Julie Olthoff

Julie Olthoff

Representative | District 19

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Phone: 317-232-9863

Phone: 1-800-382-9841

Email: h19@iga.in.gov

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Welcome to my website! I am honored to serve House District 19 as your state representative.

My goal is to accurately represent our district’s thoughts and perspectives while making our state the best it can be. My focus is on supporting policies that foster job creation for Northwest Indiana. I am also passionate about helping victims of sexual assault.

If you are interested in receiving information or updates regarding the issues being discussed in state government, do not hesitate to email my office at h19@iga.in.gov or sign up to begin receiving my email newsletter by clicking here.

You can also follow House Republicans on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

I am honored to serve our community in the General Assembly, and to support legislation moving Indiana forward.

Sincerely,
Julie Olthoff
State Representative
House District 19

 

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House District 19: Portions of Lake and Porter counties

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

Telephone:

  • Statehouse 800-382-9841
  • Local 317-232-9850

Hometown: Crown Point

Occupation: President and owner of VIA Marketing

Representative Julie Olthoff was born the second oldest of seven children and worked her way through college. Employed at Adcom Advertising for nine years, she worked her way up to art director. Eventually she started her own firm, VIA Marketing. Her company has been serving Northwest Indiana for 29 years and employs seven people. She has been married to Ron Olthoff since 1986 and attends CrossPoint Church. Both participated in mission trips to Argentina and Brazil.

Community Involvement:

Athena International Leadership Award, 1994 Business Woman of the Year
2014 SBDC E-Day Women in Business Champion Award
Lake County Economic Development Alliance, Founding Board Member 2013
Engaging Northwest Indiana Business Women, Founding Board Member 2009 - 2012
2013 Chairman of Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce
1998-99 Chairman and Lifetime Achievement Award, Merrillville Chamber of Commerce
Employer of the Year Award 2003-2004
Merrillville Redevelopment Authority, 2014 President
Merrillville Plan Commission over 10 years

House District 19 includes all of Winfield and portions of Center, Ross and Hobart townships in Lake County and a portion of Porter township in Porter County.

Olthoff sworn in as new state representative for House District 19

Posted by: Josh DeFonce  | Thursday, November 19, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 18, 2020) – Julie Olthoff of Crown Point took the oath of office Tuesday to serve as state representative for House District 19.

Region schools receive Blue Ribbon designation

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, October 10, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 10, 2018) – Three Northwest Indiana schools were among the seven honored Tuesday, Oct. 2, by the Indiana Department of Education for receiving a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School Award, according to Region lawmakers. George Bibich Elementary School in Dyer, Solon Robinson Elementary School in Crown Point and Thomas Jefferson

Region lawmakers: Scholarship available to aspiring educators

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Friday, September 28, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 28, 2018) — Northwest Indiana lawmakers urge current high school seniors planning to pursue a degree in education to apply for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship. “Indiana is fortunate to be home to so many great educators,” said State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville). “Often, it is great

Olthoff: New laws supporting students, schools now in effect

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, August 15, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 15, 2018) — With students and educators heading back to the classroom, State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) said many new laws impact local school districts. “Legislators worked hard this past session to provide new ways to help our teachers and students,” Olthoff said. “As new technology emerges and safety

Local lawmakers honor Boone Grove High School baseball team

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Monday, August 13, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 13, 2018) — State Reps. Mike Aylesworth (R-Hebron) and Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) on Thursday at the Porter Township School Board meeting honored the Boone Grove Wolves baseball team for their state championship title. The Wolves clinched the IHSAA Class 2A state championship after edging the Southridge High School Raiders 5-4 at

Local lawmakers invite students to apply for Statehouse internship

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, July 31, 2018

STATEHOUSE (July 31, 2018) — Northwest Indiana lawmakers 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. State Rep. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron) said the House Republican Internship Program is a unique opportunity for college

Olthoff, Slager: New laws in effect for Hoosier motorists

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, July 10, 2018

STATEHOUSE (July 10, 2018) — State Reps. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) and Hal Slager (R-Schererville) remind motorists of two new laws that recently went into effect to keep Indiana roadways safe. “Under a new law, fire departments can now offer free vehicle emissions tests to Hoosier drivers,” Olthoff said. “Since carbon monoxide

