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House District 39
Representative Jerry Torr
Indiana House of Representatives: 1996 – present
House District 37: Carmel/Clay Township from Ditch Road east to the White River, bounded to the south by 96th Street and on the north by 146th Street.
Address: 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
State Representative Jerry Torr is a sixth generation Hoosier. He grew up on a family farm in the heart of Putnam County and was a 10-year 4-H’er. In 1987, he moved to Carmel where he currently resides. He became the state representative for House District39 in 1996.
During the 2005 legislative session, Rep. Torr authored the Daylight Savings Time (DST) bill that called for Indiana to finally observe DST. DST has been instrumental in job creation for the Hoosier state.
In 2005, Rep. Torr also authored the Health Insurance Waiver Act, allowing health insurers to issue polices to individuals who would otherwise be denied coverage due to one or two minor pre-existing conditions. Since the act became public law, countless Hoosier consumers have benefited.
Rep. Torr has been the leading force in pursuing legislation that would eliminate the unfair practice of gerrymandering in Indiana. Redistricting is done every 10 years by the party in majority that year. This tends to lead to gerrymandering that ensures that majority incumbents are re-elected. He has proposed legislation that would create a bipartisan commission (consisting of both Republicans and Democrats) to draw new Indiana House and Senate districts. A bi-partisan commission would help to ensure that districts are drawn in the interest of constituents rather than in the interest of political parties and incumbent legislators.
Rep. Torr believes no Hoosier worker should be forced to join a labor union against his or her will as a condition of employment. In the 2012 legislative session, he championed House Bill 1001, Employee’s Right to Work that was signed into law by the governor in Feb. 2012. Besides being a simple matter fairness, economic development experts believe that a “Right to Work” law would bring many new jobs to Indiana.
Before joining Near North Title Group, formerly known as Hamilton National Title, in 2014, Rep. Torr was a Client Executive at the Hylant Group, and prior to that a Commercial Casualty General Adjuster with FCCI Insurance Company in Carmel. He was previously a member of the Central Indiana Claims Association and the National Society of Professional Insurance Investors. He also previously served on the board of the Indiana Forum for Fair Liability Laws. In 1995, the forum was instrumental in the passage of a compressive Tort Reform Act. In addition, Rep. Torr formerly served as the Director of the President of the State Adjuster’s Association.
Rep. Torr attended Hanover College where he studied music, philosophy and physics, among other things. He graduated from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA in 1978 after studying guitar performance, music composition, arranging, orchestration and film scoring.
He is currently a member of the OneZone, which is the combined Carmel and Fishers Chambers of Commerce. He is a former Precinct Committeeman and has been a delegate to numerous Republican State Conventions. Rep. Torr has served on the board of directors of the National MS Society Indiana Chapter, Indiana Humanities, and Carmel Symphony Orchestra. In October of 2017, Rep. Torr conducted his original composition, Fanfare for a New Era, which was performed by the Carmel Symphony Orchestra at the Palladium in Carmel.
Rep. Torr has been honored twice as Government Leader of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce at its annual awards dinner, first in 2005 and again in 2012. The only other two time winners are House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senator Richard Lugar.
House District 39 is comprised of a large portion of Clay Township in southern Hamilton County and includes the city of Carmel. To find your House District, click here.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 12, 2020) – With 2020 Census responses impacting future federal funding in local communities, area lawmakers are urging Hamilton County residents to respond now if they have not already done so.
Navigating the court system can be a confusing and overwhelming experience, especially for someone who has endured a heinous crime. When reporting sex crimes, survivors are often asked to recount these experiences and share intimate details, which can lead to additional trauma. New laws effective as of July 1 can better protect young Hoosiers and support sexual assault survivors when reporting the terrible acts they have experienced.
STATEHOUSE (May 26, 2020) – Local small businesses and nonprofits can now utilize the state's new online marketplace to request personal protective equipment, according to Hamilton County lawmakers.
STATEHOUSE (May 19, 2020) – Gov. Eric Holcomb recently named Carmel High School student Iris Yan to the 2020 Governor's STEM Team, according to State Reps. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) and Jerry Torr (R-Carmel).
It is hard to believe it has been roughly six weeks since COVID-19 made its first appearance in Indiana. Our state's stay-at-home order can put an extra strain on those Hoosiers who suffer from mental health issues or are victims of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is struggling, resources are available to help us all cope and push through this pandemic.
STATEHOUSE (April 6, 2020) – Hamilton County lawmakers encourage Hoosier workers and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to access recently expanded state and federal resources for help.
Note to the press: Please include the following statements from State Reps. Tony Cook (R-Cicero), Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville), Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) and Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) in your coverage of State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) being sworn in as Indiana House speaker:
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 25, 2020) – The House Judiciary Committee Monday approved a bill sponsored by State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) that would help protect young sex crime victims from experiencing additional trauma during the legal process.
Photo Caption: (Left to right) House Speaker-elect Todd Huston (R-Fishers), State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel), House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero), State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) and State Rep. Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville) pair sneakers with their suits to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse.
In the court system, those involved in cases often give depositions, which are out-of-court statements provided under oath. Often, depositions involve a verbal examination followed by cross-examination from the opposing side. While this step helps those involved in court cases prepare for trials, it also causes child victims of sex crimes additional trauma as they tell their stories over and over again. At times this happens with the alleged perpetrator in the room. This session, I am sponsoring a proposal for a new law that would help prevent these children from being subjected to the trauma of discovery depositions, except in certain circumstances.
Photo Caption: State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) (right) welcomes Carmel resident Cooper Grabow (left) to the Statehouse Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Indianapolis.
Note to the press: Please include the following statements from State Reps. Tony Cook (R-Cicero), Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville), Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) and Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) in your coverage of House Republicans selecting State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) as House speaker-elect:
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 16, 2019) – Local communities were recently awarded more than $1.4 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to Hamilton County lawmakers.
After each national census every 10 years, the Indiana Constitution reapportionment of legislative districts to accurately reflect the updated population data. During the redistricting process, new borders are drawn for State House and Senate districts. Changing the way Indiana creates the legislative districts to a nonpartisan system would add transparency to our electoral maps and prevent potential gerrymandering in the future.
STATEHOUSE (March 21, 2019) – Artwork by two Carmel artists will soon be displayed at the Statehouse, according to State Reps. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) and Jerry Torr (R-Carmel).
Jody Bruns and Aren Straiger were selected to have their artwork decorate the Statehouse as part of Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch’s Hoosier Women Artists initiative.
Note to the press: Please include the following statements from State Reps. Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville), Tony Cook (R-Cicero), Todd Huston (R-Fishers), Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) and Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) in your coverage of the shooting at Noblesville West Middle School.
STATEHOUSE (April 16, 2018) – State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) on Saturday at the Palladium in Carmel presented a Sagamore of the Wabash award to Alan Davis for his dedicated leadership as president and CEO of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 26, 2018) — A Carmel High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2018 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 15, 2018) — State Reps. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) and Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) on Tuesday at the Statehouse honored the Carmel High School Band for winning the 2017 Bands of America Grand National Championships.
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