It is an honor and a privilege to represent House District 58. Our district contains rural, urban and small town environments just minutes away from Indianapolis, which makes it very unique. It is my goal to work with constituents to maintain our great schools, affordable housing and positive employment opportunities in House District 58. My website has been designed to give you information on our district, to assist you in navigating state government and to inform you of the issues I am working on. Please feel free to contact me with any issues, concerns or comments.
House District 58
Indiana House of Representatives: 1988- Present
House District 58: Greenwood, New Whiteland, Whiteland and Clark Township
Address: 69 Meadow Lane, Whiteland, IN 46184
Occupation: Real Estate Broker, Carpenter Realtors
State Representative Woody Burton has been a key player in promoting positive change for Indiana since joining the state Legislature in 1988.
One of Rep. Burton’s legislative priorities has been to permanently repeal property taxes in Indiana. During the 2007 session, he was instrumental in passing legislation that capped property taxes. In 2010, he supported legislation to allow a constitutional amendment to permanently cap property taxes on the November 2010 ballot.
In addition to property tax relief, Rep. Burton has been diligent in working to improve the mortgage industry through improving foreclosure prevention programs, increasing land bank opportunities and instituting tax incentives for businesses to renovate empty buildings.
Rep. Burton was also the driving force behind the “In God We Trust” state license plate and is proud that Hoosiers have the option to acquire this plate at no extra charge. More than two million Hoosiers have already purchased this plate.
During the 2013 legislative session Rep. Burton authored legislation that removes the requirement that the person whose name appears on the vehicle registration must sign it. Rep. Burton received multiple phone calls from people who had been given a hefty ticket for failing to sign their vehicle registration; an infraction which they were unaware even existed. As the result of this law, individuals who fail to sign their vehicle registration will no longer be subject to a Class C infraction.
Rep. Burton also coauthored legislation that focuses on bullying in schools. After hearing numerous cases of students taking their own lives as a result of bullying, Rep. Burton felt compelled to act. This new law requires the Department of Education to develop guidelines to assist school corporations in establishing bullying prevention programs, reporting procedures and disciplinary rules.
Over the years, Rep. Burton has received the following awards:
Rep. Burton and his wife, Volly, have been married for 33 years and are active members of Franklin Memorial Christian Church. They also work together in the real estate brokerage business. The couple has three children and six grandchildren. The legislative branch of government is a family affair for the Burtons. His brother, Dan Burton, served as the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 5th Congressional District for 30 years.
House District 58 consists of the northeast corner of Johnson County in central Indiana.
STATEHOUSE — Legislation authored by State Representative Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) and sponsored by Senator Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) to provide resources for teachers to identify students with dyslexia was ceremonially signed into law by the governor.
STATEHOUSE — House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1108, authored by State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland), was signed into law by Governor Mike Pence. HEA 1108 requires that aspiring teachers be instructed in how to recognize dyslexia and other reading disorders in their students. This will allow them to teach their students more effectively according to their needs.
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