Jim Lucas

Jim Lucas

Representative | District 69

Contact Information

Phone: 317-234-9447

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h69@iga.in.gov

Press Contact

Wade Coggeshall

Phone: 317-232-9693

Email: wade.coggeshall@iga.in.gov

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Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your representative here at the Statehouse. I appreciate you taking the time to visit my website. Hopefully this site will be a valuable resource of information for all residents of House District 69.

Your input is very important to me. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me either by phone or email. I will serve our community with openness transparency, and communicating your thoughts with me will help me better represent your voice in the legislature.

Sincerely,

Jim Lucas
State Representative
House District 69

State Rep. Jim Lucas
Indiana State Representative | 2012-present
Represents House District 69, which includes portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jefferson and Jennings counties.

Committees:
Education
Elections and Apportionment
Public Policy
Select Committee on Government Reduction

Occupation:
The Awning Guy, Inc., Owner

Telephone:
(317) 234-9499 Direct Line
(800) 382-9841 Toll Free

Address:
200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

BIO:
State Rep. Jim Lucas of Seymour was first elected to serve the constituents of House District 69 in 2012. 

As a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a small-business owner, Lucas brings valuable experience to policy discussions. His biggest priorities at the Statehouse are jobs, fiscal integrity, education and protecting the right to bear arms.

Prior to joining the Indiana House of Representatives, Lucas served on the Seymour City Council. He also remains active in the community as a member of the American Legion, the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, is a life-long member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour, and owns The Awning Guy, Inc.

Lucas lives in Seymour. He has three children, Suzanne, Jack and Maddie. He also has two grandchildren, Clark and Freddie.

House District 69 is composed of portions of Bartholomew, Jennings, Jackson and Jefferson counties in Southeast Indiana. To find your House District, click here.


State Rep. Lucas responds to officer involved shooting in Seymour

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Monday, November 2, 2020

"The Seymour police officers who responded to this incident demonstrated bravery and proper training in a dangerous situation. It's yet another example of the risk law enforcement face every time they put on the uniform to serve and protect our communities and I fully support our police officers on the city, county and state levels. I'm confident the Indiana State Police will conduct a thorough and fair investigation, and thankful no bystanders or officers were harmed."

State Rep. Lucas: Don't delay, apply for a paid Statehouse internship by Oct. 31

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, October 27, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) said time is running out for local students to apply for a paid internship with the Indiana House of Representatives in Indianapolis.

State Rep. Lucas: Free FAFSA workshop available on Oct. 29 in Seymour

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, October 21, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) encourages Seymour High School seniors and families to attend a workshop on Thursday, Oct. 29 for help completing and filing the 2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.

Bartholomew Co. lawmakers encourage local communities to apply for road funding grants

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, October 15, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 15, 2020) – Area lawmakers encourage communities in Bartholomew County to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

Bartholomew County lawmakers: Hoosiers can take advantage of voting early in-person through Nov. 2

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, October 9, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 9, 2020) – Hoosiers can vote absentee-in-person at several locations across Bartholomew County until Nov. 2, according to area lawmakers.

State Rep. Lucas encourages local communities to apply for road funding grants

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Thursday, October 8, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) encourages communities in Southeast Indiana to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

State Reps. Lucas, Davisson encourage local communities to apply for road funding grants

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, October 6, 2020

State Reps. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and Steve Davisson (R-Salem) encourage communities in South Central Indiana to apply for the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program to help fund local road and bridge projects.

Lucas: Apply today for paid internship at the Statehouse

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Tuesday, September 22, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) encourages 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.

Lucas: State grants help expand internet access to more area residents, businesses

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Two Jennings County projects expanding fast and reliable internet to unserved homes and businesses can now move forward thanks to more than $431,000 in state broadband grants, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Davisson, Lucas: Area schools receive $1.7M to boost remote learning resources

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Area schools recently received more than $1.7 million in grants to invest in remote learning equipment and internet connectivity, according to State Reps. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) and Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Lucas: INvets launches enhanced program to match vets with careers

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Thursday, August 6, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) encourages veterans and Indiana companies to connect through INvet's next-generation website.

State recognizes Malcomb's Barber & Beauty Salon for operating 50+ years

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Malcomb's Barber & Beauty Salon recently received the Governor’s Half Century Business Award recognizing its longstanding service in the community, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Rep. Lucas invites constituents to lunch and conversation Saturday

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Thursday, July 30, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) invites House District 69 constituents lunch and conversation Saturday, Aug. 1, to discuss issues affecting the community and state.

