It is an honor to serve the people of District 18. I believe that the best government is a small government. We need to end the bureaucracy and red tape and allow Hoosiers to make decisions for themselves. These beliefs have shaped how I govern and will continue to do so.
My website is designed to provide a link between the district and the Statehouse. The links section provides many tools to learning more about District 18 and should serve as a guide to local government.
Feel free to contact me with an questions or concerns. I appreciate your input and support.
David A. Wolkins
Indiana House of Representatives: 1988-Present
House District 18: Wabash County and portions of Kosciusko, Miami, and Grant Counties
Address: 277 S 325 E, Warsaw, IN 46582
Toll-free Statehouse: (800) 382-9841
Direct Line: (317) 232-9648
Environmental Affairs, Chairman
Select Committee on Government Reduction, Vice Chair
Government and Regulatory Reform
B.S. from Greenville College
M.S. from St. Francis College
Served 18 Years on the Winona Lake Town Board, as President and Vice-President
State Representative David Wolkins has had a constant focus on eminent domain since 2003. He has been devoted to creating legislation that would clarify the law and protect property owners' rights. During the 2006 legislative session, he authored House Enrolled Act 1010 (HEA 1010), which makes it more difficult for the government to seize property through eminent domain laws by more clearly defining requirements of property acquisition.
Rep. Wolkins received his Bachelor of Science from Greenville College and his Masters from St. Francis College. After completing his formal education, he was a school teacher from 1965 to 1977. He was a very active teacher, who coached cross country and the track team. In 1977, Wolkins decided to go into business for himself and opened the Case Farm Tractor Dealership, his business selling farm equipment until 1981. Then he became the Vice President of ABC Travel Inc, where he worked until 1988, when he was elected to the State Legislature. Even with his busy schedule and many careers, he managed to dedicate 18 years to the Winona Lake Town Board. During his tenure on the town board, he served as President and Vice President.
Currently, the Wolkins family resides in Warsaw, Indiana. Rep. Wolkins is married to Candace Wolkins and they have a son named Matthew. The family attends the Free Methodist Church.
House District 18 consists of all of Wabash County and portions of Kosciusko, Miami and Grant counties in north central Indiana. To find your House District, click here.
STATEHOUSE (May 26, 2020) – State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) 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. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (April 9, 2020) – With Indiana school buildings closed for the academic year, State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) said there are several online resources available to help students continue learning at home.
STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2020) – State Rep. David Wolkins (R-Warsaw) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse where they served as pages during the 2020 legislative session:
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2020) – State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) encourages Hoosier workers and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to access recently expanded state and federal resources for help.
STATEHOUSE (March 9, 2020) – Artwork by a local artist will soon be displayed at the Statehouse, according to State Rep. David Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 28, 2020) – Members of the Indiana House of Representatives at the Statehouse honored State. Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) on Tuesday for his 32 years of serving House District 18.
PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.
Recently, Warsaw Community Education Association President Terry Sims sent out an email to all school personnel, which started with, “Just as I predicted, it has begun the legislature wasted no time spreading misinformation to the public…Our local Representative Mr. Wolkins is parroting the GOP position as well…Expect more misdirection in the future.” For years, Mr. Sims has claimed the legislature has not provided adequate funds for schools.
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.
STATEHOUSE (May 22, 2019) – Many aspiring teachers from Kosciusko and Wabash counties were recently selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship, according to State Rep. David Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (May 17, 2019) – State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) honored the Emmanuel Christian High School boys’ basketball team and girls’ volleyball team at the Statehouse for their state championship wins.
STATEHOUSE (March 29, 2019) – The Dennis Keith Gilbert Farm was recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for 100 years, according to State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) and State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2019) – Artwork by local artists will soon be displayed at the Statehouse, according to State Rep. David Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2019) – Artwork by a local artists will soon be displayed at the Statehouse, according to State Rep. David Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 17, 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 Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 16, 2018) — The Whetstone Farm was recognized Friday at the Indiana State Fair for being in operation for 176 years, according to State Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) and State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
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. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (July 18, 2018) — The work of Wabash artist Ellen Stouffer was presented to Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday at the Statehouse, according to State Rep. David Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (June 21, 2018) — Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch presented a Golden Hoosier Award to Maureen Hall of Warsaw at the Statehouse Thursday for her service and commitment to the community, according to State Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) and State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (June 13, 2018) — The Indiana Department of Education on Tuesday awarded Manchester JR-SR High School for student AP exam success during the 2016-2017 school year, according to State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (June 11, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb today at the Statehouse ceremonially signed into law a proposal authored by State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) helping Hoosier property owners and law enforcement officers.
STATEHOUSE (May 2, 2018) — Wabash High School student Olivia Hipskind and alumnus Shane King, along with Manchester JR.-SR. High School’s Kiera Stacy are all planning to pursue a career in education and were selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (April 12, 2018) — Norris Insurance on Wednesday at the Statehouse received the Governor’s Half Century Business Award for its contributions to the community, according to State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2018) — Artwork by two local artists will soon be on display at the Statehouse, according to State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (March 21, 2018) – State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) 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 Wolkins (R-Warsaw) recently joined fellow House lawmakers to fill diaper bags with donated baby supplies for foster families across Indiana.
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. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 15, 2017) — State Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) recently nominated Dennis Jones for the Circle of Corydon Award based upon Jones’ long-time service to the town of LaFontaine, and on Tuesday Jones received the certificate.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 8, 2017) — The Office of Community and Rural Affairs presented awards to the towns of Roann and Wabash on Wednesday afternoon at the 2017 OCRA Awards Ceremony held at the Indiana Statehouse, according to State Rep. David Wolkins (R-Warsaw).
STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2017) – Area legislators laced up their sneakers with their suits today at the Statehouse to help raise cancer awareness.
STATEHOUSE — State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) authored legislation that allows mini-trucks to be driven on Indiana roads, excluding interstate highways. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1047 was recently signed into law by Governor Mike Pence.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) authored a resolution to honor Arc of Wabash County at the Statehouse. For 60 years, Arc of Wabash County has consistently provided services and opportunities for persons with disabilities to live meaningful lives.
STATEHOUSE — State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) authored House Bill (HB) 1350 which would increase government efficiency by providing the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) greater flexibility to manage their day-to-day operations. The bill passed unanimously out of the Indiana House of Representatives on Thursday.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw), 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.
STATEHOUSE — State Representative Dave Wolkins (R-Warsaw) authored legislation that allows mini-trucks to be driven on some Indiana roads, which passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Thursday with a 88-3 vote and will now be considered by the Senate for further discussion and debate.
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