The General Assembly continues to put forth legislative proposals that will provide many benefits for Hoosiers across the state. As changes are implemented, I am confident that Hoosiers will begin to see the positive effects of our legislative efforts in their own personal situations. I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve the constituents of House District 23. I will continue to do my best to support programs that enhance the lifestyle in rural and small-town Indiana.
Speaker Pro Tempore
STATE REP. BILL FRIEND
Indiana House of Representatives: 1992 – present
House District 23: Includes portions of Cass, Fulton and Miami counties.
Address: 3340 W 900 N, Macy, Indiana 46951
317-232-9981 (During Session)
765-985-3885 (Outside of Session)
State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy) was first elected to serve the constituents of House District 23 in 1992. During his tenure at the Statehouse, Representative Friend has been a ranking member of the House Republican Leadership. Representative Friend was the Republican Floor Leader from 2002-2004 and was selected to serve as Majority Floor Leader after House Republicans won the majority in the 2004 election. Representative Friend's most recent appointment was the Republican Speaker Pro Tempore for the 119th Indiana General Assembly.
As owner and operator of Friend Farms and President of Green Acres Ham LLC, Representative Friend is a strong advocate for advancing rural communities across the State of Indiana. Throughout his career at the Statehouse, he has served on the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Natural Resources Committee, Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation and the Committee on Joint Rules. He also served on the House Ways and Means Committee from 1994-2002.
During the 2005 session, Representative Friend authored legislation that collected money from Indiana's cigarette tax to be dedicated to the Clean Water Fund within the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) budget. The Clean Water program will ensure productivity of Indiana soil and reduce the cost to taxpayers for cleaning ditches and waterways, which will ensure clean drinking water. Thanks to Representative Friend's leadership, this money will fund a popular program that has never been properly funded.
Representative Friend has also been a leading advocate for alternative energy by authoring and sponsoring legislation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Representative Friend's energy initiatives provide tax incentives for the production and use of alternative fuels. These initiatives will also help move Indiana forward economically by using some of the state's most abundant resources: corn and soybeans.
Outside of the Statehouse, Representative Friend contributes a significant amount of time to his community. He has served as the Allen Township Trustee and Assessor, Miami County Auditor, Vice President of the Miami County Council, Peru-Miami County Economic Development Corporation, Grissom Redevelopment Authority Treasurer, and Solid Waste District Fiscal Officer.
Representative Friend is a 1967 graduate of North Miami High School and 1971 graduate of the University of Indianapolis, receiving a B.A. in Biology. He currently resides in Macy, Indiana with his wife, Ann. They have three children, Chris, Mandy and Daniel, and two grandchildren, William and Sara Ann. Representative Friend also attends Mexico Baptist Church, where he has been a Sunday School Teacher for over 25 years.
Civic & Political Experience
House District 23 is comprised of the majority of Miami County and portions of Fulton and Cass counties in central Indiana.
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 22, 2016) — State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) joined fellow legislators at the Statehouse today for the Indiana General Assembly’s Organization Day.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 27, 2016) – State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) and State Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) presented Indiana Teacher of the Year Jitka Nelson with a Sagamore of the Wabash on Thursday for her dedication and commitment to education.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 13, 2016) – The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to pay for 80 percent of unforeseen costs in a Logansport road project after meeting with State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) and State Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport).
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 6, 2016) – Cass County was recently awarded over $2.4 million in federal funding from the Indiana Department of Transportation for a reconstruction project on County Road 400 S, according to State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy).
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 26, 2016) — Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy).
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 25, 2016) – “My thoughts and prayers are with all those who were impacted by the storms Wednesday. I am extremely thankful that there were no lives lost or reports of serious injury,” Friend said. “I’ve called upon the governor to provide the highest support to the areas that were impacted. Thank you, Gov. Pence, for all that you have already done for us. As we work together to rebuild, I know that our community will fully recover.”
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 15, 2016) — The Weishaar Farm was recognized on Friday with a Hoosier Homestead award for 100 years of family farm ownership, according to State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy).
The Weishaar Farm, located in Miami County, has been in operation since 1914 and received the Hoosier Homestead Centennial Award during a ceremony at the Indiana State Fair.
STATEHOUSE (May 24, 2016) — State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) attended Fire Ops 101 at the Peru Fire Department today, where he learned about what it takes to be a firefighter.
The Indiana General Assembly has adjourned Sine Die, meaning we have completed our business for the 2016 legislative session. It was an extremely productive session filled with several legislative accomplishments, including addressing road funding and ISTEP and supporting farmers. In January, House Republicans set a goal to fund Indiana’s infrastructure needs. During the last few weeks of session, lawmakers from both chambers crafted a plan together that will address our immediate road funding needs, while ensuring legislators come back next year during the budget session to discuss a more long-term plan.
