1/2012)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Start Date: 5/1/2012 All DayEnd Date: 5/1/2012Summer enrichment programs vital for students In a few weeks, the final bell will sound signaling the end of another school year with our kids setting their sights on summer activities. They relish the reprieve from the rigors of learning and enjoy time spent outdoors. While summer is a wonderful time, as an

REMINDER: FEMA deadline approaching (5/1/2012)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Start Date: 5/1/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 5/1/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM The deadline is fast approaching - May 8 - for Clark, Jefferson, Ripley, Scott, Warrick and Washington county residents seeking federal storm recovery assistance in light of the severe weather that affected Southern Indiana last month. When registering, be ready with your:

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Let's be money smart (4/24/2012)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Start Date: 4/24/2012 All Day End Date: 4/24/2012 Let’s be money smart As legislators, we strive to be good stewards of taxpayer money. When crafting a budget to funding programs, we seek to make smart financial decisions for the State of Indiana. We understand that when smart money decisions are made not only do we achieve financial

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Legislators honor Mater Dei girls basketball team (4/17/2012)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Start Date: 4/17/2012 All Day End Date: 4/17/2012 Legislators honor Mater Dei girls’ basketball team STATEHOUSE – Rep. McNamara (R- Mt. Vernon), Rep. Crouch (R-Evansville), Rep. Bacon (R-Chandler) and Sen. Tomes (R-Wadesville) honored the Mater Dei girls’ basketball team on Tuesday, April 17th with a House Resolution. The

[R76] Rep. McNamara April: Child Abuse Prevention Month (4/17/2012)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Start Date: 4/17/2012 All DayEnd Date: 4/17/2012April: Child Abuse Prevention Month April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a critical month designed to increase public awareness and educate people on this issue. We must work together to try and eradicate child abuse from our society, one child’s death is one too many. A report of child abuse is made

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Getting INShape in our backyard (4/10/2012)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Start Date: 4/10/2012 All DayEnd Date: 4/10/2012Getting INShape in our backyard Southwest Indiana is filled with great parks, trails and outdoor recreational facilities. These are vital to have in a community and help residents keep active and stay healthy. The State of Indiana knows the importance of staying healthy. A few years ago, INShape Indiana

[R76] Rep. McNamara: A caring community helps their own (4/3/2012)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Start Date: 4/3/2012 All DayEnd Date: 4/3/2012A caring community helps their own I want to bring to your attention a local Mount Vernon family who fighting a very tough battle. The Yieda family’s four year old little boy Mac is fighting for his life. Everyday Mac must endure ten hours of dialysis because his kidneys no longer function. The doctors

[R76] Rep. McNamara: Dangerous synthetic drugs now illegal (3/27/2012)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Start Date: 3/27/2012 All Day End Date: 3/27/2012 Dangerous ‘synthetic’ drugs now illegal One of the most important bills passed this session, I believe, makes a number of formerly legal but hazardous substances illegal to possess, transport or sell in the State of Indiana. I feel strongly that this bill will save lives by

[R76] Rep. McNamara recognizes Evansville Bicentennial Day (3/27/2012)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Start Date: 3/27/2012 All DayEnd Date: 3/27/2012Rep. McNamara recognizes Evansville Bicentennial Day STATEHOUSE – Rep. Wendy McNamara (R- Mt. Vernon) recognized Evansville Bicentennial Day, a day recognizing the purchase of 200 acres by Hugh McGary on March 27, 1812. The 200 acres purchased became the City of Evansville. “This is a landmark

[R76] Mortgage and energy assistance now available to Hoosier families (3/20/2012)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Start Date: 3/20/2012 All DayEnd Date: 3/20/2012Mortgage and energy assistance now available to Hoosier families Helping Hoosier families is always our top priority at the Indiana General Assembly. This year, to help families with mortgage foreclosure issues and energy assistance, we passed two critical bills. Many Hoosiers across the state are facing

[R 76] Rep. McNamara: 2012 Session Highlights (3/13/2012)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Start Date: 3/13/2012End Date: 3/13/20122012 Session Highlights The 2012 Legislative Session has concluded and even though this was a short session year, we accomplished many of our goals. We streamlined government processes by reducing the number of committees, commissions and boards, increased funding for full day kindergarten and State Fair victims and,

