Ed Soliday

Ed Soliday

Assistant Majority Floor Leader | District 4

Contact Information

Phone: 317-232-9815

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h4@iga.in.gov

Press Contact

Emily Gaylord

Phone: 317-232-9824

Email: emily.gaylord@iga.in.gov

2016 Digest of Enactments

It is an honor to serve the residents of District 4. I appreciate that you have taken the time to visit my website. It is my hope that this site will serve as a valuable resource for Northwest Indiana, its residents and visitors to our communities.

Your thoughts and opinions are very important to me. Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns that you may have. Communication is essential to achieving our goals here at home and for the rest of the state. As your state representative, I will work to serve the best interests of Porter County, as well as the rest of Northwest Indiana.

Ed Soliday
State Representative
District 4

Indiana House of Representatives: 2006 - present

House District 4 Includes: The city of Valparaiso, all of Center, Union and Washington townships and portions of Liberty and Jackson townships

Committees:

Roads and Transportation (Chairman)
Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications
Veterans Affairs and Public Safety
Elections and Apportionment
Rules and Legislative Procedures
Counter Terrorism & Security Council

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

Telephone:

(800) 382-9841 (Toll-free)
(317) 232-9619 (Direct)

Occupation: Aviation Safety Consultant

Education: Valparaiso H.S.; Indiana University

State Representative Ed Soliday was born and raised in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he has lived for over 50 years. He attended Valparaiso High School, where he ran cross-country, played basketball and ran track and field. He is married to the former Mary Kay Wagoner of Hebron and they have two grown children. He and Mary attend Calvary Church. While living in Valparaiso, Ed has served on the Valparaiso Planning Commission and the Valparaiso Board of Parks and Recreation. He is a former member of the Valparaiso Lions Club and Valparaiso Rotary. He was appointed by the Governor to the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission and a member of the Northwest Indiana Challenger Learning Center Board. 

While serving as a pilot with United Airlines, Ed was asked to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Kids Alive International, a group of international children's homes in various locations around the world. Ed and his wife served with Kid's Alive without remuneration for over 10 years.

Representative Soliday was employed by United Airlines for over 35 years as a pilot, Human Factors Instructor, Flight Manager, and Senior Staff Executive, serving the last eleven as Vice President of Safety, Quality Assurance and Security, responsible for Flight Safety, Aircraft Cabin Safety, Occupational Safety, Environmental Compliance, Operational Quality Assurance, Security, Computer Security and Emergency Response. Captain Soliday was responsible for crisis management during 9/11 at United. During his career Captain Soliday flew the DC-6, DC-8, Boeing 727, Boeing 737-200, -300, -500, the Boeing 767-200, BOEING 767-300 and Boeing 757-200, logging over 14,000 hours of flight time.

Representative Soliday began his aviation career as a partner in a flight school and charter operation at Gary airport flying Cessna, Piper and Beech aircraft. He joined United Airlines at age 21 as a flight engineer. Three years later he left United to fly AH-1G Cobra attack helicopters in Vietnam. In the Army he flew the UH-1H Huey, the H-13, H-23, UH-1H and the AH-1G Huey Cobra, serving as a combat pilot, maintenance officer and test pilot.

During his career at United he made significant contributions in the development of emergency response methodologies, flight crew human factors safety initiatives, Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Device development, Flight Operations Quality Assurance programs (digital performance monitoring and analysis), joint, union/management occupational safety initiatives, code share and express carrier auditing, aviation industry security screening technology deployment and risk analysis. He was an early pioneer of Safety Management Systems.

He has served on numerous aviation safety related advisory boards and commissions including the Gore Commission's Aviation Security Baseline Working Group and founding co-chairman of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team, chairman of the Flight Operations Quality Assurance Advisory Rulemaking Committee, past chairman of the Air Transport Association Safety Council, the International Air Transport Association Flight Safety Committee, past Chairman of the Star Alliance Safety Committee, and the Air Transport Association Environment Executive Sub-Committee, past chairman of the ATA Environmental Committee, the Executive Board of the Flight Safety Foundation, the NASA Aviation Safety Program Executive Panel, The National Academy of Sciences Sub-Committee on Transportation Security Technology, the National Academy of Sciences Decadal Survey of NASA Aeronautics Research-chairman of the Complex Integrated Systems Panel as well as several other National Academies studies and peer reviews. He served as adjunct professor of Aviation Safety and Security at George Washington University1999 thru 2007 and as a member of the Adler Planetarium Board of Trustees.

