As your state representative, I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the people of District 16. I am committed to achieving our goals and making our area a great place to live and work. My top priorities include agriculture, education and economic development.
My website is a valuable tool, providing you with information about our state government and about House District 16. Please do not hesitate to contact me. I am always open to any questions or concerns that you may have.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you. As we approach the next legislative session, I hope we can continue working together to lead Indiana toward a new direction of opportunity and prosperity.
Indiana House of Representatives: 2008 - present
House District 16 Includes: All of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties
Employment, Labor and Pensions (Chairman)
Veterans Affairs and Public Safety
Agriculture and Rural Development
Address: 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
(800) 382-9841 (Statehouse)
(317) 232-9833 (Direct)
Occupation: Small business owner
State Representative Douglas Gutwein was born and raised in Francesville. After high school, he served in the United States Army for 3 years in both Frankfort, Germany and Vietnam. After his service, he was a city mail carrier in both Valparaiso and southern California.
He returned to Francesville in 1979 to run his brother’s company, which he then bought several years later.
In 1991, Rep. Gutwein was asked to sit on the Francesville town board. He was voted president of the town board in 1992. Among the things the board accomplished were reform of zoning laws, a sewer system, a grant which doubled the size of our public library and the procurement of funding through the Build Indiana program. With those funds, the board was able to add on to the town hall, which increased space for town hall offices, the police department, the water and sewer department, the town trustee, the fire department and ambulance drivers’ living quarters.
Rep. Gutwein is a member of the American Legion.
He has been married to his wife, Mary Lew, for 35 years. They have three children and six grandchildren.
House District 16 includes all of Pulaski county and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.
STATEHOUSE- State Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) congratulates the Simmermaker family for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fair.
STATEHOUSE — State Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) congratulates three local families on receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann at the Indiana Statehouse.
STATEHOUSE- House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced standing committee assignments today for the 119th General Assembly. Standing committee assignments are made biennially after each election.
STATEHOUSE – Indiana legislators were sworn in Tuesday, Organization Day, which marks the first meeting for the 119th General Assembly. All 100 members of the House, including eight new Republicans, were sworn in by Chief Justice Loretta Rush. State Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) was reelected to represent House District 16, which includes Pulaski county and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.
STATEHOUSE - State Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) congratulates the Boezeman family of Jasper County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fair.
STATEHOUSE – “I am honored to be appointed to serve as chairman of the Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs. In addition, I will also serve on the Interim Study Committee on Employment and Labor.
STATEHOUSE — Several bills strengthening Indiana for Hoosier veterans were signed into law by Governor Mike Pence. State Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) championed two of these new laws and attended their ceremonial signings along with the Indiana National Guard Director of the Joint Staff Brian R. Copes and Secretary of State Connie Lawson.
America’s legacy was built on the foundation created by our brave service men and women. Whether they defended our nation’s borders overseas or assisted Hoosiers during the harsh winter months, we need to do everything we can to make Indiana the best place for veterans to live, work and raise a family.
STATEHOUSE — Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Doug Gutwein (R-Franscesville) applauded the signing of House Enrolled Acts (HEAs) 1074 and 1075 into law. Chairman Gutwein attended the governor’s ceremonial signing along with House colleague and author of the legislation, State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland).
STATEHOUSE – “The House Republicans worked hard this session, and in just two and a half months, we passed multiple bills to benefit Hoosier families. We focused on a handful of key concepts to make Indiana a stronger state, like approving highway construction projects that will create thousands of jobs, cutting red tape, better equipping our workforce and improving the quality of education. With the passage of these agenda bills, we delivered on our promises to make Indiana a better place for Hoosier to live, work and raise a family.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) met with local students yesterday who served as Indiana House pages during the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly. The Indiana House of Representatives offers an unparalleled opportunity for students between the ages of 13 and 18 to visit the Statehouse, experience a full day of legislative activity and meet their state representative.
STATEHOUSE – Today, a bill intended to benefit active and reserve components of the Indiana National Guard passed unanimously out of the House and will now go to the Senate for further consideration. State Representative and Army Veteran Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) authored House Bill (HB) 1041 which aims to expedite the notarization process for certain military documents.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Parrish, from Van Rensselaer Elementary School, placed third in this year’s fourth grade essay competition. On Statehood Day, as one of the four winners statewide, Elizabeth was able to invite her class to the State Library to celebrate Indiana’s 197th birthday.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) congratulates the Hitchings family from Jasper County, the White family from Pulaski County and the Seghetti family from Starke County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana State Fair recently.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative and Army veteran Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) was invited to speak at a summer camp event hosted by Indiana Operation: Military Kids. Approximately 60 campers, whose parents, guardians or siblings were deployed, wounded or killed in action, gathered at the Dunes Learning Center to listen to Rep. Gutwein speak.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) is pleased to announce that FRATCO, Inc. was recognized as one of Indiana’s 2013 ‘Companies to Watch.’ Located in Francesville, the company joined 32 other Hoosier businesses that distinguished themselves as outstanding job-creators and competitors in Indiana’s marketplace.