Lucas: Indiana Grown reaches milestone, expands membership

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, July 27, 2020

Indiana Grown celebrates its five-year anniversary this month as it continues to attract more members and expand services, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Lucas reminds local residents to complete census

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, July 17, 2020

STATEHOUSE (July 17, 2020) – According to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour), 2020 census responses are critical to future federal funding in local communities, and Hoosiers should respond now if they have not already done so. Census Surge Week kicked off Monday to remind residents to complete their 2020 census forms before door-to-door visits begin in

Lucas, Davisson warn of coronavirus-related scams, highlight helpful tips

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Tuesday, July 14, 2020

State Reps. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and Steve Davisson (R-Salem) urge Hoosiers to be vigilant in protecting themselves against scams, which continue to surge during the public health pandemic.

State Rep. Lucas highlights new laws effective July 1

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Wednesday, July 1, 2020

With many new laws effective July 1, State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) said several important changes supporting Hoosier teachers, patients, farmers and gun owners.

Lucas: Don't go hungry, turn to Indiana's Operation Food for help

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Wednesday, June 24, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) encourages Hoosiers who may be struggling to make ends meet and needing food assistance to turn to the state's recently launched Operation Food program for help. 

Lucas: Help available to farmers who suffered losses due to pandemic

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, June 12, 2020

Local farmers and agricultural producers directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for financial assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Lucas: Hoosier jobseekers should consider free job training, skilling-up amid COVID-19

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, June 1, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) 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.

Jackson County lawmakers announce Indiana voters can now request absentee ballots online

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, May 8, 2020

Indiana's registered voters can now submit an online application to receive their mail-in absentee ballot.

Lucas announces local recipients of $7,500 teaching scholarship

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, April 27, 2020

Area students pursuing a career in education recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Lucas highlights mental health resources available to Hoosiers during pandemic

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Tuesday, April 21, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) said many helpful mental health resources are available to Hoosiers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bartholomew County legislators announce over $998K awarded to boost local road projects

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, April 16, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 16, 2020) – Area lawmakers recently announced Bartholomew County received over $998,000 in state matching grants to bolster road and bridge improvements.

Jackson County legislators announce over $3.2 million awarded to boost local road projects

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall, Randy Spieth  | Monday, April 13, 2020

Jackson County lawmakers announced local communities were recently awarded more than $3.2 million in state matching grants to bolster road and bridge improvements.

Bartholomew County lawmakers highlight free online learning tools available to Hoosier students, parents

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, April 9, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 9, 2020) – With Indiana school buildings closed for the academic year, Bartholomew County legislators said there are several online resources available to help students continue learning at home.

Bartholomew County lawmakers say help available to Hoosier workers, employers impacted by COVID-19

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Thursday, April 2, 2020

Bartholomew County legislators are encouraging Hoosier workers and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to access recently expanded state and federal resources for help.

Student pages visit Rep. Lucas at the Statehouse

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, March 20, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse where they served as pages during the 2020 legislative session.

Rep. Lucas: North Vernon native gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Cameron Michaels  | Monday, March 9, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 9, 2020) – Jennings County High School graduate Chantz Morris is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and his fellow members of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2020 legislative session. Morris, a North Vernon resident, is the son of Billy and Kristi Morris. He graduated from Indiana

Lucas honors life of local U.S. Marine at Statehouse

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Wednesday, February 19, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) recently honored the life of Jennings County native Lance Cpl. Jacky Ray Koenig Jr. of the U.S. Marine Corps for his service to his country.

Reps. Bartels, Lucas join House lawmakers and Indiana Legion to help homeless Hoosier veterans

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Indiana House of Representatives and the American Legion, Department of Indiana joined forces at the Statehouse Monday to fill care packages for homeless Hoosier veterans.

Lucas fills care packages to help homeless Hoosier veterans

Posted by: Cameron Michaels  | Tuesday, February 11, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) (right) fills a care package to donate to a veteran in need on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the Indiana Statehouse. 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.

Lucas: Supporting our educators, schools

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Tuesday, February 4, 2020

We all place a high value on the hard work and dedication our educators put in every day as they shape Indiana’s next generation. As a member of the House Education Committee, I continue to hear the valuable input teachers provide to help shape key bills we are working on this session to meet their needs. 

Lucas pairs sneakers with his suit to raise cancer awareness

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, February 3, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) pairs his sneakers with his suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. As a cancer survivor, Lucas stresses the importance of following the American Cancer Society’s recommended screenings.