Among his awards are the Bendix Trophy for Aviation Safety, the Vanguard Trophy and the Laura Tabor Barbour International Air Safety Award, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Federal Aviation Administration Distinguished Service Awards, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. In 2009, the Commercial Aviation Safety Team, of which Captain Soliday was the founding co-chair, received the prestigious Collier Trophy for reducing the commercial aviation fatal accident rate by 83% in ten years and producing the longest period without a commercial aviation fatality in the history of the industry.

He served on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Global Airline Industry Program Advisory Group, The National Academies of Sciences Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.

Representative Soliday also serves on several not for profit boards including: Board of Regents of Trinity International University and Chairman of the Board of Emmanuel Hospital Association. 

He has served as an aviation consultant to many organizations including the Rand Corporation, the Boeing Company, Greenbriar Equity, LLP, Skadden & Arp, Quirk & Bachelor, LLP and Condon & Forsyth, LLP.

 

House District 4 includes all of Union, Center and Washington townships and portions of Liberty and Jackson townships in Porter County.

Soliday: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, August 25, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 25, 2016) —Porter County and eight local communities received nearly $3.8 million in state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso). This year, Soliday authored legislation establishing the state’s Community Crossings matching grant fund, which will provide about

Soliday to chair Roads, Transportation summer study committee

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, June 23, 2016

STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2016) — State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) will be serving as chair of the Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation and as a member of the Funding Indiana’s Roads for a Stronger Safer Tomorrow (FIRSST) task force. In preparation for the 2017 legislative session, which begins in January, interim study

Soliday earns top score from Indiana Chamber

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Monday, May 16, 2016

STATEHOUSE (May 13, 2016) — State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) earned a perfect score on the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Vote Analysis for his support of pro-economy, pro-jobs legislation. Soliday’s score is based on his performance during the 2016 session of the Indiana General Assembly and his votes cast in

Rep. Soliday: $45M initiative to restore I-94 to begin in May

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, April 28, 2016

STATEHOUSE (April 28, 2016) – State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) announced today that the Restore I-94 project will begin in May, with construction ramping up on four major portions of the highway stretching from Illinois to Michigan. “We are taking care of what we have, finishing what we started and building for the future” Soliday

Region lawmakers call for railroad hearing in Porter County

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Wednesday, April 6, 2016

STATEHOUSE (April 6, 2016) – State Reps. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) and Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron) urge the Surface Transportation Board to schedule a public hearing in Porter County regarding the proposed Great Lakes Basin Transportation Inc. (GLBT) rail line. The 278-mile rail line proposed by GLBT would run through Porter County, which is one

Soliday's bill to streamline BMV signed by governor

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, March 24, 2016

STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2016) – Gov. Mike Pence today signed State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1087 into law restructuring the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). HEA 1087 simplifies the provisions of Indiana Code that govern the BMV, streamlines registrations and driver’s licenses and reduces complexity within the

Governor signs Soliday's road funding bill

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Wednesday, March 23, 2016

STATEHOUSE (March 23, 2016) – Gov. Mike Pence today signed State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1001 into law providing funding for state and local roads. HEA 1001 directs $186 million upfront to a local road and bridge matching grant account. The bill also redirects 1.5 cents of the 7 cents of sales tax on gasoline

Rep. Soliday welcomes student pages to the Statehouse

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, March 17, 2016

STATEHOUSE (March 17, 2016)—State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) recently welcomed the following student pages to the Statehouse: Cade Robbins, from Valparaiso, attends Thomas Jefferson Middle School; Joey Roytan, from Valparaiso, attends Thomas Jefferson Middle School; Lilly O’Shea, from Valparaiso, attends Saint Paul Catholic School; Nathan