[R 76] Rep. McNamara: Sine Die Statement (3/9/2012)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Start Date: 3/9/2012End Date: 3/9/2012 “This legislative session, we worked hard to fulfill our promises to Hoosier families. We passed legislation that will fund full day kindergarten, streamline our state government, remove dangerous and illegal substances from store shelves and incentivize economic development through various tax credits and

[R 76] Rep. McNamara: Countdown to 'Sine Die' (3/5/2012)

Monday, March 5, 2012

Start Date: 3/5/2012End Date: 3/5/2012The 2012 legislative session is now in its final week. The General Assembly will ‘Sine Die’ in just four days. This final week is dedicated to conference committees and the finalization of bills that were amended in the opposite chamber of origin. Throughout the next few days, we will continue to vet

[R 76] Rep. McNamara: One child is too many (3/1/2012 - 3/5/2012)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Start Date: 3/1/2012End Date: 3/5/2012 End Time: Midnight One child is too many Rep. Wendy McNamara (R- Mt. Vernon) sponsored Senate Bill 286, a bill that works to give the Department of Child Services (DCS) more tools to protect Hoosier children. This bill had bi-partisan support with Rep. Noe (R-Indianapolis) and Rep. Klinker (D-Lafayette) joining her in

[R76] Ensuring appropriate sentencing for juveniles (2/23/2012)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Start Date: 2/23/2012 All DayEnd Date: 2/23/2012Ensuring appropriate sentencing for juveniles Crimes are committed every day by both young and old alike. This is especially highlighted when juveniles are those that are serving their debt to society. Some juveniles, because of their crime, are tried as adults. Though the court views them as adults,

[R 76] Rep. McNamara: Go Red for Women (2/16/2012)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Start Date: 2/16/2012End Date: 2/16/2012 Throughout the month of February the female members of the Indiana General Assembly have been raising awareness about heart disease in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for adult women and kills approximately one woman every minute. Unfortunately though, most women do not know that this is their

[R 76] Rep. McNamara: Legislation let to pasture (2/14/2012)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Start Date: 2/14/2012End Date: 2/14/2012 Agriculture is critical to the economic health of not only rural areas but the entire state. Of course we in Posey County already know this, which is why I supported many House bills this session that help this vital industry continue to thrive. We are blessed in Posey County to have a rich farming tradition and I

[R 76] Rep. McNamara: House bills move to the Senate (2/7/2012)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Start Date: 2/7/2012End Date: 2/7/2012 Last week signified the halfway point for the 2012 legislative session. All bills have now switched chambers and we will turn our focus to the discussion of Senate bills. We spent many hours vetting legislation to ensure we were able to send our bills to the Senate by the deadline. One bill which received much

[R 76] Rep. McNamara ensures juveniles are appropriately sentenced (1/30/2012)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Start Date: 1/30/2012End Date: 1/30/2012 Rep. Wendy McNamara’s (R- Mt. Vernon) House Bill 1365 gives the Department of Corrections (DOC) and judiciary options when sentencing juveniles. The bill passed out of the House on Friday and will now be discussed in the Senate. The bill allows for juveniles convicted as adults to remain in the juvenile

[R 76] Rep. McNamara: Important legislation of 2012 (1/27/2012)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Start Date: 1/27/2012End Date: 1/27/2012 Last year during the 2011 legislative session, we were charged with fulfilling two constitutional mandates. They issued that we craft a biennial budget for the fiscal years 2012 and 2013 and that we draw new Indiana House and Senate and Congressional maps. Why we have no constitutional mandates this year, we still

[R76] Rep. McNamara hosts Legislative Youth Council visitors (1/26/2012)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Start Date: 1/26/2012End Date: 1/26/2012 Rep. Wendy McNamara (R- Mt. Vernon) hosted sixteen students from the Indiana Legislative Youth Council (ILYAC) at the Statehouse on Wednesday. ILYAC is a body of Indiana youths from across the state that serve in an advisory capacity to the Indiana General Assembly and report on issues affecting young adults in