Lucas invites students to page at the Statehouse

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Thursday, January 16, 2020

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) encourages Hoosier students interested in state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2020 legislative session.

Over $2.5M to fuel Bartholomew County road projects

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, October 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2019) – Local communities were recently awarded over $2.5 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to area lawmakers.

Lucas: A giant leap for cannabis advocates

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The negative stigma surrounding cannabis needs to end and now is the perfect opportunity to implement the benefits it can bring Hoosiers. With the recent decision by the Marion County prosecutor to no longer prosecute adults in possession of one ounce or less of marijuana when that charge is the only or most serious one, Indiana took a positive giant leap forward in ending its war on cannabis.

Lucas: Ivy Tech offers scholarship for volunteer firefighters, EMTs

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, September 20, 2019

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) encourages active volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians to apply for the Ivy Tech Community College Public Safety Scholarship.

Jackson County lawmakers seek applicants for paid Statehouse internship

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, September 6, 2019

Jackson 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.

Lucas to serve on two key summer study committees

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, June 27, 2019

STATEHOUSE (June 27, 2019) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) will serve on the Interim Study Committee on Public Policy and the Interim Study Committee on Elections. Summer study committees examine the state’s top issues and recommend potential legislation. “These committees give us a chance as legislators to explore topics that need

Rep. Lucas: Local grads gain experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Tuesday, March 26, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 26, 2019) — Local graduates are gaining experience as interns with State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.

 

Student pages join State Rep. Jim Lucas at the Statehouse

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Monday, March 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 11, 2019) – State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.

House supports Lucasí bill offering handgun training to teachers who carry

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Tuesday, February 19, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2019) — The House of Representatives Monday voted in support of State Rep. Jim Lucas’ (R-Seymour) bill that would offer handgun training to teachers who are allowed by their school boards to carry on school grounds.

House advances Lucasí bill protecting citizens using self-defense

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Tuesday, February 12, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2019) — The House of Representatives Monday voted in support of State Rep. Jim Lucas’s (R-Seymour) bill that would provide legal protections for Hoosiers acting in self-defense.

Committee supports Lucasí bill protecting citizens using self-defense

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Sydney Livingston  | Tuesday, February 5, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2019) — The House Judiciary Committee voted in support of State Rep. Jim Lucas’s (R-Seymour) bill that would provide legal protections for Hoosiers acting in self-defense.

Local leaders invite students to page at the Statehouse

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Thursday, December 20, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 20, 2018) – State Reps. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) and Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) encourage students who want to learn more about state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2019 legislative session.

Lucas reappointed vice chair of House government reduction committee

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Monday, December 10, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 10, 2018) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) was recently reappointed to serve as the vice chair of the House Select Committee on Government Reduction.

Jackson County farm receives Hoosier Homestead Award

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Friday, August 17, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 17, 2018) — The M & M Wischmeier Farm were recently recognized at the Indiana State Fair for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown).

Jennings County farms receive Hoosier Homestead Awards

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Friday, August 17, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 17, 2018) — Local family farms were recognized Friday at the Indiana State Fair for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to local lawmakers. 

Bartholomew County farms receive Hoosier Homestead Awards

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, August 16, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 16, 2018) — Family farms in Bartholomew County were recognized Friday at the Indiana State Fair for being in operation for 100 years or more, according to local lawmakers.

Local legislators invite students to apply for an internship at the Statehouse

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Friday, July 27, 2018

STATEHOUSE (July 27, 2018) – State Reps. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) and Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) invite local college students and recent graduates to apply for an internship with the House of Representatives for the 2019 legislative session, which begins in January.

American Legion honors State Rep. Jim Lucas

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Tuesday, July 17, 2018

STATEHOUSE (July 17, 2018) – State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) on Saturday received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Legion Department of Indiana for his work on behalf of Hoosier veterans.

Lucas to serve on public policy summer study committee

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Wednesday, June 20, 2018

 STATEHOUSE (June 20, 2018) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R- Seymour) was recently selected to serve on the Interim Study Committee on Public Policy, which examines assigned topic, gathers testimony and recommends potential legislation.

Lucas: Future educator scholarship awarded to local students

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Wednesday, May 2, 2018

STATEHOUSE (May 2, 2018) — Several students in Bartholomew and Jackson counties planning to pursue a career in education were selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Student pages join Rep. Lucas at the Statehouse

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Kayla King  | Tuesday, March 27, 2018

STATEHOUSE (March 27, 2018) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.