The Statehouse is extremely busy right now. With standing committees done meeting, both Representatives and Senators are meeting in conference committees seeking the best results. Once both chambers agree on the final product, bills will then be eligible for consideration by the governor to be signed into law.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 29, 2016) — State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) recently welcomed the following student pages to the Statehouse:
With the end of session just weeks away, legislation is being debated and voted on. As your state representative, it is my duty to listen to your thoughts and opinions and vote in our district’s best interest. I greatly appreciate your continued input this session, as it helps me represent your voice at the Statehouse.
It's an observation I made in a previous column, but it must be repeated: Fulton County can really turn out a crowd for a third house. Last Saturday morning, with the temperature at four degrees, there were 100 people at the legislative informational meeting. The Chamber and Farm Bureau sponsored the get-together to discuss pending legislation and hear local concerns. I want to congratulate the residents of Rochester and Fulton County for their active involvement in self-government. As I told them, ‘Our democracy does not work without participation.’ Those folks turn out, and they speak up!
The legislature has officially passed the halfway point. The deadline for bills to be heard and passed out of their chambers of origin has come and gone. Many bills have switched chambers as both the Senate and House finished deliberation on their respective bills, while most did not advance. Ultimately, there is only so much time to seriously consider proposals. I would like to review a handful of important bills concerning education, highway funding, fighting methamphetamine labs, Sunday alcohol sales and police body cameras.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2016) – State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) welcomes local resident, Abigail Smith, to the Statehouse where she is interning with the House of Representatives during the 2016 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 8, 2016) — State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) recently welcomed the following student page to the Statehouse:
Maintaining Hoosier highways and roads is a constant, ongoing obligation. Whatever the price of gas might be, potholes must be filled and roads must be maintained. If no action is taken in how we fund road construction and maintenance, we will all face mounting costs in terms of traffic congestion and road surface conditions. Already, the average Hoosier spends $366 per year in car repairs stemming from road quality. To address our current funding shortfalls and future needs, House Republicans proposed and passed House Bill (HB) 1001. This road funding bill was built upon three principles: fiscal responsibility, data-driven metrics and sustainable funding. All three are essential in maintaining a safe, efficient roads system to drive our economy; we do not want to create and leave a long-term debt for our children and our grandchildren in the form of crumbling and obsolete transportation infrastructure.
I would like to encourage you to attend the ISM College Planning event in our community.
During the legislative session, Saturday meetings in the district are called Third House Sessions. The meetings are usually sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau or the Chamber of Commerce, and the public is invited and encouraged to participate. Area legislators speak and then field questions and concerns from the audience. This past Saturday, I attended a Third House in Fulton County at the Akron Community Center. The attendance was excellent! Over 60 citizens were in the audience and very much engaged. State Reps. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville), Tim Harman (R-Bremen) and myself, along with Sen. Randall Head (R-Logansport), complimented Fulton County for participating in their state government. It is heartwarming for elected officials to have the public attend and appreciate the work done by the Indiana General Assembly.
This session of the General Assembly is moving along at a rapid pace. Committees are hearing bills and discussing topics. There have been 430 House bills filed and 400 Senate bills filed.
INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 19, 2016)– State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) paired his sneakers with his suit today at the Statehouse to help raise cancer awareness.
The clock keeps ticking, days come and go and the weeks roll on by. Our family has learned through the events of 2015 that life continues regardless of what is thrown at us. We look forward to 2016, and the many blessings to come.
INDIANAPOLIS (NOV. 19, 2015) — “As a proud Indiana farmer, I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) said. “Agriculture is an integral part of our state’s economy, and I will continue to be a strong advocate for farm families and agricultural producers across the state.”
Today marks Veterans Day and an opportunity to thank our military members – both past and present – for their service to our nation.
It’s important we stand up for our men and women in uniform, and their families who have sacrificed so much in the name of freedom. We are blessed to live in a country where our rights are guaranteed and power belongs to the people.
STATEHOUSE — State Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy) congratulates the Leedy Farm and the Robert F. McConnell Farm in Miami County for receiving a Hoosier Homestead Award. Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann presented the awards to the families at the Indiana State Fairgrounds during a ceremony on Friday.
STATEHOUSE — House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) has announced the interim study committee assignments for the Indiana House of Representatives. State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy) has been selected to serve on two study committees: the Interim Study Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Interim Study Committee on Environmental Affairs.