[R76] General Assembly Hosts ILYAC (1/24/2012)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Start Date: 1/24/2012End Date: 1/24/2012 General Assembly Hosts ILYAC This Wednesday, I have the privilege of hosting sixteen students from the Indiana Youth legislative Council (ILYAC) at the Statehouse. ILYAC is a body of Indiana youths from across the state that serve in an advisory capacity to the Indiana General Assembly and report on issues

[R76] T is for Taxes (1/16/2012)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Start Date: 1/16/2012End Date: 1/16/2012 Legislation is finally beginning to make its way through the legislative process at the Indiana Statehouse with many bills now filed, handed down and placed in committees. I filed my final bill last week, which would enable veterans’ pensions to be tax exempt. This would help us recruit top talent to work on

[R76] Rep. McNamara reacts to State of the State Address (1/10/2012)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Start Date: 1/10/2012End Date: 1/10/2012 “Governor Daniels has been an exemplary leader and it is an honor to be present at his final State of the State address. His policies have been innovative and forward thinking; he has made our state an example to others. “I believe he will continue to add to his legacy these last few months in office.

[R76] Addressing Meth (1/6/2012 - 1/12/2012)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Start Date: 1/6/2012End Date: 1/12/2012 End Time: Midnight Last week, I met with community leaders in Vanderburgh and Posey Counties to discuss an issue that affects communities all over Indiana – methamphetamine abuse. Together with local officials, police and fire chiefs and other Southern Indiana legislators, we have resolved to try and combat

[76] Where do you stand? (12/13/2011)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Start Date: 12/13/2011 All DayEnd Date: 12/13/2011Where do you stand? House District 76’s Legislative Survey As your state representative, it is vital to me that we keep the lines of communication open. A great way to facilitate this is for you to fill out my 2012 legislative survey. Your responses to this survey help me know where you stand on key

[r76] How a bill becomes a law: The Indiana legislative process (12/6/2011)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Start Date: 12/6/2011 All DayEnd Date: 12/6/2011How a bill becomes a law The Indiana legislative process How does a bill become a law? We all learned about this process in our high school government class and I had the opportunity to experience it firsthand last session. So, for those who have lost their high school notes, here is a lesson on how a bill

[76] A very blessed community (11/29/2011)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Start Date: 11/29/2011 All DayEnd Date: 11/29/2011A very blessed community As the holiday season approaches and as Thanksgiving festivities wind down, I find myself incredibly thankful for the many blessings in my life and for the many good people and organizations who bless our community. I feel especially thankful for those organizations which serve

[76] Getting organizedť for session (11/22/2011)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Start Date: 11/22/2011 All Day End Date: 11/22/2011 Getting “Organized” for session Today is a very important day at the Indiana Statehouse, in fact today, Organization Day, is technically a session day, even though session doesn’t start until January 4. This is a day, as its name states, where we get organized and ready

[76] United-we can make a difference (11/15/2011)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Start Date: 11/15/2011 All DayEnd Date: 11/15/2011United-we can make a difference Many non-profits are feeling the impact of the recent economic downturn. They are seeing increased need and decreased donation. These charities provide invaluable services in our community. It is important to me that our community continues to help one another which is why I

[76] Honoring Hoosier Heroes at Home and Abroad (11/8/2011)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Start Date: 11/8/2011 All DayEnd Date: 11/8/2011Honoring Hoosier Heroes at Home and Abroad George Washington once said, “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by the

[76] A place to call home: Lucas Place II (11/1/2011)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Start Date: 11/1/2011 All DayEnd Date: 11/1/2011 State House A place to call home: Lucas Place II Did you know that one out of every three homeless individuals is a veteran? To me, this is completely unacceptable and hopefully is to you too. Veterans have fought for the freedoms we enjoy and we must do more to support them. Everyone deserves a home to go

[76] Harmonie State Park (10/26/2011)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Start Date: 10/26/2011 All DayEnd Date: 10/26/2011 State House A community treasure: Harmonie State Park A great state park resides in our community—Harmonie State Park. From a swimming pool to miles of trails and even a Nature Center, there is something for everyone at this park. Located on the banks of the Wabash River, the scenic views are

