I am humbled to serve House District 82, which includes Noble County and small portions of LaGrange, Elkhart, Whitley and Allen counties in northeastern Indiana.
As an engaged citizen with more than 30 years of experience in local government, I will continue looking out for my constituents and the needs of our communities. As your legislator, I will draw on my experiences to foster an environment where Hoosiers can thrive, and I will work to limit the size and scope of government.
My website provides information on our district, issues I am working on and helpful state resources.
Your thoughts and opinions are very important to me, and I encourage you to contact me with any questions or ideas you may have.
House District 82
Indiana House of Representatives: 2018-Present
House District 82: Includes portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties, and all of Noble County
Occupation: Previously worked in automotive manufacturing; design engineering and management
State Rep. David Abbott was born and raised in Fort Wayne. He graduated from Elmhurst High School and attended Indiana University.
Abbott served Noble County for 30 years in various local government positions. He was on the Rome City Town Council for 27 years, served as a Noble County commissioner for three years; and has been on a number of boards, commissions and committees throughout the county. Abbott strives to work for his constituents by maintaining fiscal responsibility, smaller government and greater local control.
Abbott and his wife, Lori, live in Rome City and have five children (Jennifer, Ryan, Elise, Justin and Nicholas) and 13 grandchildren. He and his wife are members of the South Milford Church of Christ and serve on the church missions committee.
Rome City Town Council
Noble County Commissioner
Rome City Conservancy District
Rome City Industrial Development Corp.
Noble County Precinct Committeeman
House District 82 includes Noble County and small portions of LaGrange, Elkhart, Whitley and Allen counties in northeastern Indiana. To find your House District, click here.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2021) – The Humane Society of the United States presented State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) with the Indiana 2020 Legislator of the Year Award for his efforts to help protect exotic animals in Indiana and the country.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 26, 2021) – State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) co-authored legislation that would grant surviving spouses the ability to obtain a Purple Heart license plate in honor of their loved ones advanced unanimously out of the House Roads and Transportation Committee today.
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 24, 2020) – The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus, a binational, nonpartisan group, recently elected State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) to represent Indiana on its executive committee through 2022. Abbott, a member of the caucus since 2019, will help direct the group's activities over the next two years.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 20, 2020) – Hoosiers can vote absentee-in-person at several locations across Northeast Indiana until Nov. 2, according to local lawmakers
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 13, 2020) – Northeast Indiana lawmakers encourage local communities to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 24, 2020) – Northeast Indiana 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) – Area 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. 9, 2020) — One multi-county project expanding fast and reliable internet to unserved homes and businesses can now move forward thanks to a $110,040 state broadband grant, according to State Reps. David Abbott (R-Rome City) and Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne).
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 28, 2020) – Area lawmakers encourage local arts and cultural organizations that are financially struggling because of the pandemic to apply for new state grants.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 24, 2020) – With about $570 million in unclaimed property available, area lawmakers say Hoosiers should visit IndianaUnclaimed.gov today to see if money is waiting for them.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 14, 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) – 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 (Aug. 3, 2020) – Area lawmakers encourage Hoosier small-business owners and entrepreneurs to apply for a free program that provides direct technical support to help build their online presence.
STATEHOUSE (July 21, 2020) – Indiana is temporarily expanding its successful Next Level Jobs program through Dec. 30 to include more job seekers and employers, according to area lawmakers.
STATEHOUSE (July 15, 2020) – According to State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City), 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 (June 29, 2020) – With many new laws effective July 1, State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) said several important changes support Hoosier teachers, patients and farmers.
STATEHOUSE (May 26, 2020) – State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) 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. David Abbott (R-Rome City).
STATEHOUSE (May 8, 2020) – State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) urges Hoosiers to be vigilant in protecting themselves against scams, which are surging during the public health pandemic.
STATEHOUSE (May 1, 2020) — Several Noble County students pursuing a career in education recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City).
STATEHOUSE (April 21, 2020) – Northeast Indiana 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, Northeast Indiana legislators said there are several online resources available to help students continue learning at home.
STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2020) – State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse where they served as pages during the 2020 legislative session:
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2020) – Northeast Indiana legislators are encouraging Hoosier workers and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to access recently expanded state and federal resources for help.
