As a lifelong resident of Northeast Indiana, I am honored to represent citizens across House District 50. As your voice in the Indiana House, I will continue to help encourage economic development and fiscal integrity, which in turn will create a positive business environment that can foster job creation opportunities. A strong community deserves strong representation within the Indiana House, and I will continue to advocate for folks in Huntington, Wells and Allen counties. I encourage citizens in our area to contact me with any questions or concerns.
House District 50
Indiana House of Representatives: 2002-Present
House District 50: Includes all of Huntington County and portions of Wells and Allen counties.
Prior to his service as a public official, Rep. Leonard was a member of many economic development committees in his community. He has served as past president of the South Side Business Association in Huntington County, president of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce and Salvation Army board member in the region. From 1978 to 2017, Rep. Leonard owned and operated the South Side Furniture Company in Huntington. Economic development and job creation are among Rep. Leonard's top priorities.
In his free time, Rep. Leonard enjoys researching Indiana's Native American history and piloting his 1946 Ercoupe. Rep. Leonard has been a member of the Indiana Freemasons since 1971 and served as the Grand Master of the Indiana Masonic Grand Lodge from 1991-92.
House District 50 includes all of Huntington County as well as western Wells County and southwestern Allen County. To find your House District, click here.
Note to the Press – Please include the following statement from State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) in your coverage of in your coverage of Indiana Auditor of State Tera Klutz announcing the state will end the fiscal year with $1.1 billion in excess reserves, triggering an automatic taxpayer refund. While the final refund amount will not be calculated until later this year, early estimates suggest the refund could be as high as $170 per individual filer or $340 for joint filers. In Indiana, reserve balances in excess of 12.5% of the next year's budget is required to be split, with half dedicated to pay down pension obligations and the other half given back to taxpayers. According to the report, about $545 million will go to taxpayers and another $545 million toward pension liabilities. This will be the second time Hoosiers will receive an automatic taxpayer refund since the law passed in 2011.
STATEHOUSE (July 15, 2021) – "Wisely spending taxpayer money is the most important task lawmakers face each year, and one I don't take lightly. Strong conservative leadership over the past decade culminated this year with historic investments in our state's future and economy. We've built back our healthy reserves quicker than most states in the Midwest and around the country. Because of this, we find ourselves in an enviable position of returning what we do not need to those who entrust us with their hard-earned money."
STATEHOUSE (July 6, 2021) – State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) said Hoosiers should be aware of several new state laws now in effect, including the state budget and those increasing broadband access, and supporting small businesses and K-12 education.
STATEHOUSE (April 30, 2021) – Indiana recently awarded more than $2.2 million in state matching grants to local communities for road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntintgton).
STATEHOUSE (April 20, 2021) – "Education funding continues to be a top priority for Hoosiers, with Indiana investing half of its budget in K-12 education. The new two-year state budget increases Indiana's education spending to historic levels, with $1.9 billion in new funds being invested in Hoosier schools. Combined with federal stimulus dollars, the state's 293 school corporations should be on solid financial ground to invest in student learning and increased teacher salaries," said State Rep. Dave Heine, chair of the House Ways and Means Local Government Finance Subcommittee.
"This budget responsibly pays down state pension debt, especially to the pre-1998 teacher pensions, which will provide Indiana with more flexibility and opportunity to make investments in the future. The new budget plan also makes short- and long-term investments in Hoosier priorities, like education and infrastructure, which will continue moving Indiana in the right direction," said State Rep. Dan Leonard, member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
"A little more than a decade of conservative leadership allowed Indiana to manage through the pandemic and set us up to make historic investments in our state's future. This is no small feat, especially as other states are looking to cut budgets or take on debt. We also made it a priority to boost Indiana's reserves over the coming years to ensure we are prepared for any future downturns," said State Rep. Chris Judy, member of the House Ways and Means Committee
STATEHOUSE (April 17, 2021) – Area legislators recently volunteered at Community Harvest Food Bank to help distribute food items to local families in need.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) – “Crafted with a careful focus on Hoosier priorities, this budget proposal provides a two-year fiscal blueprint of the state's operations. Indiana has stood above a great majority of states in terms of our financial stability in recent years. Our prudent reserves have helped us manage this tough year, and we will maintain those to help protect against any future economic downturns."