Rep. Lucas urges INDOT to rename road after local fallen heroes

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Monday, February 19, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2018)  The Indiana House of Representatives supported State Rep. Jim Lucas’ (R-Seymour) resolution today that would rename a section of road in Jennings County after two fallen police officers.

Rep. Lucas: Local grad gains experience at the Statehouse

Posted by: Abigail Campbell and Kayla King  | Monday, February 12, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2018) — A Seymour High School graduate is gaining experience as an intern with State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2018 legislative session.

House approves Lucas' industrial hemp bill

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Wednesday, January 31, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2018) — The Indiana House of Representatives passed State Rep. Jim Lucas’ (R-Seymour) proposal today that would establish a pilot program to study the production and marketing of industrial hemp in Indiana.

House committee advances Lucas' industrial hemp bill

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Thursday, January 25, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 25, 2018) — The House Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development today supported State Rep. Jim Lucas’ (R-Seymour) proposal  that would legalize the production and marketing of industrial hemp in Indiana.

Lucas: Prioritizing Hoosier needs this session

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Tuesday, January 2, 2018

With the General Assembly’s 2018 session kicking off this week, I would like to share my proposals for new laws to help constituents gain an understanding of why I am proposing these measures and the benefits they could bring. One piece of legislation I have been working on for years is the elimination of the licensing of a constitutional right,

Rep. Lucas invites students to the Statehouse

Posted by: Abigail Campbell  | Friday, December 29, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 29, 2017) — Applications are open for students interested in participating in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2018 legislative session, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Rep. Lucas statement on plans to introduce constitutional carry legislation

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Monday, October 30, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 30, 2017) — “I believe it’s wrong to require a license to exercise a Constitutional right. I plan to introduce Second Amendment legislation known as Constitutional Carry that would eliminate this cumbersome and expensive burden on innocent, law-abiding Hoosiers. The only people who would be affected by this would be those innocent people that currently have to fill out lengthy forms online, take time off work to get fingerprinted and pay a fee of up to $140 to get a card to prove their innocence — all to receive a license. I look forward to this upcoming session where I can bring this piece of legislation to the House of Representatives to consider as I work to give the people of Indiana the ‘right to bear arms for defense of themselves and the state.’”

Lucas: Madison named a Stellar Community

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Monday, October 23, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 23, 2017) — Madison has secured the title of a Stellar Community from the 2017 Stellar Communities Designation Program, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Licensing a Constitutional Right

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, October 19, 2017

The first 10 Amendments are the Bill of Rights. They use absolute language as they define and protect our individual rights, and their purpose is outlined concisely in the Preamble. The Indiana Constitution also uses absolute language in protecting our gun rights; “Article 1 Section 32 – The people shall have a right to bear arms for defense of themselves and the State.”

Lucas: New grant money paves way for local road projects

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, September 21, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 21, 2017) — Local communities will receive state matching grants to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Lucas: Letter to the editor

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, September 11, 2017

Dear editor, After two hearings on constitutional carry, I am amazed at the amount of misunderstanding and misrepresentation still being shown on this issue and want to set the record straight on several points. Article 1 Section 32 of the Indiana Constitution specifically reads, “The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of

Lucas, fellow committee members examine constitutional carry

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, September 7, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 7, 2017) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and fellow members of the Joint Committee on Judiciary and Public Policy today continued examining the implementation of constitutional carry in Indiana.

Lucas: Apply today to intern at the Indiana Statehouse

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Wednesday, September 6, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 6, 2017) – Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2018 legislative session, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

 

Rep. Lucas statement on first meeting over constitutional carry

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Note to the press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) in your coverage of the first hearing of the Joint Committee on Judiciary and Public Policy, which took place today at the Statehouse. The committee heard testimony on whether Indiana should establish constitutional carry, which would mean a person would no longer have to obtain a license to carry a handgun in the state.

Lucas: Small businesses can report duplicative state requirements via new web portal

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, July 20, 2017

STATEHOUSE (July 20, 2017) – State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) is asking Hoosier employers to submit duplicative or redundant state reporting requirements using a new online portal.

Lucas: Counties to receive more than $82M for road funding over next five years

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, July 13, 2017

STATEHOUSE (July 13, 2017) – “In the next five years, our local communities will receive more than $82 million to improve our local roads and bridges, and fund vital infrastructure projects. This funding was made available thanks to a responsible and comprehensive plan passed by the legislature this session. These local improvements will help keep Hoosiers safe as they travel on our roadways, while also helping to secure Indiana’s position as the Crossroads of America.”