Rep. Soliday: Bill to keep roadways clear after accidents goes to governor

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Friday, March 4, 2016

STATEHOUSE (March 4, 2016) – State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) bill that would require motorists involved in auto accidents to move their vehicles to the side of the road and out of harms way now moves to the governor’s desk where it could be signed into law. House Bill (HB) 1048 works to increase the safety of motorists involved in

Rep. Soliday: Porter County student gaining experience with the legislature

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Monday, February 22, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 22, 2016) – State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) welcomes Porter County resident, Berkley Ramsey, to the Statehouse where he is interning with the House of Representatives during the 2016 legislative session. Ramsey, a resident of Valparaiso, is the son of Robert and Kimberly Ramsey. A Valparaiso High School graduate, Ramsey

Rep. Soliday welcomes student pages to the Statehouse

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Monday, February 8, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 8, 2016) — State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) recently welcomed the following student pages to the Statehouse: Julia Kranjac, from Valparaiso, attends Valparaiso High School; Casey Szumanski, from Chesterton, attends Chesterton Senior High School; and Anna Anton, from Chesterton, attends Chesterton Senior High School. As a House

House advances road funding bill

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Tuesday, February 2, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 2, 2016) – Members of the Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) bill that would provide funding dedicated to maintaining and improving Indiana’s roads and bridges. “This plan is a data-driven solution to repair and maintain our state’s roads and bridges

House ways and means committee advances road funding bill

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Monday, February 1, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 28, 2016) – The House Ways and Means Committee voted in favor of State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) bill providing sustainable, long-term road funding for the state of Indiana. “As the Crossroads of America, Indiana needs to improve and maintain its infrastructure,” Soliday said. “This bill is a

Soliday's bill to streamline BMV moves to Senate

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, January 21, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 21, 2016) – The House of Representatives voted unanimously today in support of State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) bill restructuring the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). “We worked in a bipartisan manner to produce clear and comprehensive legislation that will positively impact Hoosiers and help the BMV become more

Soliday: Key House Committee advances road funding bill

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Wednesday, January 20, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 20, 2016) – The House Roads and Transportation Committee passed State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) bill proposing responsible, long-term road funding solutions for Hoosiers. “The bill’s purpose is to provide a sustainable, data-driven plan to fund our present and future infrastructure needs without creating debt

Rep. Soliday responds to Sen. Hershman’s infrastructure investment proposal

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, December 10, 2015

Note to the press: Please include the following statement from House Roads and Transportation Committee Chairman State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) in your coverage of State Senator Brandt Hershman’s infrastructure proposal:

Rep. Soliday comments on Democratic Leader Pelath’s infrastructure investment proposal

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, November 9, 2015

Note to the press: Please include the following statement from House Roads and Transportation Committee Chairman State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) in your coverage of Democratic Leader Scott Pelath’s infrastructure proposal:

Rep. Soliday comments on governor’s infrastructure investment proposal

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Note to the press: Please include the following statement from House Roads and Transportation Committee Chairman State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) in your coverage of Governor Mike Pence’s infrastructure proposal:

Rep. Soliday congratulates local family on long-standing farm

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, August 14, 2015

STATEHOUSE- State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) congratulates the Kuehl family for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fair.

Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority bill signed into law

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Wednesday, July 22, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) authored House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1398, co-authored by State Representative Hal Slager (R-Schererville), which will continue funding to the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA). HEA 1398 was ceremoniously signed into law by Governor Mike Pence.

Rep. Soliday congratulates Hoosier Heroines Essay Winner

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, March 27, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) congratulates Lilly O’Shae from Saint Paul Catholic School in Valparaiso for winning the 7th grade category of the Hoosier Heroines Essay Contest.

[r15] Local lawmakers champion South Shore extension bill

Posted by: Lindsay Devlin  | Wednesday, February 25, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Hal Slager (R-Schererville) authored House Bill (HB) 1618 which would provide state matching grants to the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) for certain projects. Co-authored by State Representative Ed Soliday (R- Valparaiso), HB 1618 passed out of the House unanimously. “Making the South

Local lawmakers champion South Shore extension bill

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Hal Slager (R-Schererville) authored House Bill (HB) 1618 which would provide state matching grants to the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) for certain projects. Co-authored by State Representative Ed Soliday (R- Valparaiso), HB 1618 passed unanimously out of the Roads and Transportation Committee and was referred to the Ways and Means Committee for further consideration and debate. 