Olthoff to serve on commerce and economic development study committee

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, June 20, 2018

STATEHOUSE (June 20, 2018) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) was recently selected to serve on the Interim Study Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. In the upcoming months, the committee will examine the best way to maximize the underutilized economic resources of Gary, Indiana. “Summer study committees give us the

Olthoff: Crown Point High School recognized for AP success

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, June 14, 2018

STATEHOUSE (June 14, 2018) — The Indiana Department of Education on Tuesday awarded Crown Point High School for student success on AP exams for the 2016-2017 school year, according to State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point). During the 2018 Indiana AP Recognition Ceremony, the DOE and College Board recognized more than 70 schools for having 25

Olthoff: Preventing suicide deaths

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, June 14, 2018

It seems like we see a tragic story in the national news every week about someone who has taken their own life. Suicide can be a difficult topic to discuss, but these stories shed light on a serious problem that has no boundaries. We hope that no one is ever in a situation where they feel that suicide is the only option, but many often are. That is why it

Olthoff: Local artist’s work selected for Statehouse display

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, March 22, 2018

STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2018) — Artwork by a local artist will soon be on display at the Statehouse, according to State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point). Olthoff said Edda Taylor of Crown Point was selected to have her artwork decorate the Statehouse as part of Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch’s Hoosier Women Artists 2018 initiative. “Edda is

Governor signs Rep. Olthoff’s bill protecting children into law

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Monday, March 12, 2018

STATEHOUSE (March 14, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed State Rep. Julie Olthoff’s (R-Crown Point) bill into law that will create additional commonsense safety requirements for child care providers. Olthoff’s measure will require applicants for a state child care facility license to provide proof of a business permit or license

Rep. Olthoff recognizes Indiana teacher of the year at the Statehouse

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, March 1, 2018

STATEHOUSE (March 1, 2018) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) honored Jerome Flewelling yesterday at the Statehouse with a resolution recognizing him as the 2018 Indiana Teacher of the Year. Flewelling, who teaches AP physics, mechanics and chemistry at Crown Point High School, has been teaching for 21 years. Flewelling is also the chairman

Rep. Olthoff’s bill protecting children heads to governor

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Monday, February 19, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2018) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff’s (R-Crown Point) bill that creates additional commonsense safety requirements for child care providers is headed to the governor’s desk. Olthoff’s measure would require applicants for a state child care facility license to provide proof of a business permit or license from their

Local legislators to host town hall meeting

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Tuesday, February 6, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2018) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) and State Sen. Rick Niemeyer (R-Lowell) will host a town hall meeting on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Crown Point Library. Olthoff said this legislative session, House lawmakers are focused on addressing K-12 funding, strengthening Indiana’s workforce, attacking the opioid

Rep. Olthoff’s bill protecting children advances to Senate

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Wednesday, January 31, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2018) — The House of Representatives yesterday unanimously passed State Rep. Julie Olthoff’s (R-Crown Point) bill that creates additional commonsense safety requirements for child care providers. Olthoff’s measure would require child care facility applicants to provide proof of a business permit or license from their

Rep. Olthoff invites students to the Statehouse

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Monday, January 8, 2018

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 8, 2018) — Applications are open for students interested in participating in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2018 legislative session, according to State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Merrilville). Pages have an opportunity to join Olthoff during the legislative session and tour the governor’s office, the Indiana Supreme

Indiana’s school counselors honor Rep. Olthoff

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, November 3, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 3, 2017) – State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) was recognized today as the 2017 Legislator of the Year by the Indiana School Counselor Association for her legislation supporting youth suicide prevention. “School counselors have a unique opportunity to influence the lives of young people,” Olthoff said. “Being

Olthoff: House internship applications due Oct. 31

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, October 20, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 20, 2017) – Applications to intern with the Indiana House Republicans during the 2018 legislative session are due Oct. 31, according to State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point). The House Republican Internship Program offers paid, spring-semester internships at the Indiana Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis. These are full-time

Olthoff: New grant money paves way for local road projects

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, September 20, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 20, 2017) — Local communities will receive state matching grants to improve roads and bridges, according to State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point). More than $150 million was awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings grant program, which is now in its second year. The grants are available

Local lawmakers honored for suicide prevention legislation

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, September 7, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 7, 2017) — The Indiana Suicide Prevention Network Advisory Council (ISPNAC) helped mark September as Suicide Prevention Month by honoring two Indiana legislators. Co-chair of ISPNAC Alice Jordan-Miles presented State Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) and State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) with 2017 Suicide Prevention Policy