[76] Vanderburgh County Community Foundation (10/25/2011)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Start Date: 10/25/2011 All DayEnd Date: 10/25/2011 State House Making charitable visions realized Vanderburgh County Community Foundation The Vanderburgh County Community Foundation has been bringing people who care about the community, deserving non-profits and residents together for over 13 years. The foundation oversees 100

[76] Posey County Community Foundation (10/18/2011)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Start Date: 10/18/2011 All DayEnd Date: 10/18/2011 State House Building a better community Posey County Community Foundation The Posey County Community Foundation is a vital resource for our community. Since 1992, they have worked to pair local donors with charities they feel passionate about helping. The foundation

[76] Rep. McNamara: Celebrating Indiana's 195th Birthday (10/17/2011)

Monday, October 17, 2011

STATEHOUSE—State Representative Wendy McNamara (R-Indianapolis) is encouraging local fourth graders to participate in an essay competition in conjunction with “Indiana Statehood Day,” a celebration of Indiana’s 195th birthday. The Indiana Statehouse Tour Office is sponsoring the competition. “This essay competition is a great

[r76] The Public Education Foundation (10/11/2011)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Start Date: 10/11/2011 All DayEnd Date: 10/11/2011Kids FirstThe Public Education Foundation'Kids First,' I have said this before, but this truly sums up what I believe the foundation of education reform in this country needs to be built upon. If every piece of legislation passed was centered on this fundamental principle, we can truly begin to equip all

[76] Rep. McNamara commends local law enforcement (10/3/2011)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Start Date: 10/3/2011 All DayEnd Date: 10/3/2011Rep. McNamara commends local law enforcement STATEHOUSE- State Representative Wendy McNamara (R- Mt. Vernon) commends local law enforcement officials for their hard work in a recent drug sweep that led to the successful apprehension of twenty individuals. “I want to thank all of our law enforcement

[r76] Rep. McNamara commends local law enforcement (10/3/2011)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Start Date: 10/3/2011 All DayEnd Date: 10/3/2011Rep. McNamara commends local law enforcement STATEHOUSE- State Representative Wendy McNamara (R- Mt. Vernon) commends local law enforcement officials for their hard work in a recent drug sweep that led to the successful apprehension of twenty individuals. "I want to thank all of our law enforcement officials

[r76] Good neighbors make good neighborhoods (9/27/2011)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Start Date: 9/27/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/27/2011Good neighbors make good neighborhoods We all know the old adage "good fences, make good neighbors," but I disagree. Good neighbors make good neighborhoods and fences do nothing but perhaps keep the dog in the backyard. Neighborhood organizations and associations are great for communities. They make them

[r76] Rep. McNamara: Assistance Available for Flood Victims (9/14/2011)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Start Date: 9/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/14/2011Rep. McNamara: Assistance Available for Flood Victims STATEHOUSE- State Representative Wendy McNamara (R- Mt. Vernon) is informing local residents and businesses of low-interest loans available for flood victims through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Beginning September 14th, residents,

[r76] Local Student Joins The Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council (9/12/2011)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Start Date: 9/12/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/12/2011Local Student Joins The Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council The Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council (ILYAC) is a body of 22 Indiana youths from across the state who serve in an advisory capacity to the Indiana General Assembly and report on issues affecting young adults in Indiana. The council

[r76] Wanted: House Republican Interns (9/6/2011)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Start Date: 9/6/2011 All DayEnd Date: 9/6/2011Wanted: House Republican Interns The Indiana House of Representatives is accepting applications for the 2012 legislative session. This internship is a great opportunity to learn about state government, the legislative process and to attain valuable skills in a professional work environment. Qualified candidates

[r76] The Results of Research: Posey County Community Corrections (8/30/2011)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Start Date: 8/30/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/30/2011The Results of Research Posey County Community Corrections In 2008, Posey County Community Corrections was established to decrease rates of recidivism and help offenders become productive members of society. Posey County Community Corrections is an intensive, results driven, research based program that