Tractor pulls, rodeos, and the smell of grilled burgers all signify that the Jasper County Fair is officially underway. Some of my earliest childhood memories come from the fair; watching livestock auctions, hearing live performances, and of course, eating the delicious food, but the two things I enjoy most are seeing the familiar faces and the sense of community that can be felt.
STATEHOUSE – House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) appointed State Representative Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) to serve on the Unemployment Insurance Oversight Committee.
STATEHOUSE – “By overriding the veto of HEA 1546, we have resolved a dire situation affecting Pulaski County taxpayers. Honest mistakes happen and what occurred in Pulaski County was the result of a human error. HEA 1546 was crafted to provide a solution to that mistake and by overriding the veto, the Legislature showed its continued commitment to do what is right for taxpayers.”
STATEHOUSE – With the legislative session over, many bills have passed out of the General Assembly which the governor has signed into law. State Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) has worked on a number of those bills that positively impact the state.
STATEHOUSE - Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), announced the end of session, or Sine Die on Saturday morning, closing out a year of priorities achieved. The House Republican agenda, which was released in October, centered on making Indiana a stronger state for future generations, by focusing on fiscal integrity, job growth, and enhanced education opportunities for every Hoosier.
STATEHOUSE – Ralph Braun was honored by Governor Mike Pence with the Distinguished Hoosier Award at the Indiana Statehouse recently. State Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) attended the award ceremony as well as Braun’s wife Melody who was there to receive the award.
STATEHOUSE – Legislation dealing with mobile disaster relief funding was signed into law today by Governor Mike Pence. Co-authored by state Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville), House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1325 will go into effect on July 1, 2013.
As I meet with my constituents across my district, I spend a considerable amount of time on the road. Having grown up in Northwest Indiana, I know the conditions they are in like the back on my hand and understand that they are overdue for repair.
STATEHOUSE - State Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) congratulates the William E. Moore family from Jasper County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Sesquicentennial Award. The award was presented today by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana Statehouse.
STATEHOUSE - House Bill (HB) 1325 authored by State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) and co-authored by Reps. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) and Jud McMillin (R-Brookville) passed unanimously out of the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee today. This bill will now go to the House floor providing an opportunity for the legislators to offer any amendments on it, known as the second reading.
STATEHOUSE — House Republican Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced committee members for the Indiana House Republican caucus, and State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) has been selected to serve as the Chairman of Labor, Employment and Pensions Committee.
STATEHOUSE – Indiana Legislators were sworn in today, Organization Day, which marks the first meeting for the 118th General Assembly. All 100 members of the House, including 19 new Republicans, were sworn in by Chief Justice Brent Dickson.
STATEHOUSE- Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), joined by a dozen of his House Republican colleagues, announced the House Republican Agenda today which focuses on making Indiana a stronger state for future generations.
STATEHOUSE – The annual Legislative Vote Analysis completed by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce ranked Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) as having a 90 percent when it comes to legislation creating jobs in Indiana. Rep. Gutwein was also recognized by the Chamber as a legislator who deserves special recognition for his “conspicuous leadership on specific business issues of critical importance”.
STATEHOUSE—In an effort to increase support for our servicemen and women, State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) co-authored legislation allowing Indiana’s military families to draw assistance for a longer period of time. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1059 was signed by Gov. Daniels today and will go into effect July 1, 2012.
STATEHOUSE—“I think we hit a few bumps at the beginning of session, but we stayed focused on getting the job done. We’ve worked on improving employment and education opportunities for Hoosiers and I’m proud of everything we’ve been able to do in the General Assembly.
STATEHOUSE—State Representative Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville), co-authored a resolution that urges the Indiana General Assembly to fly the POW/MIA flag in both the House and Senate chambers. The resolution passed unanimously in the House and now moves to the Senate for consideration.
Please include the following statement from State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) in your coverage of the Democrats announcing their intention to not show up to do the people’s work:
STATEHOUSE—State Representative Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville), Chairman of the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee, called for a vote on House Bill 1001, Employee’s Right to Work, Tuesday morning. The bill passed out of committee by a vote of 8-5 and now moves to the full House of Representatives for further discussion and vote.