Rep. Soliday joins Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, January 30, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), fellow legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse Thursday in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to raise awareness of the fight against cancer. 

Rep. Soliday’s student transfer bill passes House

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, January 27, 2015

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) authored legislation that would allow a student to transfer to a school a corporation outside of their district under special circumstances. The bill passed unanimously out of the Indiana House of Representatives on Monday. 

House Page Program now accepting applications

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, December 22, 2014

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) is encouraging Hoosier students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. The program offers students 13 to 18 years old the chance to visit the Statehouse and see a full day of legislative activity.

Rep. Soliday appointed as Chairman of Roads and Transportation Committee

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, December 5, 2014

STATEHOUSE- House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced standing committee assignments today for the 119th General Assembly.  Standing committee assignments are made biennially after each election.

Rep. Soliday selected to lead

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, November 20, 2014

STATEHOUSE – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced that Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) will be serving in a leadership capacity for the Indiana House Republican Caucus as an Assistant Majority Floor Leader.

Organization Day spotlights domestic violence awareness

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, November 18, 2014

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) joined House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), fellow legislators, staff and other state office holders in donating bedding, towels and other supplies to the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) at the Statehouse.

Accountability is our Responsibility

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, October 20, 2014

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), along with Indiana House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and other members of the House Republican Caucus, unveiled the 2015 House Republican Legislative Agenda. They outlined their plan to increase accountability for all Hoosiers while strengthening Indiana in four major categories: Budget, Education, Ethics and Public Safety.

Legislation strengthening Indiana’s infrastructure signed into law

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, April 3, 2014

STATEHOUSE – Legislation strengthening Indiana’s transportation system was signed into law by the governor. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1002, co-authored by the Chairman of the House Committee on Roads and Transportation, Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), was part of the House Republicans’ 2014 Legislative Agenda. Chairman Soliday joined Indiana House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) for the ceremonial signing today at the Indiana Department and Transportation (INDOT) Traffic Management Center in Indianapolis.

Strengthening Indiana’s infrastructure a major 2014 session accomplishment

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, March 13, 2014

STATEHOUSE – At the start of the 2014 session, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), joined by other House Republicans, unveiled the Working on Progress legislative agenda. One of these priority bills, House Bill (HB) 1002, was a joint effort between State Representatives Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) and Chairman of Ways and Means Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) to connect crossroads to communities by improving Indiana’s transportation system. HB 1002 was approved on final passage with a vote of 95 to 4 in the Indiana House today.

Morgan Township Elementary honored by General Assembly

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Wednesday, February 12, 2014

STATEHOUSE – Today, the General Assembly honored Morgan Township Elementary, a National Blue Ribbon Schools Award recipient, for the school’s academic excellence and outstanding student achievement. The resolution, sponsored by State Representatives Rick Niemeyer (R-Lowell) and Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) and authored by Senator Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso), was presented to East Porter Schools Superintendent Rod Gardin and Morgan Township Elementary School Principal Michelle Friesen-Carper during ceremonies held in both the House and Senate chambers.

House gives a boost to state and local roadways

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, February 3, 2014

STATEHOUSE – Today, a priority bill to improve Indiana’s transportation system passed out of the House with overwhelming bipartisan support and will now go to the Senate for further discussion. House Bill (HB) 1002, a joint effort between State Representatives Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) and Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville), authorizes the Budget Agency to transfer funds, already approved in the biennial budget, to the State Highway Fund to address Indiana’s current infrastructure needs.

Alternative road funding study heads to the Senate

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, January 24, 2014

STATEHOUSE – A bill creating a two-year study to consider road funding alternatives passed out of the House today with overwhelming bipartisan support and will now go to the Senate for further consideration and debate. State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), coordinating with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), authored House Bill (HB) 1104 to address the state’s infrastructure needs by studying various mechanisms to sustain and improve Indiana’s transportation system.

Local lawmaker awarded Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, January 13, 2014

STATEHOUSE – The Indiana Farm Bureau (IFB) presented State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) with the Legislator of the Year Award during a ceremony held in Indianapolis. IFB President Don Villwock awarded Rep. Soliday for his outstanding legislative leadership as well as his efforts to improve Indiana’s transportation system by working to increase road funding for local governments.