Lucas to serve on key summer study committees

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, July 6, 2017

STATEHOUSE (July 6, 2017) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) was recently named to three summer study committees, which examine assigned topics, gather testimonies and recommend potential legislation.

Lucas: Local students receive first-ever educator scholarship

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, May 26, 2017

STATEHOUSE (May 26, 2017) — Local students planning to pursue a career in education are among the recipients of this year’s Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour). 

Lucas: Lawmakers to examine constitutional carry this summer

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Wednesday, May 3, 2017

STATEHOUSE (May 3, 2017) — Gov. Eric Holcomb approved State Rep. Jim Lucas’s (R-Seymour) proposal calling for policymakers to examine whether constitutional carry should be implemented in Indiana. 

Lucas welcomes student pages to the Statehouse

Posted by: Devan Strebing & Shelby Seay  | Friday, April 21, 2017

STATEHOUSE (April 21, 2017) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse.

As a House page, these participants toured government offices, helped staff with daily duties and joined Lucas on the House floor during the legislative session: 

Lucasí bill prohibiting illegal immigrants from possessing firearms is signed into law

Posted by: Devan Strebing & Shelby Seay  | Monday, April 17, 2017

STATEHOUSE (April 17, 2017) — Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed into law a proposal sponsored by State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) that will make the possession of a firearm by an illegal immigrant a Level 6 felony. 

Lucas: Local farms honored at the Statehouse

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, April 7, 2017

STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2017) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) today honored a pair of locally owned family farms for being in operation for more than 100 years.

The Wischmeier/Wehmiller farm, located in Jackson County, and the Owens farm, located in Jefferson County, were recognized at the Statehouse with Hoosier Homestead awards for over 100 years of family farm ownership. 

Lucasí bill prohibiting illegal immigrants from possessing firearms moves to the governor

Posted by: Devan Strebing & Shelby Seay  | Tuesday, March 28, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 28, 2017) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted today in support of a bill sponsored by State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) that would make the possession of a firearm by an illegal immigrant a Level 6 felony. 

House committee supports Lucasís bill banning illegal immigrants from possessing firearms

Posted by: Devan Strebing & Shelby Seay  | Friday, March 24, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 24, 2017) — The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code recently voted in unanimous support of a bill sponsored by State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) that would make the possession of a firearm by an illegal immigrant a Level 6 felony.

Lucas: Committee passes bill allowing corrections employees to keep handgun on property

Posted by: Devan Strebing & Shelby Seay  | Wednesday, March 22, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2017) — The House Committee on Public Policy voted in support of a bill sponsored by State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) that would allow correctional facility employees to keep their firearm on company property in a locked vehicle.

Lucas: Local lawmakers to host town hall meeting

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, March 21, 2017

WHO:

State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour)

State Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown)

State Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford)

Davisson: Local legislators wear sneakers to support cancer awareness

Posted by: Nick Seifer  | Wednesday, March 8, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 8, 2017) – Area lawmakers laced up their sneakers with their suits this week at the Statehouse to help raise cancer awareness. State Reps. Steve Davisson (R-Salem), Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth), Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown), Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and Chris May (R-Bedford) participated in the annual event. The Suits and Sneakers

Local students gain valuable experience with Rep. Lucas at the Statehouse

Posted by: Devan Strebing & Shelby Seay  | Thursday, February 23, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 23, 2017) — Local graduates are gaining experience as interns with State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and his fellow members of the House of Representatives during the 2017 legislative session.

Lucas calls on legislators to consider constitutional carry proposal over summer

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, February 14, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 14, 2017) — The House Committee on Public Policy today voted in favor of further studying State Rep. Jim Lucas’s (R-Seymour) proposal calling for constitutional carry in Indiana. 

Lucas honors the USS Indiana Commission Committee

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, January 12, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 12, 2017) – State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) today at the Statehouse honored the USS Indiana Commission Committee with a resolution recognizing their work on behalf of the state.

Spend a day at the Statehouse with Rep. Lucas

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Wednesday, January 4, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 4, 2017) — Applications are now open for students interested in participating in the Indiana House Page Program, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour). 

