It is an honor to serve and represent the people of House District 53. It is my goal to work with my constituents to preserve our agricultural prominence and strong Hoosier values. My website has been designed to give you more information on our district, to aid you in navigating state government, and to keep you informed on the issues I am working on at the Statehouse. Please feel free to contact me with any issues, concerns or comments.
House District 53
STATE REP. BOB CHERRY
Indiana House of Representatives: 1998-Present
House District 53: Portions of Hancock and Madison Counties
Address: 3118 E 100 S, Greenfield, IN 46140
Toll-free Statehouse: (800) 382-9841
Direct line: (317) 232-9651
Education: B.S., Purdue University
State Representative Bob Cherry has had the opportunity to serve the State of Indiana in many ways since elected as state representative for House District 53. He became a member of the General Assembly in 1998 after developing an interest in public policy and a desire to represent the people of District 53.
During the 2013 legislative session, Cherry co-sponsored Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 319, which prevented an estimated tax increase of $57 million for farmland across the state. To the relief of countless Hoosiers, the soil productivity factors used for the March 2011 assessment of agricultural land remained in place for property taxes payable in 2014.
As the Budget Subcommittee Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Cherry was involved in creating and passing the state budget in 2013. Without overspending, the budget increased K-12 education funding by $390 million over the biennium and allotted $215 million per year for roads and bridges. The budget also contained a blend of tax relief including the immediate elimination of the Death Tax, reduction of the Financial Institutions tax, continued corporate income tax reduction and phased in income tax cut of 5%. In addition to the state budget, Cherry also supported measures that brought tax incentives to businesses looking to locate in Indiana as a way to grow the Hoosier economy.
Cherry remains equally as involved in his local community in Hancock and Madison counties. He previously served as a Hancock County Councilman and as a member of both the Hancock County Planning Commission and Greenfield Board of Zoning Appeals. He was appointed by the governor to the State Board of Tax Commissioners and is the former Chair of the Agricultural Advisory Council. He is a member of the Elks, Kiwanis Club, Masonic Lodge, Murat Shrine and Farm Bureau. In August of 2007, Cherry received a 33rd Degree in Scottish Rite.
He has received numerous “Legislator of the Year” awards from various organizations, including the Credit Union, Small Businesses and the Conservation Officers. Cherry was also the recipient of the outstanding Purdue Alumni in Animal Science in 2007. He received his B.S. from Purdue University and remains involved in Boilermaker activities.
Cherry and his wife Deborah have five grown children: Keegan, Kevin, Kathee, Stephanie and Jared. They also have 14 grandchildren. Cherry is a member of the Willow Branch United Methodist Church. He and Deb live and work on their family farm near Greenfield.
House District 53 includes large portions of Hancock and Madison counties in central Indiana.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 13, 2017) — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded two local communities grants to make infrastructure improvements, according to State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield).
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 25, 2017) — “The additional funds from the Community Crossings grant will go a long way in maintaining our local roads and completing many critical highway projects. Reliable roads and bridges, along with culverts and other similar structures, provide safe avenues for Hoosiers and out-of-state visitors to travel throughout Indiana. With every sector of our economy impacted by our roadways, it is vital that we continue to invest in infrastructure projects at every level.”
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 21, 2017) — Local communities will receive state matching grants to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield).
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 6, 2017) – State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) joined lawmakers during an Interim Study Committee on Government meeting Wednesday to discuss possible solutions to eliminate food deserts.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 18, 2017) – Hoosier job seekers now have access to new resources to find better-paying jobs thanks to the recently launched Next Level Jobs initiative, according to State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield).
STATEHOUSE (July 31, 2017) — “These local road improvements are just the start of our commitment to keeping Hoosier roadways safe and functional. With the Community Crossings Program now in its second year and the newly created Next Level Roads plan underway, our community can expect to see even more infrastructure projects that will boost our local and state economies.”
STATEHOUSE (July 14, 2017) — “It’s encouraging to see this investment of more than $64 million in our roadways does not create debt or place the financial burden on future generations. Over the next five years, our communities will see more than 200 miles of road lanes resurfaced and nearly 40 bridges rehabilitated or replaced. In order to maintain our reputation as the Crossroads of America, we need to remain focused on supporting our transportation infrastructure.”
STATEHOUSE (July 6, 2017) — State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) was recently named to four summer study committees, which examine assigned topics, gather testimonies and recommend potential legislation.
STATEHOUSE (June 12, 2017) — Madison County is now eligible to participate in On My Way Pre-K, an early education pilot program established in 2014, according to State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield).
STATEHOUSE (May 17, 2017) — Local students planning to pursue a career in education are among the recipients of this year’s Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship, according to State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield).