Rep. Olthoff: Next Level Jobs initiative helps Hoosier job seekers, employers

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, August 21, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 21, 2017) – Hoosier job seekers now have access to new resources to find better-paying jobs thanks to the recently launched Next Level Jobs initiative, according to State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point). Olthoff said while Indiana’s unemployment rate is near record low, employers in high-need, high-wage fields are searching

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

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, July 20, 2017

STATEHOUSE (July 20, 2017) – State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) is asking Hoosier employers to help identify duplicative or redundant state reporting requirements using a new online portal. “As a small-business owner, I know that redundant state reporting requirements can cause unnecessary paperwork with a result of lost work time,”

Olthoff to serve on summer study committee on commerce

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, July 6, 2017

STATEHOUSE (July 6, 2017) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) was recently selected to serve on the Interim Study Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. She said the committee will examine assigned topics, gather testimonies and recommend potential legislation for the 2018 legislative session. “We will be studying the

Olthoff: Local students receive first-ever educator scholarship

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, May 18, 2017

STATEHOUSE (May 18, 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. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point). Olthoff supported legislation creating this scholarship program last year to help incentivize top-performing students to

Governor ceremonially signs Olthoff’s suicide prevention bill

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, May 17, 2017

PREVENTING YOUTH SUICIDES: Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated, center) on Tuesday at the Statehouse signs into law a measure authored by State Rep. Julie Olthoff (seated, left) to decrease the number of youth suicides in Indiana. The Crown Point lawmaker led efforts to provide suicide prevention training to school staff and health care providers. It also provides

Rep. Olthoff welcomes student pages to the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, May 2, 2017

STATEHOUSE (May 2, 2017) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Pointe) recently welcomed student pages to the Statehouse. As a House page, these participants toured government offices, helped staff with daily duties and joined Olthoff on the House floor during the legislative session: Jasmine Collins, from Merrillville, attends Merrillville High

Olthoff: Domestic violence bill signed by governor

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, May 1, 2017

STATEHOUSE (May 1, 2017) — Legislation creating a statewide domestic violence fatality review committee was signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb, according to author State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point). “Domestic violence continues to be a global issue that reaches across socio-economic, cultural and racial distinctions,” Olthoff

Olthoff’s youth suicide prevention bill signed into law

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, April 28, 2017

STATEHOUSE (April 28, 2017) — Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed into law a proposal authored by State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) to decrease the number of youth suicides in Indiana. “My hope with this law is to prevent suicides by raising awareness,” Olthoff said. “It breaks my heart to hear stories about people losing hope

Olthoff: Governor signs lawmakers’ bill fighting cervical cancer

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Monday, April 10, 2017

STATEHOUSE (April 10, 2017) — Gov. Eric Holcomb today signed into law a bill supported by State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) to reduce the number of cervical cancer deaths in Indiana. According to the Indiana Cancer Consortium, approximately 250 new cervical cancer cases and 86 cervical cancer-related deaths occur annually among women in

Olthoff participates in Habitat for Humanity home build

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, March 8, 2017

STATEHOUSE (March 8, 2017) – State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) today teamed up with fellow legislators and Habitat for Humanity of Indiana to formally kick off the General Assembly’s first-ever home build on Statehouse grounds. “It was wonderful to work on a project where we could see immediate results,” Olthoff said.

Olthoff’s domestic violence bill passes out of House

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, February 21, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 21, 2017) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff’s (R-Crown Point) proposal that would create a statewide domestic violence fatality review committee passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives today. “In 2003, legislation was written that would allow counties to establish a domestic violence fatality review team,”

Olthoff’s bill protecting birth parents passes out of House

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, February 16, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 16, 2017) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff’s (R-Crown Point) proposal that would better connect birth parents in Indiana with Hoosier adoption experts passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives today. Under current law, Indiana adoption agencies are limited to advertising in telephone directories. This results in many

House supports Olthoff’s youth suicide prevention bill

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, February 14, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 14, 2017) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff’s (R-Crown Point) proposal that would require school employees to attend or participate in youth-suicide awareness and prevention training passed out of the Indiana House of Representatives. The law would require at least two hours of youth suicide awareness and prevention training every two

Olthoff’s bill aims to protect Hoosier birth parents

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, February 8, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 8, 2017) — The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Code today advanced State Rep. Julie Olthoff’s (R-Crown Point) proposal that would connect birth parents in Indiana with Hoosier adoption experts. Many birth parents facing the difficult decision of giving up a child often find an adoption agency through an advertisement.