[r76] Rep. McNamara studies transportation and education issues (8/25/2011)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Start Date: 8/25/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/25/2011Rep. McNamara studies transportation and education issues STATEHOUSE -Rep. Wendy McNamara (R- Mt. Vernon) attended the Joint Study Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions and the Interim Study Committee on Education this week. The Joint Study Committee on Transportation,

[r76] Roads-path to strong economy (8/16/2011)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Start Date: 8/16/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/16/2011Roads-path to strong economy Road construction, we have all driven through it. Felt frustrated by it. Asked ourselves how can this take so long? Sometimes road construction can feel less like the construction of a road and more like the construction of chaos. Keeping our infrastructure up-to-date is

[r76] Innovation Key to Success (8/5/2011)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Start Date: 8/5/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/5/2011Innovation Key to Success The definition of innovation is to change or to renew, and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) epitomizes what it means to be innovative. The school corporation has implemented new school models into many of its classrooms enabling a focus to be placed on key subjects,

[r76] New school year brings new enrichment programs (8/5/2011)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Start Date: 8/5/2011 All DayEnd Date: 8/5/2011New school year brings new enrichment programs This school year, the students of Posey County have exciting new programs to participate in. From a new Fine Arts Academy to the implementation of full day kindergarten to a place where kids learn by doing to students continued involvement in Future Farmers of

[r76] Coffee House Camaraderie (7/19/2011)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Start Date: 7/19/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/19/2011Coffee House Camaraderie One of the best parts about our community is the camaraderie of the people who live here and the feeling of connectedness. This is most visible in the morning coffee shops, where many of our community's veterans come together to share their morning cup of joe. In this era of mass

[r76] Rep. McNamara: District 76 Awarded Two Community Development Grants (7/13/2011)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Start Date: 7/13/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/13/2011Rep. McNamara: District 76 Awarded Two Community Development Grants STATEHOUSE - Rep. Wendy McNamara (R- Mount Vernon) congratulated District 76 for receiving two Community Focus Fund grants today. The City of Mount Vernon received $524,287 today for their storm water project and the Town of Poseyville

[r76] Projects, Pigs and Posey County (7/12/2011)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Start Date: 7/12/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/12/2011Projects, Pigs and Posey County It is once again time for the Posey County 4-H Fair. The fair kicked off Saturday night with the Duchess, Queen and Princess Pageants and last night the Posey County Saddle Club had a great time hosting their Fun & Games Horse Show. The fair will run this year from July

[r76] Lemonade stand operator today, CEO tomorrow (7/5/2011)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Start Date: 7/5/2011 All DayEnd Date: 7/5/2011Lemonade stand operator today, CEO tomorrow Summer vacation is in its prime, which means it's once again time for kids to bring out the old folding table, grab some lemons and ice and start perfecting the classic recipe for lemonade. For decades, kids have participated in the American tradition of opening a

[r76] Helping Hoosier Farmers (6/21/2011)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Start Date: 6/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/21/2011Helping Hoosier Farmers Agriculture has been a staple of Indiana's economy from the time our state was first settled to present day. Hoosier farmers bring immense value to our state from providing Indiana with a robust industry to supplying our farmers markets. This legislative session, it was important to me

[r76] "The land of the free and the home of the brave" (6/20/2011)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Start Date: 6/20/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/20/2011"The land of the free and the home of the brave" Our nation's 235th birthday is just around the corner and celebrating our independence has been a long standing tradition in America. We are "the land of the free and the home of the brave," and it is appropriate that we commemorate this occasion each year

[r76] Preparations for the 2012 Legislative Session commence (6/14/2011)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Start Date: 6/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/14/2011Preparations for the 2012 Legislative Session commence The legislative session lasts only a few months out of each year, but preparation and work transpires throughout the interim. The first official meeting for the 2012 General Assembly commenced last Tuesday, when Indiana's Legislative Council met. The

[r76] HEA 1004: Pro-business, pro-transparency (6/7/2011)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Start Date: 6/7/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/7/2011HEA 1004: Pro-business, pro-transparencyOn Thursday of last week, Governor Daniels signed one of four key economic development bills into law. One of those bills, House Enrolled Act 1004, was a bill which I co-authored. This bill represents a significant step toward making our government's spending more