STATEHOUSE (March 12, 2020) – State Rep. David Abbott’s (R-Rome City) legislation recognizing fallen service members and their families could soon become law.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2020) – State Reps. David Abbott (R-Rome City) and Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) recently honored the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce for its 100-year anniversary at the Statehouse.
PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Dave Abbott (R-Rome City) (right) 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 (Feb. 4, 2020) – The House of Representatives Monday supported State Rep. David Abbott’s (R-Rome City) bill recognizing fallen service members and their families.
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. 23, 2020) – State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) recently honored Fort Wayne native Morgan Malm and the other winners of Purdue University’s Student Soybean Product Innovation Competition at the Statehouse.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 16, 2020) – State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) encourages Hoosier students interested in state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2020 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 10, 2019) – Kendallville and Rome City were recently awarded over $1.2 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City).
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 4, 2019) — State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) was recently appointed to serve as vice chair of the House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 21, 2019) – Applications are now open for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program during the 2020 legislative session, according to State Rep. Dave Abbott (R-Rome City).
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.
Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) in your coverage of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s announcement of $22.1 million in funding for broadband expansion projects across the state. This funding will provide broadband infrastructure to 83 unserved households and 12 unserved businesses in Noble County as part of the Next Level Broadband program. Abbott supported the state’s budget, which allows funds to be used for awarding broadband grants to rural areas:
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 8, 2019) – “It’s encouraging to see broadband infrastructure funding be directed to Noble County. I’m also pleased to see LigTel Communications take advantage of this grant opportunity so the unserved residents and businesses of the Brimfield and Merriam communities may utilize this vital resource.”
“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 (April 26, 2019) – State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.
STATEHOUSE (April 15, 2019) — Local communities recently received more than $2.4 million in state matching grants, according to State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City).
STATEHOUSE (April 2, 2019) — Lewger Machine & Tool in Kendallville recently received the Governor’s Half Century Business Award for operating since 1951, according to State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City).
STATEHOUSE (March 26, 2019) – The Marshall Farm was recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation since 1855, according to State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) and State Sen. Justin Busch (R-Fort Wayne).
STATEHOUSE (March 26, 2019) – The Piper/McLallin Farm was recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation since 1869, according to State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) and State Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange).
STATEHOUSE (March 13, 2019) — An East Noble High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.
RAISING AWARENESS: State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) pairs sneakers with his suit to draw attention to National Cancer Prevention Month Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Statehouse. Each year, the Indiana House of Representatives participates in the Suits and Sneakers challenge, an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Over the last 25 years, the cancer death rate in Indiana declined by just 19 percent, showing more work remains to be done to prevent this disease, according to the American Cancer Society.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 20, 2018) – State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) 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. 10, 2018) — State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) was recently selected to serve on three House committees.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 16, 2018) — Family farms from Noble County were recognized Friday at the Indiana State Fair for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) and State Sen. Susan Glick (R-LaGrange).
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. David Abbott (R-Rome City).
STATEHOUSE (June 20, 2018) — State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) was recently selected to serve on the Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs, which will examine several topics and gather testimonies for potential legislation.
STATEHOUSE (June 5, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb Monday at the Statehouse ceremonially signed a new law promoting cooperation among six counties working with the St. Joseph River Basin Commission to control flooding, according to State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City).
STATEHOUSE (May 2, 2018) – State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) took the oath of office today to serve as state representative for House District 82.c
State Representative-elect David Abbott (R-Rome City)
Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush
STATEHOUSE (March 15, 2018) —State Rep. Dave Ober’s (R-Albion) legislation promoting cooperation among six counties working with the St. Joseph River Basin Commission to better control flooding could soon be law.
STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2018) — Members of the House of Representatives honored State Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion) for his six years representing House District 82.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted today in support of a bill sponsored by State Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion) providing legal immunity to probation officers and community corrections officers who carry and administer overdose intervention drugs.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2018) — The House of Representatives today voted in support of State Rep. Dave Ober’s (R-Albion) legislation promoting cooperation among six counties working with the St. Joseph River Basin Commission to better control flooding.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 1, 2018) — The House of Representatives today voted in support of State Rep. Dave Ober’s (R-Albion) bill that tasks the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission with studying where broadband services should be expanded in the state.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 27, 2017) — Applications are open for students interested in participating in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2018 legislative session, according to State Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion).