Lucas selected to serve on four House committees

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Monday, December 19, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 19, 2016) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) was recently reappointed to serve as vice chair of the House Committee on Government and Regulatory Reform

Lucas appointed to leadership positions in the House

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Wednesday, November 23, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 23, 2016) — House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) today appointed State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) as Assistant Majority Whip and vice chair of the House Committee on Government and Regulatory Reform.

Lucas: Organization Day kicks off 2017 legislative session

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, November 22, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 22, 2016) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) joined fellow legislators at the Statehouse today for the Indiana General Assembly’s Organization Day. 

Lucas: Gain experience by interning with the House of Representatives

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, September 27, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 27, 2016) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and fellow Republican members of the Indiana House of Representatives are seeking interns for the upcoming 2017 legislative session, which runs from January through April.

Lucas recognized for conservative excellence

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Monday, September 12, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 12, 2016) – State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) received an award for conservative excellence from the American Conservative Union Foundation in its 2016 ratings of the Indiana General Assembly.

Lucas: Local communities awarded grants to improve roads

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, August 26, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 24, 2016) — Local communities received state matching grants this week to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Lucas: Local farms honored at the Indiana State Fair

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Monday, August 15, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 15, 2016) — Six local farms were recognized on Friday with Hoosier Homestead awards for 100 years or more of family farm ownership, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Lucas to serve on Public Policy summer study committee

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, June 24, 2016

STATEHOUSE (June 24, 2016) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) will be serving on the Interim Study Committee on Public Policy.

Lucas earns top score from Indiana Chamber

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, May 17, 2016

STATEHOUSE (May 17, 2016) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) earned 98 percent on the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Vote Analysis for his support of pro-economy, pro-jobs legislation.

Rep. Lucas: That's a wrap

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, March 18, 2016

The 2016 legislative session came to a close last week, and legislators worked together to make significant progress on important issues facing Indiana.

House Republicans set out with priorities focused on supporting educators and schools and funding Indiana’s infrastructure needs.

Lucas statement on local tragedy

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, March 10, 2016

Note to the press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) in your coverage of today’s news of the shooting at Cummins Seymour Technical Center: STATEHOUSE (March 10, 2016) — “A horrible tragedy has occurred in our community this morning and we keep those affected by this in our thoughts and prayers.

Rep. Lucas: Jackson County student gaining experience with the legislature

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Monday, February 22, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 22, 2016) — State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) welcomes Seymour resident, Samantha Shell, to the Statehouse where she is interning with the House of Representatives during the 2016 legislative session.

Rep. Lucas: 2016 Session Legislative Update

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, February 19, 2016

The 2016 legislative session recently passed the halfway mark. Legislators in the House of Representatives approved 116 proposals, sending them to the Indiana Senate for consideration, while legislators in the Indiana Senate approved and sent 150 bills to the House for consideration. Main topics from session include supporting education, funding roads and curbing illegal drugs.

Rep. Lucas welcomes student pages to the Statehouse

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, February 5, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 5, 2016) – State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) recently welcomed the following student pages to the Statehouse:

Pre-K grants

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dear Friend, If you or someone you know is a Jackson County resident who is also preparing to send their child to prekindergarten, consider applying for an On My Way Pre-K grant. Applications for the need-based grants provided by the state must be submitted before March 25, 2016. In addition to Jackson County, residents in Allen, Lake, Marion and

Protecting our constitutional rights

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, January 15, 2016

The 2016 session is in full swing at the Indiana Statehouse and it has already been a very productive two weeks in the House of Representatives. Policymakers are examining numerous important issues including meeting the state’s road infrastructure needs, supporting education, curbing illegal drug use and protecting our gun rights. House Republicans

Statement: Rep. Lucas comments on Boys and Girls Club partnership

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Note to the press: Please include the following statement from State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) in your coverage of Organization Day 2015 at the Indiana Statehouse. “This session I look forward to joining lawmakers to tackle issues including education, transportation and individual rights,” State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) said. “I

Rep. Lucas: Educating our Hoosiers

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, October 29, 2015

Dear friend, As school officials still await the results of last spring’s ISTEP, Gov. Mike Pence recently announced he is working with the General Assembly to make sure the predicted decline in test scores — due to the adoption of new and higher standards — does not unfairly impact teacher evaluations and performance bonuses this year.