Local lawmaker awarded Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, January 13, 2014

STATEHOUSE – The Indiana Farm Bureau (IFB) presented State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) with the Legislator of the Year Award during a ceremony held in Indianapolis. IFB President Don Villwock awarded Rep. Soliday for his outstanding legislative leadership as well as his efforts to improve Indiana’s transportation system by working to increase road funding for local governments.

Road funding increase set as 2014 session priority

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, January 10, 2014

STATEHOUSE – Recently, Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) was joined by fellow House Republicans for the unveiling of their 2014 Legislative Agenda. Titled “Indiana: Working on Progress”, the agenda focused on five key concepts to make Indiana a stronger state. Roads and Transportation Committee Chairman Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) and Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) were instrumental in one of those concepts by working on legislation to increase road project funding in order to connect crossroads to communities.

Rep. Soliday presented with Special Meritorious Service Award

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, October 18, 2013

STATEHOUSE – Recently, the Indiana Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) presented State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) with the Special Meritorious Service by an Elected Official Award. During the Indiana MPO’s annual conference in Terre Haute, Rep. Soliday received the award for his efforts to improve the condition of Indiana’s transportation infrastructure over the last two years.

Prestigious Sagamore presented to Bruce Leetz

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, June 27, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), along with other elected officials, had the privilege of recently presenting Indiana Beverage CEO Bruce Leetz with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award on behalf of Governor Mike Pence. The Sagamore is the highest honor that the governor can bestow and is only presented to distinguished Hoosiers who have made incredible contributions to the state. This month celebrates Leetz’s 50th year in business, creating countless jobs in Northwest Indiana.

Rep. Soliday receives summer study committee assignments

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, June 21, 2013

STATEHOUSE – House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) appointed State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) to serve as the Chairman of the Joint Study Committee on Transportation Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions. He will also serve as a member of the Regulatory Flexibility Committee, Special Group Recognition License Plate Committee, Counter Terrorism and Security Council and Public Highway Private Enterprise Review Board.

House Republican Legislative Priorities Achieved

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, April 29, 2013

STATEHOUSE - Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), announced the end of session, or Sine Die on Saturday morning, closing out a year of priorities achieved. The House Republican agenda, which was released in October, centered on making Indiana a stronger state for future generations by focusing on fiscal integrity, enhanced education opportunities, job growth and increasing transportation funding that will benefit every Hoosier.

Rep. Soliday appointed to National Committee

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, April 29, 2013

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) was recently appointed to the Council of State Government’s (CSGs) Transportation Public Policy Committee. The committee provides a forum for multi-state leaders to address state and national transportation and infrastructure concerns.

Rep. Soliday: House Republicans Honor Legislative Interns

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, April 15, 2013

STATEHOUSE — The Indiana House of Representatives took time this week to honor their legislative interns for their hard work, dedication and service to the General Assembly.

Rep. Soliday appointed by governor to the NIRPC

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, April 11, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) is honored to accept Governor Mike Pence’s recent appointment to the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC). Rep. Soliday joins the group of elected representatives from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties whose mission is to address regional issues regarding economic development, transportation and environmental policy.

Legislation strengthens internal controls of taxpayer dollars

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, March 22, 2013

STATEHOUSE – Legislation to protect Hoosier taxpayers passed unanimously out of the Senate on Tuesday. Authored by State Representatives Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), House Bill (HB) 1077 will now go to the governor’s desk and wait for his signature.

Specialty plate legislation passes the Senate with changes

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Wednesday, March 13, 2013

STATEHOUSE – Legislation making changes to Indiana’s specialty plate system unanimously passed the Senate yesterday, but a compromise on the legislation will be needed to reach the governor’s desk. House Bill (HB) 1279, authored by State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), with Senate sponsors Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) and Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne), will now go to conference committee, comprised of members from both chambers, for further consideration.