We recently concluded all business for this legislative session and adjourned Sine Die. The House of Representatives started the session with 681 bills filed and ended with 127 House Enrolled Acts. Two of the biggest bills this session were the state’s biennial budget and our long-term road funding plan. Both were discussed up until the final minutes of the legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (April 27, 2017) — “This is a budget that Indiana can be proud of. We maintained a balanced budget that ensures our state continues to live within its means – just as hardworking Hoosiers do every day. While funding our priorities, like education and public safety, we maintained our crucial reserves to protect taxpayers in the event of an economic downturn.”
STATEHOUSE (April 26, 2017) — State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.
At the Statehouse, the 2017 session is quickly coming to a close. All of the proposed legislation still under consideration is nearing the end of the process. There is a long procedure for a bill to become a law to ensure that only fully vetted bills are enacted.
Lately, our great state has been receiving a large amount of positive recognition. Indiana’s government, business climate, unemployment rate and personal income growth are all factors propelling Hoosiers straight to the top.
STATEHOUSE (March 21, 2017) – State Rep. Bob Cherry’s (R-Greenfield) bill helping local RV dealers attract out-of-state consumers could soon be law.
The Indiana House of Representatives crafted and approved a proposal for the state’s next biennial budget, which is now being considered by the Senate. The budget appropriates funds to various services like K-12 and higher education, public safety and Medicaid. As vice chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, I worked with fellow lawmakers to help draft a fair and balanced budget.
We have officially reached the halfway point of this legislative session. This means that it’s time for the bills to switch chambers. The bills that have been voted on and passed by the House of Representatives are now being sent to the Senate, and Senate bills can now be considered by the House.
STATEHOUSE (March 1, 2017) — State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) recently welcomed the following student pages to the Statehouse:
Children who receive a high-quality early childhood education oftentimes see a number of positive benefits related to their education and careers. Research shows that they are more likely to graduate high school and will have higher wage-earning potential. Additionally, these children are less likely to need remediation and less likely to be incarcerated in their lifetime.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 16, 2017) – A local graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2017 legislative session.
Indiana needs a long-term, sustainable solution for our transportation infrastructure needs. As vice chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, I am working with my fellow representatives to build on years of research to create a data-driven plan that best serves Hoosiers.
Last week, Gov. Eric Holcomb gave his first State of the State address. He discussed his main pillars of transformational priorities and our collective goal to take Indiana to the next level. We share many of the same priorities.
The 120th Indiana General Assembly started this past week, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of our community and Hoosiers across the state. As this year’s budget session begins, there are a few issues that have my attention.
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 22, 2016) — State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) joined fellow legislators at the Statehouse today for the Indiana General Assembly’s Organization Day.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 6, 2016) – Hancock County was recently awarded $1.2 million in federal funding from the Indiana Department of Transportation for a bridge replacement project, according to State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield).
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 29, 2016) — State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) and fellow Republican members of the Indiana House of Representatives are seeking interns for the upcoming 2017 legislative session, which runs from January through April.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 24, 2016) — Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield).
Hoosiers have a lot of traditions. Whether it’s eating pork tenderloin sandwiches the size of your head, producing food for the nation with our great farmlands or growing closer together with our strong family values, Indiana has a lot to be proud of. These traditions, along with many others, are the reason over 6 million people call the Hoosier state home. Our tradition for working hard and striving to be one of the best states in the Midwest is unparalleled. And, it’s getting noticed far and wide, more and more.
STATEHOUSE (March 28, 2016) — State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) congratulates the Justice Farm from Madison County for their designation as a Hoosier Homestead Award recipient and 150 years of family farm ownership.
At the start of the 2016 legislative session, House Republicans set goals that would benefit Hoosiers. Our top priority focused on funding Indiana’s infrastructure needs. Over the past few months, leaders of the General Assembly worked together to find an infrastructure plan that would address our immediate road funding needs. I am confident that the plan we passed will take care of our roads now, while laying the framework for lawmakers to address long-term road funding next year.
There is a growing drug epidemic in Indiana. Our state’s methamphetamine lab numbers are up. The Indiana State Police have reported a 126 percent increase in heroin cases since 2012. Due to this crisis, the Department of Corrections has seen an uptick in offender recidivism, a person’s relapse into criminal behavior. To make Hoosier communities safer, House Republicans are committed to curbing illegal drug use and trafficking. While I was unable to attend the first half of this session due to medical reasons, I was happy to see my fellow lawmakers support legislation targeting these problems. I am grateful to be back at the Statehouse working with my fellow legislators. We sent many bills to the Senate for consideration dealing with stricter penalties for dealing in large amounts of narcotics, addressing Hoosier addiction disorders and restricting criminal’s access to the key ingredient used to manufacture meth.
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 (Oct. 16, 2015) – State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) today announced Indiana will pay off its federal unemployment loan early leading to significant savings for Hoosier businesses.
STATEHOUSE — House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) has announced the interim study committee assignments for the Indiana House of Representatives. State Rep. Bob Chery (R-Greenfield) has been selected to serve on three study committees.
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