Rep. Lucas applauds 2015 session as a victory for taxpayers

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, April 29, 2015

STATEHOUSE- “The 2015 legislative session was another victory for Hoosier taxpayers. With an unwavering commitment to fiscal integrity, we passed another honestly balanced budget without increasing taxes. By always remembering that the state’s financial resources represent hard-earned taxpayer money, we were careful to protect our AAA credit

Your government at work

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The second half of the legislative session is officially underway. Although 650 plus bills were filed this year, only 174 passed out of the House and were sent to the Senate for further consideration. As we begin reviewing legislation from the Senate, with much more work still ahead of us, I believe it is important to keep you informed about the legislative

Rep. Lucas commends first responders, extends prayers for resilience

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, November 25, 2014

STATEHOUSE – “My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families in North Vernon, whose homes and businesses were affected by the recent fires. Although the devastation cannot be overstated, I want to commend the brave responders, from North Vernon as well as several surrounding counties, who rushed to the scene to extinguish the fires and keep

Rep. Lucas appointed Vice Chairman of Government and Regulatory Reform Committee

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Friday, November 21, 2014

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) was appointed to serve as Vice Chairman of the Government and Regulatory Reform Committee by House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis). The Speaker of the House appoints committee chairmen biennially, following each election of the General Assembly. “I consider it a great privilege to

[r69] Organization Day charity seeks end to domestic violence

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, November 18, 2014

STATEHOUSE – On Organization Day, State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) joined House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), legislators, staff and other state office holders in donating linens, gift cards and various supplies to the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) at the Statehouse. “The battle against domestic violence

[r69] Rep. Lucas responds to preschool pilot program announcement

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

STATEHOUSE — “I am pleased that Jackson County has been selected for the preschool pilot program. Preschool gives children the opportunity to develop vital skills, particularly reading, at an early age. These skills will benefit the child the rest of his or her life. “In its early stages, this pilot program is limited to only five

[r69] Hoosier Homestead Awards recognize rich agricultural heritage

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Friday, March 28, 2014

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) congratulates the Kruse and Tape farms, both of Jackson County, for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Ted McKinney at the Indiana Statehouse on Thursday. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with

[r69] Giving locals more tools to attract businesses

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, February 18, 2014

STATEHOUSE - As a firm believer in limited government, I hold strongly to the notion that getting government off the backs of businesses is the surest way for the private sector to flourish and create more jobs. In recent years, the General Assembly has improved Indiana’s business climate by lowering the corporate income tax. While that has made

[r69] Athletic participation bill passes the House

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

STATEHOUSE —House Bill (HB) 1047, authored by State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour), passed out of the House Monday with a 51 to 44 vote. The measure deals with virtual charter school students participating in high school athletics. “It is important that we give virtual charter students the same opportunity to participate in athletics that

[r69] Rep. Lucas responds to State of the State address

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, January 14, 2014

STATEHOUSE - “I enjoyed hearing Governor Pence outline his legislative priorities this evening. His conservative approach to economic issues is crucial to Indiana’s continued status as the fiscal envy of the Midwest.” “As a small business owner, I truly appreciate the Governor’s commitment to helping create an environment

[r69] Organization Day charity drive focuses on giving back

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, November 19, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) joined House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), legislators, staff and other state office holders in donating sporting equipment and other items to Special Olympics of Indiana today at the Statehouse. “Special Olympics Indiana is honored to be chosen by Speaker Bosma for Organization

[r69] Honoring True American Heroes

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Monday, November 11, 2013

STAETHOUSE - Today, we find ourselves in a place of solemn commemoration. Veterans Day is about remembering and honoring anyone who has answered freedom's call to defend our great republic. Without the sacrifice of countless heroes, America could not continue to be the city on a hill and the last bastion of freedom. Yesterday, November 10th, was the 238th

[r69] Rep. Lucas meets with Chinese delegation

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, October 29, 2013

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) met yesterday with delegation members representing the Zhejiang Province’s Foreign Affairs Department. The Zhejiang Province, home to more than 54 million people, has been Indiana’s sister state in China since 1987. Their province has expressed a commitment to continue commercial

[r69] Local Fire Departments receive Homeland Security grant funding

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, October 9, 2013

STATEHOUSE - Recently, the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation (IHSF) awarded nearly $374,000 in grant funding to local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency medical services across the state. Local departments can receive up to $4000 to help fund additional training or to purchase new equipment. We were fortunate that two departments

[r69] Celebrating Constitution Day

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, September 17, 2013

STATEHOUSE - On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed one of the most influential documents in the history of the world – the United States Constitution. This document established the framework of our government and the rights and freedoms we enjoy today. The Constitution is one of the world’s oldest surviving constitutions and