STATEHOUSE-Graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in state government and the legislative process are strongly encouraged to apply for the Indiana House of Representatives spring internship. All academic majors are accepted.
STATEHOUSE- The Indiana Chamber of Commerce recently released their annual Legislative Vote Analysis, ranking Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) as a pro-economy and pro-jobs legislator.
STATEHOUSE-House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) appointed State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) to serve as the Chairman of the Unemployment Insurance Oversight Committee, as well as serving as a member of the Interim Study Committee on Driver Education.
STATEHOUSE--State Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) authored a bill that will make it easier for military veterans to vote and identify their veteran status. House Bill 1109, which addresses the veteran status on an individual's license, permit or identification card, was signed into law on Monday.
Please include the following statement from State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) in coverage of Sine Die.
STATEHOUSE - During a late session Monday night, House Bill 1267, regarding drug testing and unemployment benefits, passed in the House by a unanimous vote.
STATEHOUSE-State Representative Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) authored House Bill 1109. The bill allows United States veterans to put their veteran status on their Indiana-issued identification card, drivers' license or permit.
STATEHOUSE- State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) is encouraging local students to apply for the Statehouse Page Program. The Indiana House of Representatives offers the chance for students between the ages of 13 and 18 to come to the Statehouse to both interact and get a firsthand experience of what a full day is like involving legislative activity.
STATEHOUSE-Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) appointed Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) today as Chairman of the Employment, Labor and Pension Committee for the 117th Indiana General Assembly. Rep. Gutwein has served as a member on the House committee since 2008.
STATEHOUSE-Rep. Doug Gutwein today released a statement in response to the federal audit report revealing that frequent outages in a Census Bureau computer system. The audit revealed the outages are driving up costs and causing substantial amounts of overtime. Rep. Gutwein originally expressed discontent last month with the amount of federal funding seemingly wasted on promotional materials produced outside of the United States.
STATEHOUSE-State Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville), the House Republican conferee to House Bill 1205, today signed the conference committee report and allowed the measure to come before the House for a vote. Today HB 1205 passed the House 86 to 0 and the Senate 49 to 1. The bill now advances to the governor's desk for final approval.
STATEHOUSE-State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) today voted in support of Senate Bill 23, the measure that would delay the largest tax increase on employers in the state's history. SB 23 seeks to delay House Bill 1379 (from 2009), which passed the House last year without Rep. Gutwein's support.
STATEHOUSE-Please include the following statement from Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) in your coverage of Governor Daniels' State of the State address:
STATEHOUSE- Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) released the following statement today in response to the passage of HJR1, the constitutional amendment to permanently cap homeowner's property taxes. The measure passed the House by a vote of 75 to 23.
STATEHOUSE-Constitutionally protected property tax caps passed a significant hurdle today in the House of Representatives, in spite of House Democrats filing three amendments in an attempt to sabotage passage of the caps. The property tax caps constitutional amendment, also known as House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR1), passed today on second reading unamended and will be eligible for third reading and final passage on Monday.
(STATEHOUSE)- Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) offered the following statement about today's passage of House Bill 1001, the budget bill:
STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Gutwein (R-Francesville) announced today that a Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship have been awarded to a resident of District 16. The 59 new teaching fellows begin work this summer on master's degrees to prepare for math and science teaching positions in the state's high-need urban and rural schools. They will teach in Indiana for at least three years.
Please include the following statements from Rep. Gutwein in your coverage of legislative action on these issues:
STATEHOUSE - Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) today announced that Rensselaer qualifies for an estimated $1.5 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through the Indiana Finance Authority to complete improvements to Rensselaer's wastewater system. This is one of the state's first stimulus water projects to be announced.
STATEHOUSE - House Democrats ran out on permanent property tax relief today before the Caps Clock did, Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) said.
STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2009) -Fulton, Pulaski, Jasper and White counties are among the 13 counties for which federal assistance has been requested because of recent storm damage, according to Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville).
STATEHOUSE - Permanently capping property taxes is a top priority of House Republicans, and since last year, we have been working hard to amend the property tax caps into the Indiana Constitution.
This week, I had the opportunity to take part in two resolutions here at the Statehouse. The first, which I authored, memorialized Indiana State Police Trooper Daniel Roy Barrett by renaming, in his honor, the bridge one-half mile south of the intersection of State Road 110 and U.S. 31.
All Indiana Purple Heart recipients would be eligible for tuition and fee exemptions at state educational institutions if a bill passed unanimously today by the Indiana House of Representatives gains final approval by Gov. Mitch Daniels.
Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) today joined the Indiana General Assembly in honoring the families of Indiana soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice defending their country, especially those fighting the war on terrorism.
STATEHOUSE (March 19, 2009) - As your state representatives for northern Indiana, we wanted to pass along this important announcement from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Hoosiers who have exhausted their state and federal unemployment benefits may be eligible for an additional 13 weeks of unemployment assistance.
Last week was slow at the Statehouse, except for one small development. Several of the original Kernan-Shepard recommendations were heard by the House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee.
We have reached the 2009 legislative session midpoint, and a lot has been happening. The surviving House and Senate legislation, ranging from the state budget to a bill on nutrition, will now face even more scrutiny and transformation on their way to potentially becoming law.
(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 20, 2009 - Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) offered the following statement about House Bill 1001, the budget bill:
I was elected as state representative for the important task of representing your interests at the Statehouse. As a public servant, I need continual input from the people of District 16 as I seek to make the best decisions for the district and the state as a whole.
(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 11, 2009 - State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) authored a resolution thanking Purdue University's Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department for its continued work in the area of drainage water management. House Resolution 10 also encourages organizations that assist Indiana farmers to inform them of the benefits of drainage water management systems.
State Representative Douglas Gutwein offered the following statement in response to Gov. Mitch Daniels' State of the State address:
(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 13, 2009 - State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) is offering opportunities for area students who are interested in serving as single-day pages in the Indiana House of Representatives. By serving as a House page, students are given a unique opportunity to view and participate in the day-to-day activities of the General Assembly.
(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 7, 2009 - Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville), along with his House colleagues, opened the 2009 session of the Indiana General Assembly today at the Statehouse. Rep. Gutwein starts the session with a number of goals that aim to control government spending and maintain high-quality services to Hoosier families.
STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) began his legislative career today as a new member of the 116th General Assembly during Organization Day ceremonies. Rep. Gutwein, one of eight new Republican members of the House, represents District 16.
(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 30, 2008 - Property tax reform in Indiana took a blow Tuesday night as House Democrats refused to hear House Joint Resolution 1, the bill containing constitutional property tax caps for homeowners, rental properties and businesses.
(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 24, 2008 - Hoosiers are a step closer to property tax relief after the Indiana House of Representatives on Thursday passed House Bill 1001 by a vote of 93-1. The bill now heads to the Indiana Senate.
(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 22, 2008 - State Rep. Eric A. Gutwein (R-Brookston) today offered an amendment that would cap farmers' property tax payments at 2 percent of their assessed value. The amendment was to Gov. Mitch Daniels' property tax plan. An amendment with the same language was adopted.
(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 22, 2008 - Today, Rep. Eric A. Gutwein (R-Rensselaer) voted against a proposed amendment to House Bill 1001 authored by Rep. David Niezgodski (D-South Bend) that excludes school corporations from the referendum process for any projects that relate to classroom learning.
(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 18, 2008 - Gov. Mitch Daniels' State of the State address on Tuesday reflected on Indiana's successes in 2007 and the plan of action for this year. Throughout the address, we were all reminded how great it is to live in Indiana.
(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 15, 2008 - "I am impressed with the governor's aggressive plan that seeks to reform the state's property tax crisis once and for all," said Rep. Gutwein. "His efforts are encouraging, and his plan has provided us with a great starting point. I hope we can work in a bipartisan manner to provide true property tax reform and relief to Hoosiers taxpayers."
(STATEHOUSE) - In response to last week's floods, the Remington Disaster Relief Operation has been planned for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, near Wal-Mart and Wilco County Market in Rensselaer.
(STATEHOUSE) Jan. 8, 2008 - Today, Rep. Eric A. Gutwein (R-Rensselaer), along with House colleagues, opened the 2008 session of the Indiana General Assembly at the Statehouse. Rep. Gutwein starts the session with a number of goals to improve the lives of Hoosier families.
(STATEHOUSE) Nov. 20, 2007 - State Rep. Eric A. Gutwein (R- Rensselaer) and the legislators of the 115th Indiana General Assembly used Organization Day as the start of their efforts to ease Hoosier taxpayers' property tax burden with permanent and comprehensive reform.
(Statehouse) January 25, 2007 - Today, State Representative Eric A. Gutwein (Rensselaer) voted for House Bill 1027 Minority Committee Report, a measure that would have eliminated the Indiana Death Tax. The Report was debated on the floor of the House of Representatives, yet failed by a 48-51 vote.
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