Specialty Plate: Bill increases fairness and manageability

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Wednesday, February 13, 2013

STATEHOUSE – House Bill (HB) 1279, authored by State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) and co-authored by State Reps. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville), Ed Clere (R-New Albany) Ed Delaney (D-Indianapolis) and Steven Stemler (D-Jeffersonville) passed through the House yesterday with a 92 to 6 vote. The bill will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

Organization Day charity drive focuses on giving back

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Saturday, January 19, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) joined House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), legislators, staff and other state office holders in donating sporting equipment and other items to Special Olympics of Indiana today at the Statehouse.

Rep. Soliday: House Page Program is a rewarding opportunity

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, January 4, 2013

STATEHOUSE — State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) is encouraging local students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. The program offers students 13 to 18 years old the chance to visit the Statehouse and see a full day of legislative activity.

Hoosier leaders draft legislation to safeguard taxpayer funds

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, December 14, 2012

STATEHOUSE – Hoosier leaders are drafting legislation to correct a recently discovered loophole by the Porter County Council. House Representatives Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) and Chuck Moseley (D-Portage) alongside State Senators Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) and Karen Tallian (D-Portage) are together drafting legislation to clarify the meaning of the statute, ensuring the system of checks and balances is positioned firmly between the Porter County Commissioners and County Council.

Rep. Soliday is vital to House leadership team

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, December 4, 2012

STATEHOUSE – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced that Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) will be serving in two leadership capacities for the Indiana House Republican Caucus. In addition to being the Assistant Majority Whip, Rep. Soliday will also be the Chairman of the Roads and Transportation Committee.

Jobs and education paramount focus for 2013

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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.

Jobs and education paramount focus for 2013

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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.

Own Your American Dream

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, October 4, 2012

STATEHOUSE- Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), joined by a dozen of his House Republican colleagues, announced the House Republican Agenda today which focuses on making Indiana a stronger state for future generations. State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) is pleased to support this announcement.

Northview Elementary awarded as 2012 National Blue Ribbon School

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, September 7, 2012

STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) congratulates Northview Elementary School for being recognized as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School.

Rep. Soliday recognized as “pro-jobs” legislator

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, July 23, 2012

STATEHOUSE – The annual Legislative Vote Analysis completed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce ranked Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) as having one of the strongest pro-jobs voting records for the 2012 session.

Rep. Soliday: Little Calumet flood control passes House

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, January 30, 2012

STATEHOUSE—A bill authored by State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) to solve the problem of flooding on the Little Calumet River passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 84-10. House Bill (HB) 1264 now moves to the Senate for their consideration.

Rep. Soliday: Defining the future needs of Indiana's roads

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Wednesday, September 7, 2011

STATEHOUSE - The Joint Study Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Assessment and Solutions, chaired by State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), met on Tuesday to hear testimony from multiple organizations in Indiana about their suggestions for current and future needs regarding transportation and infrastructure in Indiana.

Rep. Soliday congratulates local school's success

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, June 23, 2011

STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) congratulates Kankakee Valley High School for having one of the most outstanding graduation rate increases in Indiana.

Rep. Soliday comments on House adjourning Sine Die

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, April 29, 2011

STATEHOUSE - "We have successfully reached many of our goals this session and have fulfilled our promises to Hoosiers. One of our top priorities was to adopt a balanced state budget without raising taxes and we were able to do so while also keeping almost 5 percent in reserves, which is considered to be a best business practice.

Rep. Soliday applauds announcement to increase K-12 education funding

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, April 15, 2011

STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) is applauding a joint announcement made Friday morning by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Speaker of the House Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) that, due to an increase in state revenues, funding for K-12 education in Indiana will be increased by $150 million in the upcoming state budget as well an extension of full-day kindergarten across the state.

Rep. Soliday's bill to study transportation, infrastructure solutions signed by governor

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, March 24, 2011

STATEHOUSE - Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law House Bill 1371 that was authored by State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso). The bill will establish a joint study committee on transportation and infrastructure assessment and solutions.

Rep. Soliday paging students for 2011 session

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, January 3, 2011

STATEHOUSE - State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) is encouraging students ages 13-18 to sign up for the Indiana House Page Program. The program allows students to view and participate in the day-to-day activities of the General Assembly and the Statehouse.