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 6, 2017) — The Office of Community and Rural Affairs presented awards to Noble County a local community Wednesday at the 2017 OCRA Awards Ceremony, according to State Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion).
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 14, 2017) — 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.
The 2016 legislative session is here and I would like your feedback on several important issues.
I am committed to keeping the momentum going this session as we work toward developing a responsible, comprehensive and sustainable plan to maintain and improve our roads and bridges. As the Crossroads of America, our infrastructure plays a key role in our state's economy.
Do you know that you have the power to save up to three lives by donating just one pint of blood?
More than 41,000 blood donations are needed everyday in the U.S., according to the American Red Cross.
Earning on-the-job work experience is an important part of building your resume and finding jobs after college graduation. One way to gain this work experience is through a paid internship with the Indiana House of Representatives.
In particular, the House Republican Internship Program provides a tremendous opportunity for students to gain experience within a variety of fields and all majors are welcome to apply. There are five different types of internships available including legislative, communications, information technology, policy and fiscal policy.
On July 1 of this year, House Enrolled Act 1305, what some are calling the left-lane law, went into effect. This newly passed legislation permits police officers to issue tickets to left-lane drivers who fail to move over into the right lane if another vehicle is overtaking them.
Within our community and state, meth continues to be a major concern. In 2014, there were more than 1,400 meth lab seizures in Indiana. In House District 82, three counties –Noble, Allen and Elkhart– were among the top 10 counties with the most lab seizures in the state.
These troubling statistics have motivated multiple state legislators to work on a variety of bills to combat meth use. Unfortunately, as state leaders, it can be challenging to find a solution that addresses drug production and abuse while limiting government infringement on law-abiding citizens.
The 2015 legislative session is over, and I am proud of the strides we made to improve our community and state. Before session began, the House Republicans vowed to pass an honestly balanced budget, increase our investment to education, strengthen our ethics laws and address some of the public safety concerns impacting Indiana. I am proud that we were able to fulfill our promises, and I would like to take this opportunity to discuss some of what we achieved to make Indiana a better place to live, work and raise a family.
On May 7, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce will be announcing their rankings of the top 100 businesses that are considered the best places to work in Indiana. I am proud to say that Kendall Electric, which provides services to our community, is on this list and received this distinguished recognition.
STATEHOUSE — State Representative Dave Ober (R-Albion) congratulates the Michael and Madonna Gross family from Allen County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann at the Indiana Statehouse.
STATEHOUSE - “I was pleased to serve on the Ways and Means Committee and contribute to HB 1001, benefitting all Hoosiers. House Republicans created an honestly balanced budget that funded education and public safety priorities while maintaining Indiana’s healthy reserves.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Dave Ober (R-Albion) authored legislation that makes changes to Indiana’s election law, most notably, straight ticket voting. House Bill (HB) 1008, co-authored by State Reps. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) and Milo Smith (R-Columbus), passed out of the House with a vote of 59-35.
As a lawmaker, my goal is to author and support legislation that addresses the concerns of Hoosiers, changes our state for the better and is good, sound policy. Some of the best concepts for legislation evolves from the feedback and input I receive back in my district. House Bill (HB) 1008 is a bill that I feel meets these guidelines by working to make much needed updates to our current voting and election laws.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Dave Ober (R-Albion) has authored a bill to address a local concern involving wineries and distilleries. House Bill (HB) 1053 would allow farm wineries, microbreweries and artisan distilleries to serve their beer, wine or liquor at the same service bar without requiring a structure to separate the service of beer and wine. The bill passed unanimously out of the Indiana House of Representatives.
STATEHOUSE – “I echo Governor Pence’s emphasis to continue increasing job opportunities for Hoosiers..."
STATEHOUSE – House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1242, co-authored by State Representative Dave Ober (R-Albion), was signed into law by Governor Pence at the 122nd Fighter Base in Fort Wayne.
The other day, I was introduced to a YouTube video created by the Cardstore. It started by introducing a fake job position for a Director of Operations and then began interviewing applicants. The position had outlandish, demanding obligations requiring the hired person to work 135 or more hours a week, remain on call at all times and in turn receive no medical or dental benefits or paid vacations.
None of the applicants interviewed in the end seemed interested. In fact, most found the position too challenging or unfair. What was the real-life position being described? Motherhood.
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