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House District 85
Indiana House of Representatives: 2016-Present
House District 85: Eastern portions of Allen County
Hometown: Fort Wayne
Occupation: Owner of Heine Farms
Retired Vice President and Corporate Officer for Do It Best Corp.
Spouse name: Tammy, married for over 38 years
Children: Meredith, Kirstyn (Adam), Mark (Sarah)
Grandchildren: Cooper, Luke, Matthew and Cameron
House District 85 is located in Allen County and extends from eastern Fort Wayne to the Ohio state line. To find your House District, click here.
STATEHOUSE (July 2, 2021) – Allen County lawmakers said Hoosiers should be aware of several new state laws effective July 1, including the new state budget and those supporting small businesses, law enforcement and education.
STATEHOUSE (June 7, 2021) – Local students preparing to become teachers are among this year's recipients of the state's Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to area lawmakers.
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 1, 2021) – A bill that would spur growth in Northeastern Indiana is headed to the governor where it could soon be law, according to local lawmakers championing the legislation.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2021) – “Being good stewards of taxpayer dollars is our top priority. This budget makes targeted and responsible investments while maintaining prudent reserves and our coveted AAA credit rating. This budget increases funding to our K-12 public schools, substantially boosts our investment in rural broadband and supports small businesses – all critical to helping Indiana bounce back from this pandemic stronger than before."
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives supported State Rep. Dave Heine's (R-Fort Wayne) legislation on Tuesday that would establish a Northeast Indiana Strategic Development Commission to drive local economic growth.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2021) – Indiana residents age 65 and older are now eligible to register for a free COVID-19 vaccine, according to State Reps. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) and Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne).
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 28, 2021) – State Rep. Dave Heine's (R-Fort Wayne) legislation that would establish a Northeast Indiana Strategic Development Commission passed out of the House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee today.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 19, 2020) – Hoosiers can vote absentee-in-person at several locations across Allen County until Nov. 2, according to local lawmakers.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 13, 2020) – Allen County State Reps. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) and Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne) encourage local communities to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 23, 2020) – Fort Wayne area lawmakers encourage 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. 16, 2020) – Fort Wayne lawmakers encourage 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 (Sept. 4, 2020) – State Rep. Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne) said the city of New Haven recently received a $237,500 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to help small businesses.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 19, 2020) – Area legislators said new resources are available to help students succeed, especially as COVID-19 complicates the start of the school year.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 11, 2020) – Veterans and Indiana companies are connecting through INvet's next-generation website according to Fort Wayne area lawmakers.
STATEHOUSE (July 17, 2020) – According to local legislators, 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 (May 29, 2020) – Fort Wayne area lawmakers encourage 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 21, 2020) – Local small businesses and nonprofits can now utilize the state's new online marketplace to request personal protective equipment, according to local lawmakers.
STATEHOUSE (May 11, 2020) – Allen County lawmakers urge Hoosiers to be vigilant in protecting themselves against scams, which are surging during the public health pandemic.
STATEHOUSE (April 21, 2020) – Allen County legislators said assistance for a variety of mental health issues is available for Hoosiers struggling to cope with the overwhelming effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
STATEHOUSE (April 9, 2020) – With Indiana school buildings closed for the academic year, Fort Wayne area legislators said there are several online resources available to help students continue learning at home.
PHOTO CAPTION: (from left) State Reps. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne), Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne), Matt Lehman (R-Berne), Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn), Denny Zent (R-Angola), Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne) and Dave Abbott (R-Rome City) pair sneakers with their suits to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 16, 2020) – Area lawmakers are encouraging Hoosier students interested in state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the upcoming 2020 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 10, 2019) – Allen County was recently awarded over $1.6 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) and Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne).
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 22, 2019) – Allen County lawmakers invite local college students and recent graduates to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program, which takes place during the 2020 legislative session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 14, 2019) – Area legislators today announced the latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.
“Indiana’s unborn could have been better protected starting today. While I am disappointed in the court’s decision and believe this is an issue of states’ rights, the remainder of the bill is intact and I am hopeful that the attorney general will vigorously appeal this ruling. In light of this recent action, we now have a greater duty to continue to be the voice for those unable to speak for themselves.”
STATEHOUSE (May 22, 2019) – Aspiring teachers from Allen County were recently selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship, according to local lawmakers.
STATEHOUSE (May 16, 2019) – State Rep. Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne) 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. Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne).
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 19, 2018) – Area lawmakers encourage students who want to learn more about state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2019 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 12, 2018) – State Rep. Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne) was recently reappointed to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 11, 2018) – “This designation will exponentially aid the economic development of east Allen County, especially the seven communities involved with the East Allen Alliance. Without the guidance and leadership of Kent Castleman, this award simply wouldn’t happen. I’d be remiss if I also didn’t mention the work of Kristi Kurtz. Working closely with the leaders of the seven communities and county, the pair were instrumental in putting together a top-notch presentation that I believe impressed the selection committee.”
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 10, 2018) – State Rep. Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne) was recently reappointed to serve on the House Ways and Means Committee.
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. Dave Heine (New Haven).
Note to the Press: Please include the following statements from State Rep. Dave Heine (R-New Haven) in your coverage of the passing of Fort Wayne Police Officer David Tinsley:
STATEHOUSE (July 26, 2018) — Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2019 legislative session, which begins in January, according to area lawmakers.
STATEHOUSE (May 2, 2018) — Many students from Allen County planning to pursue a career in education were selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Reps. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne), Dave Heine (R-New Haven) and Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne).
STATEHOUSE (March 21, 2018) – State Rep. Dave Heine (R-New Haven) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.
RAISING AWARENESS: (From left to right) State Reps. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne), Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne), Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw), Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) and Dave Heine (R-New Haven) pair sneakers with their suits on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis to draw attention to National Cancer Prevention Month.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2018) — State Rep. Dave Heine (R-New Haven) recently joined fellow House lawmakers to fill diaper bags with donated baby supplies for foster families across Indiana.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 11, 2018) — “The decision denying this group to operate in South Bend shows that the licensing criteria requirements under Indiana law are effective and help keep Hoosiers safe. I give credit to the Indiana State Department of Health for its diligence enforcing the law.”
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 27, 2017) — Fort Wayne state representatives are encouraging area students to apply to the 2018 Indiana House of Representatives Page Program.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 23, 2017) – Applications to intern with the Indiana House Republicans during the 2018 legislative session are due Oct. 31, according to State Rep. Dave Heine (R-New Haven).
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 21, 2017) – Local communities will receive state matching grants to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Dave Heine (R-New Haven).
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 12, 2017) – Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2018 legislative session, according to State Rep. Dave Heine (R-New Haven).
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 25, 2016) — Allen County and four local communities received more than $3.3 million in state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Casey Cox (R-Fort Wayne).
STATEHOUSE (March 16, 2016) — State Rep. Casey Cox (R-Fort Wayne) recently welcomed the following student pages to the Statehouse:
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 22, 2016) – The Indiana House of Representatives unanimously voted in support of a bill sponsored by State Rep. Casey Cox (R-Fort Wayne) and co-sponsored by State Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne), that would help honor veterans who have passed away without any surviving family members.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 16, 2016) — A House committee today passed a bill that would help honor veterans who have died without surviving family members.
INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 16, 2015) – State Rep. Casey Cox (R-Fort Wayne) today announced Indiana will pay off its federal unemployment loan early leading to significant savings for Hoosier businesses.
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