[r76] Job Creation Incentive Bill signed into law (6/2/2011)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Start Date: 6/2/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/2/2011Job Creation Incentive Bill signed into law HEA 1004 co-authored by Rep. McNamara STATEHOUSE - Rep. Wendy McNamara (R- Mount Vernon) coauthored House Enrolled Act 1004 this legislative session. The bill was one of four key economic development bills signed by the Governor at the Statehouse on Thursday where

[r76] Educators elicit excellence (6/1/2011)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Start Date: 6/1/2011 All DayEnd Date: 6/1/2011As the 2010-2011 school year approaches its end, I would like to commend our teachers and students who worked hard to make it a success. The teachers in our community worked diligently throughout the year to instill life lessons and inspire belief in potential upon our youth that will endure. We are fortunate

[r76] A Flood Emergency (5/24/2011)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Start Date: 5/24/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/24/2011A disaster emergency was declared in 34 counties in our area by Governor Daniels. This declaration is a step toward requesting and hopefully receiving federal aid. Many counties, including Posey, Vanderburgh and Gibson, have damaged roads, downed power lines and ruined property due to the recent flooding

[r76] Indiana--a good place to do business (5/19/2011)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Start Date: 5/19/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/19/2011 Recently, Indiana was ranked the best place to do business in the Midwest and the sixth best place to do business in the nation according to Chief Executive Magazine. This is a big jump from just one year ago when Indiana was ranked sixteenth in the United States. Our growth on this ranking is testament to

[r76] Rep. McNamara Thanks Local Law Enforcement (5/18/2011)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Start Date: 5/18/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/18/2011STATEHOUSE -Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Mount Vernon) commends local law enforcement for the work they do every day to protect the community of Southwest Indiana and to make it safe. She is saying thank you in honor of May 15th through the 20th being National Police Week. "These men and women put their lives on

[r76] The 2011 General Assembly's Legislative Highlights (5/10/2011)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Start Date: 5/10/2011 All DayEnd Date: 5/10/2011 2011 General Assembly's Legislative Highlights There were many issues facing the Indiana General Assembly when I showed up on January 5th to begin my first legislative session. The issues ranged from ways to spur economic development to cell phone laws. I along with my House Republican colleagues worked hard

[r76] Rep. McNamara Delivers on Promises (4/29/2011)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Start Date: 4/29/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/29/2011 Protecting Hoosier Taxpayers House Republicans have repeatedly pledged to enact a responsible state budget which meets our critical needs with no tax increases. They cited in the past that with a fiscally sound budget comes predictability for both Hoosier taxpayers and Hoosier businesses. Since having made

[r76] The 2011 Legislative Session--Adjourned (4/29/2011)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Start Date: 4/29/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/29/2011 It took many long days working into the nights for my colleagues and I to make sure every piece of legislation was given the right amount of attention. These discussions happen in two ways, in conference committees where the House and the Senate debate amendments together and come to a compromise and then

[r76] Building relationships, crafting legislation (4/22/2011)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Start Date: 4/22/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/22/2011 Building and developing a strong working relationship with INDOT has been a top priority since our roads are in desperate need of attention. I have advocated for the fixing of our roads such as in Posey County, a safer route for trucks to turn west out of the Port, the "truck ruts" that line Highway 62 in

[r76] Investing today, empowering tomorrow (4/15/2011)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Start Date: 4/15/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/15/2011

[r76] Bill works to protect those in the most sensitive of situations (4/14/2011)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Start Date: 4/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/14/2011Rep. McNamara sponsors Department of Child Services bill Rep. Wendy McNamara (R- Mount Vernon) sponsored Senate Bill 465, which streamlines the Department of Child Services (DCS) and brings clarity to DCS programs. Rep. McNamara was joined on this bill by Rep. Vandenburgh (D-Crown Point) and Rep. Noe

[r76] Funds given to USI for new teaching theatre applauded by S. Ind. State Reps. (4/14/2011)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Start Date: 4/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/14/2011 The project will replace the existing theatre, costume shop and scene shop at USI. The proposed theatre will be approximately 21,929 square feet, will seat approximately 350 people, and will be constructed adjacent to the University Center. "I am so pleased USI will have the opportunity to build a new