Rep. Soliday Appointed to Interim Study Committees

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, June 7, 2010

STATEHOUSE-Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) has been named to two interim study committees that will make policy recommendations to the Indiana General Assembly when it reconvenes in January. Rep. Soliday has been assigned to the Commission on Military and Veterans Affairs and the Regulatory Flexibility Committee.
The Commission on Military and Veterans Affairs is charged with studying: state contracting with disabled veterans.

STATEMENT: Soliday on Governor Daniels' signing of Senate Enrolled Act 382

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, March 18, 2010

STATEHOUSE-Statement from Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) regarding Governor Daniels' signing of Senate Enrolled Act 382 into law:

Soliday Votes to Give Schools Much-Needed Flexibility

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Saturday, March 13, 2010

STATEHOUSE-Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) today voted in support of two measures that will deliver much needed flexibility to school corporations. This session, lawmakers sought to reach agreement on how to alleviate the affects of the much-publicized budget cuts required by the administration as a result of state revenue shortfalls.

Soliday Statement on Governor Daniels' State of the State Address

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Wednesday, January 20, 2010

STATEHOUSE-Please include the following statement from Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) in your coverage of Governor Daniels' State of the State address:

Constitutional Property Tax Caps Pass House, Advance to Senate

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, January 12, 2010

STATEHOUSE- Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) released the following statement today in response to the passage of HJR1, the constitutional amendment to permanently cap homeowner's property taxes. The measure passed the House by a vote of 75 to 23.

Rep. Soliday Statement on HB1001

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, June 30, 2009

(STATEHOUSE) - Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) offered the following statement about House Bill 1001, the budget bill:

Rep. Soliday: Governor Requests Federal Assistance for Jasper and Lake Counties

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Wednesday, April 8, 2009

STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2009) - Jasper and Lake counties are among the 13 counties for which federal assistance has been requested because of recent storm damage, according to Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso).

Rep. Soliday Challenges Colleagues to Pledge Support for Tax Caps

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Wednesday, April 1, 2009

House Republicans today challenged every House Democrat to call on Speaker Pat Bauer to allow a vote on permanent tax caps this session.

Gov. Daniels Signs Rep. Soliday-Sponsored Bill into Law

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, March 24, 2009

(STATEHOUSE) March 24, 2009 - Gov. Mitch Daniels has announced that Indiana will become "the world's clean-coal leader" after signing a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso). The bill, signed today, allows synthetic natural gas (SNG), made from coal, to be sent to Hoosier homes. The bill's author was Sen. Brandt Hershman.

Eligible Hoosiers to Receive Unemployment Assistance Deadline Extension

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, March 19, 2009

STATEHOUSE (March 19, 2009) - Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) would like to make Hoosiers aware that the Indiana Department of Workforce Development today announced that those who have exhausted their state and federal unemployment benefits, may be eligible for an additional 13 weeks of unemployment assistance.
Those eligible will be notified by mail beginning this week and will be able to check their benefit end date on their homepage on the state's online filing system, Uplink.

Reps. Soliday and VanDenburgh Honor Former State Representative James C. Conlon

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, March 12, 2009

(STATEHOUSE) Mar. 12, 2009 - The House today passed a resolution, authored by Reps. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) and Shelli VanDenburgh (D-Crown Point), honoring former Rep. James Charles Conlon for his many contributions to his community and the state of Indiana.

Rep. Soliday Honors Two Chesterton High School Teams

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, March 10, 2009

(STATEHOUSE) Mar. 10, 2009 - State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) today honored Chesterton High School's swim and debate teams for their exceptional performance in competition.

Rep. Soliday's Statement on the Passing of House Bill 1001

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, February 20, 2009

(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 20, 2009 - Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) offered the following statement about House Bill 1001, the budget bill:

Soliday: Collaboration Creates Best Public Policy

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Thank you for your recent editorial regarding Indiana House Bill 1486. As you know, good law is usually created through a process of respectful idea sharing in an environment of openness and candor.

Rep. Soliday Offers Opportunity to be a Page

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Thursday, January 15, 2009

(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 15-, 2009 - State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) is offering opportunities for area students who are interested in serving as single-day pages in the Indiana House of Representatives.  By serving as a House page, students are given the opportunity to view and participate in the day-to-day activities of the General Assembly. 