[r69] Remembering 9/11/2001

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, September 11, 2013

STATEHOUSE - It has been 12 years since the terrorist attacks took place on 9/11, a fateful day that changed our nation forever. We will always remember our nation’s heroes and their sacrifices on that day. It is not uncommon to hear stories from our family, friends and coworkers retelling the details of where they were and what they were doing the

[r69] Rep. Lucas congratulates local families on longstanding farms

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Friday, August 9, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) congratulates William Holmes Thompson from Jackson County and the Phillips family from Jennings 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 this week. The Hoosier Homestead Award

[r69] Independence Day, more than fireworks

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Thursday, July 4, 2013

STATEHOUSE – The 4th of July is a time to celebrate what the United States of America is for each one of us. Our country was born out of the desire to create a government that works for the freedom of its citizens, providing all with the ability to choose their own path. Our nation began the fight for freedom on July 4, 1776, and we have not stopped

[r69] Rep. Lucas appointed to education and military summer study committees

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Monday, June 24, 2013

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) has been appointed to serve on the Commission on Education, the Interim Study Committee on Common Core Educational Standards and the Military Base Planning Council. “Following my first legislative session, I am honored to be selected to three important committees” said Rep. Lucas.

[r69] Rep. Lucas: HEA 1338 aims for higher education

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, June 5, 2013

STATEHOUSE – Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) joined Governor Mike Pence yesterday for a ceremonial signing of House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1338, a measure that will raise the standards and accountability for charter schools in Indiana. Rep. Lucas co-authored the legislation. “We are always aiming for higher education standards. This legislation ensures

[r69] Rep. Lucas: Session successfully concludes

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, April 30, 2013

STATEHOUSE — The 2013 legislative session has come to a finish. State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) is pleased to see three of his top priority bills become law this session: Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 1, SEA 32 and SEA 403. SEA 1 establishes the Indiana Secured School Fund to provide matching grants to public schools to employ school safety

[r69] Exegistics receives high-status WorkOne Achievement Award

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Tuesday, April 16, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) congratulates Exegistics, from North Vernon for receiving the WorkOne Achievement Award. In a ceremony today, 12 Hoosier companies and 12 individuals were recognized for their commitment to job creation as well as utilizing WorkOne’s available resources for exceptional career development

[r69] Hoosier farmers recognized for achievements

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Monday, March 25, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) congratulates the Padgett-Addelman Farm from Jennings County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Agriculture Director Gina Sheets at the Indiana Statehouse. The Hoosier Homestead Award Program recognizes families with farms that

[r69] Tax relief for farmers signed into law

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, February 27, 2013

STATEHOUSE — Legislation co-sponsored by State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) assisting Hoosier farmers was signed into law today by Gov. Pence. This is the first piece of legislation to be signed in the 2013 legislative session. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 319 was fast‐tracked through the House in order to prevent an estimated tax increase

[r69] House Budget puts a premium on fiscal integrity

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Wednesday, February 20, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) supports the conservative principles that went into drafting the House Budget (HB 1001). “The House Budget puts a premium on fiscal integrity,” said Rep. Lucas. “Our prudent conservative approach to maintaining healthy reserves will protect taxpayers in the possibility of

[r69] Property tax bill gets fast-tracked through the House

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Monday, February 18, 2013

STATEHOUSE — Senate Bill (SB) 319, sponsored by State Representative Don Lehe (R-Brookston) and cosponsored by State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour), passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Monday with a unanimous vote. SB 319 is the first piece of legislation to pass both houses in the 2013 legislative session. SB 319 addresses the

[r69] Suits and Sneakers at the Statehouse

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Monday, January 28, 2013

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) and House legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse today in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to promote awareness of the fight against cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, last year 35,000 Hoosiers heard the words “you have cancer,”

[r69] House Page Program now accepting pages for 2013 session

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Thursday, January 17, 2013

STATEHOUSE — State Representative Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) encourages local students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program. The program offers students ages 13 to 18 the chance to visit the Statehouse and see a full day of legislative activity. “Any student that is interested in learning about the legislative process and being a part of a

[REP CAUCUS] 69 Republicans Ready to Serve (11/7/2012)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Start Date: 11/7/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AMEnd Date: 11/7/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM STATEHOUSE - Members of the Indiana House Republican Caucus convened today to organize and elect their leaders for the upcoming legislative session. The caucus re-elected the leadership team of Representative Brian Bosma as Speaker (R-Indianapolis), Representative Bill Friend

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