[r76] Rep. McNamara's House Bill 1416 passes both chambers (4/11/2011)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Start Date: 4/11/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/11/2011 House Bill 1416 helps inmates gain valuable education Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Mt. Vernon) authored House Bill 1416, which requires inmates to have correspondence courses approved in advance by the Department of Correction (DOC). Co-authors on this bill were Rep. Battles (D-Vincennes) and Rep. Dermody

[r76] Putting Kids First (4/8/2011)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Start Date: 4/8/2011 All DayEnd Date: 4/8/2011

[r76] Working hard for Southwest Indiana (3/25/2011)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Start Date: 3/25/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/25/2011 We have been moving forward with work here at the Statehouse in an effort to have legislation passed that will help Hoosiers and their families. As of last Monday, House Republicans started to participate in Senate committee hearings on House bills and began holding our own informal House committee hearings

[r76] Rep. McNamara's bill works toward protecting Hoosier children (3/23/2011)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Start Date: 3/23/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/23/2011

[r76] Lack of attendence silences local voices (3/21/2011)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Start Date: 3/21/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/21/2011 Our local communities need representation, true representation, at the state level; they have problems that need solutions. How can we, the sixty or so that are here, solve problems when we are constitutionally prohibited from conducting business because we lack the quorum needed to do so? Even though we

[r76] Budget Overview (3/16/2011)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Start Date: 3/16/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/16/2011 Fiscal Years 2012/2013 Budget Overview House Republicans have embraced the principle of a "spending freeze" budget. Hoosiers across that state are making do with less, and so too should their state government. In this proposed budget, most executive branch agencies are held to actual Fiscal Year (FY)11

[r76] House Republican Freshman Galvanized for Democracy (3/14/2011)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Start Date: 3/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/14/2011 We entered the 2011 General Assembly with a passion to serve and a commitment to make a difference. Voters put us in charge to focus on jobs, a balanced budget with no new taxes and education improvement. In November we took an oath to uphold Indiana and our country's constitution. We quickly got to work

[r76] Rep. McNamara's Legislative Update E-newsletter (3/9/2011)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Start Date: 3/9/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/9/2011Rep. McNamara works with Posey County Schools to help resolve funding issues Rep. Wendy McNamara (R- Mt. Vernon) is working with Superintendents in Posey County to address financial forecast for schools' budgets. Posey County Schools are all facing reductions in their budgets. The estimates for the budget

[r76] Local students serve as pages for Rep. McNamara (3/4/2011)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Start Date: 3/4/2011 All DayEnd Date: 3/4/2011 They also worked alongside Rep. McNamara, legislative assistants and interns. The pages served on Monday, February 21st and experienced how a bill becomes a law as they watched legislators on the House floor debate issues. "The House Page Program is an educational way for students to gain a better

[r76] Rep. McNamara enforces guidelines for inmate education (2/16/2011)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Start Date: 2/16/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/16/2011 DOC reports that offenders are attempting to buy diplomas from out-of-state correspondence schools and then claiming to have earned credit time, thus allowing them to receive a reduced sentence. This bill would specify that correspondence courses be approved by the DOC and accredited by the Department of

[r76] Rep. McNamara calls for a child protection registry to be established (2/14/2011)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Start Date: 2/14/2011 All DayEnd Date: 2/14/2011 Currently, Michigan and Utah are the only two states who have established child protection registries. Both states' child protection registries are self sustaining programs. Indiana's child protection registry will closely resemble these two states' programs. The main provisions of this bill are: .

[r76] Meaningful Transparency in Government Budgets (1/12/2011)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Start Date: 1/12/2011 All DayEnd Date: 1/12/2011 Legislation would require the Auditor of the State and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to work with the Office of Technology (IOT) to establish and post on the Internet a database website including state expenditures and fund balances for educational institutions, local governments, and local

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Rep. McNamara and Rep. Sullivan wear sneakers for the Suits and Sneakers event.
Rep. McNamara Donates to ICADV on Org Day 2015