Rep. Soliday Appointed Assistant Minority Whip

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Wednesday, January 7, 2009

(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 7, 2009 - State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) was appointed as the assistant Republican whip by Republican Leader Brian C. Bosma. Rep. Soliday will serve in this role for the next two years.

Rep. Soliday Returns to Statehouse Today for Legislative Organization Day

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, November 18, 2008

(STATEHOUSE) Nov. 18, 2008 - Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) was sworn in today as a member of the 116th General Assembly during the legislature's Organization Day. Rep. Soliday has represented District 4 since 2006.

Rep. Soliday pleased emergency alert bill passed to Senate

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Wednesday, January 30, 2008

(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 30, 2008 - The House passed the emergency alert system advisory committee bill, co-authored by Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), in a vote of 90-4 today. The bill will now move to the Senate.

Rep. Soliday's Bill Provides Military Service Credit for Retired Teachers

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, January 29, 2008

(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 29, 2008 - Retired teachers who have served in the armed forces would receive credit for their service in their retirement fund under a bill passed 82-9 Tuesday by the House of Representatives. House Bill 1013, co-authored by Rep. Ed Solidly (R-Valparaiso), grants up to six years of service credit in the teachers' retirement fund, under certain conditions, for a member's past active duty military service.

Rep. Soliday Supports Mass Transit Bill

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, January 29, 2008

(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 29, 2008 - The first step in improving the service of the South Shore Railroad to northwest Indiana was achieved today by as the House of Representatives passed House Bill 1220. Rep. Ed Soliday voted in support of the bill, which passed by a 54-41.

Rep. Soliday Creates Stricter Penalties for Disarming Law Enforcement Officers

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, January 28, 2008

(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 28, 2008 - The House of Representatives on Monday passed House Bill 1074, authored by Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), by a vote of 89-1. House Bill 1074 makes it a Class C felony if a person knowingly and intentionally takes a firearm or weapon from a law enforcement officer or from within the immediate proximity of the officer without the officer's consent while the officer is engaged in the performance of official duties. The bill also enhances this crime to a Class B felony if the officer is injured and to a Class A felony if an officer dies or if the officer is injured and a firearm was taken.

Rep. Soliday recognizes Valparaiso Parks and Recreation for awards

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Sunday, January 20, 2008

(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 20, 2008 - Congratulations to the Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation. The department last Wednesday received three service awards at the Indiana Parks and Recreation Association state conference.

Rep. Soliday recognizes Valparaiso Parks and Recreation for awards

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Sunday, January 20, 2008

(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 20, 2008 - Congratulations to the Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation. The department last Wednesday received three service awards at the Indiana Parks and Recreation Association state conference.

Rep. Soliday Creates Stricter Penalties for Disarming Law Enforcement Officers

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Tuesday, January 15, 2008

(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 15, 2008 - The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday passed House Bill 1074, dealing with the disarming of a law enforcement officer, authored by Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso). The bill makes it a Class C felony if a person knowingly and intentionally takes a firearm or weapon from a law enforcement officer or from within the immediate proximity of the officer without the officer's consent while the officer is engaged in the performance of official duties.

Rep. Soliday Focuses on Jobs &Economic Development Through South Shore Expansion

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Monday, September 17, 2007

(STATEHOUSE) September 18, 2007 - State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) voiced his support on the need for expanding the South Shore Commuter Railroad to Valparaiso and Lowell at the September 17, 2007 Tax and Finance Hearing.

Interim Study Committees Begin

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Friday, July 20, 2007

(STATEHOUSE) July 20, 2007 - State Representative Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) has been assigned to four statutory study commissions and committees aimed at preparing the General Assembly for important issues that will likely be discussed during the next legislative session. House Leaders appointed Rep. Soliday to serve on the Regulatory Flexibility Committee, Joint Study Committee on Mass Transit and Transportation Alternatives, Illiana Expressway Proposal Review Committee and the Northwest Indiana Transportation Study Commission.

Rep. Soliday congratulates Hoosier Heroine Essay Contest winner Lilly O'Shea.
Rep. Soliday discusses legislation with a colleague on the House floor.
Rep. Soliday reviews legislation.