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2021) — The House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee yesterday voted to advance legislation authored by State Rep. Craig Snow (R-Warsaw) and co-authored by Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) helping Hoosier grain farmers recoup losses when facing grain mill failures.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2021) — The House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee Wednesday voted to advance legislation authored by State Rep. Craig Snow (R-Warsaw) and co-authored by Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) helping Hoosier grain farmers recoup losses when facing grain mill failures.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 19, 2021) – Indiana residents age 65 and older are now eligible to register for a free COVID-19 vaccine, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 19, 2020) – Hoosiers can vote absentee-in-person at several locations across Huntington, Allen and Wells counties until Nov. 2, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 13, 2020) – State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) encourages local communities to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 22, 2020) – State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) encourages local residents to register to vote or check their registration status before the Oct. 5 deadline using the state's online voter portal at IndianaVoters.com.
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 15, 2020) – State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) encourages local college students and recent graduates looking to gain valuable work experience to apply online for a paid internship with the Indiana House of Representatives at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 7, 2020) – Area legislators recently announced the latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.
STATEHOUSE (July 30, 2020) – When students begin school in the coming weeks, a new opportunity to fulfill graduation requirements will be available to high school juniors and seniors to tutor younger students, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).
STATEHOUSE (July 17, 2020) – According to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington), 2020 Census responses are critical to future federal funding in local communities, and Hoosiers should respond now if they have not already done so.
STATEHOUSE (July 1, 2020) – With many new laws effective July 1, State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) said several important changes support Hoosier teachers, patients and farmers.
STATEHOUSE (May 27, 2020) – State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) encourages Hoosiers whose jobs were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to take advantage of tuition-free training grants offered through Indiana's Next Level Jobs program.
STATEHOUSE (May 18, 2020) – Local small businesses and nonprofits can now utilize the state's new online marketplace to request personal protective equipment, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).
STATEHOUSE (May 1, 2020) — Several area students pursuing a career in education recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).
STATEHOUSE (April 21, 2020) – State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) said many helpful mental health resources are available to Hoosiers during the coronavirus pandemic.
STATEHOUSE (April 9, 2020) – With Indiana school buildings closed for the academic year, State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) said there are several online resources available to help students continue learning at home.
(April 7, 2020) – State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse where they served as pages during the 2020 legislative session:
STATEHOUSE (April 1, 2020) – State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) encourages Hoosier workers and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to access recently expanded state and federal resources for help.
PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) (center) fills a care package to donate to a veteran in need on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. In 2019, there was a 6% increase in homelessness among Indiana veterans. To help those who served and raise awareness of this important issue, the Indiana House of Representatives partnered with the American Legion Department of Indiana to collect more than 7,000 hygiene and food items for care packages. These packages will be distributed to homeless Hoosier veterans across the state.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 16, 2020) – State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) encourages Hoosier students interested in state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2020 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 10, 2019) – Local communities were recently awarded over $1.8 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 3, 2019) – Applications are now open for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program during the 2020 legislative session, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).
STATEHOUSE (May 22, 2019) – Several aspiring teachers from Huntington County were recently selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).
STATEHOUSE (May 15, 2019) – State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.
STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2019) – On My Way Pre-K applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available for Allen County 4-year-olds, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).
STATEHOUSE (March 29, 2019) – The Felton Farm was recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for 102 years, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington)and State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle).
STATEHOUSE (March 29, 2019) – The Kreigh Farm, located near Ossian has been in operation since 1869, and received a Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award. This local family farm was recognized at the Indiana Statehouse for being in operation for 150 years, according to area legislators.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 21, 2018) – State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) encourages students who want to learn more about state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2019 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 7, 2018) – State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) was recently reappointed to serve as chair of the Local Government Finance Subcommittee of House Ways and Means.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 16, 2018) – College students and recent graduates seeking an internship with the Indiana House of Representatives must submit their applications before the Oct. 31 deadline, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).
STATEHOUSE (July 26, 2018) — Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2019 legislative session, which begins in January, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).
STATEHOUSE (May 2, 2018) — Four students in Huntington and Wells counties planning to pursue a career in education were selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).
STATEHOUSE (April 12, 2018) — Johnson Petroleum on Wednesday at the Statehouse received the Governor’s Half Century Business Award for its contributions to the community, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).
STATEHOUSE (March 21, 2018) — State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.
STATEHOUSE (March 8, 2018) — State Rep. Dan Leonard’s (R-Huntington) constituent Dr. Sam Young of Huntington’s Central Christian Church offered the invocation before the House was called to order Jan. 23, 2018, at the Statehouse.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2018) — State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) recently joined fellow House lawmakers to fill diaper bags with donated baby supplies for foster families across Indiana.
State Rep. Dan Leonard issues a statement on the denial of an abortion clinic license in South Bend.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 27, 2017) — Applications are open for students interested in participating in the 2018 Indiana House Page Program during the legislative session, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 8, 2017) — The Office of Community and Rural Affairs presented an award to the town of Warren on Wednesday afternoon at the 2017 OCRA Awards Ceremony held at the Indiana Statehouse, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).
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