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 responsible family, we will sit together at our desks on the House floor and in the committee rooms of this building – and work through the monumental issues facing our state,” said newly reelected Speaker of the House, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis).
State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) was re-elected to represent House District 44, which now includes all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.
“I am deeply honored with the opportunity to once more represent our community in the General Assembly,” said Rep. Baird. “I strongly support the focus of the upcoming session which is on financial security, job creation and strengthening education. Indiana is already a leader in private sector job growth but there are still veterans, students and individuals unable to find work. We must continue to reinforce our economy by working to pass a balanced budget and by creating incentives for small business owners –our job creators.”
In October, the House Republican Caucus released their legislative agenda, making it clear that their focus will be on financial integrity, jobs and education. That focus was echoed today as the 69 House Republicans prepared for the upcoming session with a resolve to accomplish those priorities and continue to propel Indiana to be a state where Hoosiers have the ability to own their American Dream.
“Knowledge is the key to success for our state’s future,” said Rep. Baird. “We must continue to promote the highest quality education system while improving career and technical instruction in our schools. It is our duty to set Hoosier students up for success by providing them with training and the tools they need to accomplish their goals and create their own American Dream.”