Olthoff’s youth suicide prevention bill advances

Posted by: Brenda Holmes and Allison Vanatsky  | Tuesday, February 7, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 7, 2017) — The House Committee on Education today advanced State Rep. Julie Olthoff’s (R-Crown Point) proposal that would require school employees to attend or participate in two hours of youth-suicide awareness and prevention training every two years. “This bill is patterned after the Jason Flatt Act,” Olthoff

Spend a day at the Statehouse with Rep. Olthoff

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, December 28, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 28, 2016) — Applications are now open for students interested in participating in the Indiana House Page Program, according to State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point). While at the Statehouse, House pages spend the day touring the House and Senate chambers, the Indiana Supreme Court and governor’s office. They also observe the

Olthoff to serve on three House committees

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, December 16, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 16, 2016) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) was recently selected to serve on the House Committee on Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development. She was also named to the House Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs and the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Public Safety. “Working within our

PTSD: Fighting the war at home

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, December 5, 2016

Earlier this year, I nominated Lowell resident James Chancellor to be inducted into the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame because he has a passion for helping veterans by educating people about post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that a person may develop after experiencing or witnessing an extreme, overwhelming traumatic

Olthoff: Organization Day kicks off 2017 legislative session

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Tuesday, November 22, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 22, 2016) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) joined fellow legislators at the Statehouse today for the Indiana General Assembly’s Organization Day. Organization Day occurs annually in November. State lawmakers use the day to gather together, meet new members and prepare for the upcoming legislative session. Following

Olthoff: I-65 Northwest Indiana expansion project approved by budget committee

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, October 27, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 27, 2016) — Today, the State Budget Committee released funds for the I-65 Northwest Indiana Major Moves 2020 expansion project, according to State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point). New travel lanes will be added to I-65 from State Road 2 at mile marker 240, north to U.S. Highway 231 at mile marker 247. The project will also include

Olthoff hosts PTSD workshop with local veteran

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, October 20, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 20, 2016) – State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) is hosting a workshop with Jim Chancellor about post-traumatic stress disorder. The program will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the American Legion Post 20, 1401 N. Main St., in Crown Point. It is free and open to the public. Chancellor, a Lowell resident, is a U.S. Army

Olthoff: Engineering scholarship available to female students

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, October 7, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 7, 2016) – Minority female students pursuing a degree in engineering can apply for a unique college scholarship opportunity, according to State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point). The Political Organization for Women’s Education and Representation (POWER) Caucus is collaborating with Enbridge Energy Company to provide $5,000 to

Olthoff: Local veteran to be inducted into hall of fame

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Tuesday, September 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 27, 2016 STATEHOUSE (Sept. 27, 2016) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) announces that Lowell resident James Chancellor will soon be inducted into the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame. Chancellor, 66, is a U.S. Army

Rep. Olthoff announces mobile office hours

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, August 19, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 19, 2016 WHO: State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) WHAT: Open office hours in House District 19 WHEN AND WHERE: Friday, Aug. 26 10 to 10:45 a.m. Hobart Branch of Lake County Public Library 100 N. Main St. Hobart 1:30 to

Region lawmakers honor Boone Grove softball team

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Friday, August 12, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 12, 2016) – State Reps. Mike Aylesworth (R-Hebron) and Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) honored the Boone Grove Wolves softball team at the Porter Township school board meeting Thursday for their successful season. The Wolves were the IHSAA Class 2A state runners-up for the second consecutive year. Led by head coach Ron Saunders, Boone

Olthoff to serve on Commerce, Economic Development summer study committee

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, June 23, 2016

STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2016) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) will be serving on the Interim Study Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. In preparation for the 2017 legislative session, which begins in January, interim study committee members meet to examine assigned topics, gather testimonies and identify potential legislation.

Rep. Olthoff welcomes student pages to the Statehouse

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

STATEHOUSE (March 29, 2016) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) recently welcomed the following student pages to the Statehouse: Annie Kielpikowski, from Crown Point, attends Taft Middle School; Mac Magiera, from Hebron, attends Boone Grove High School; and Zac Magiera, from Hebron, attends Boone Grove Middle School. As a House page, these

Olthoff''s legislation helping Hoosiers with disabilities signed into law

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Monday, March 21, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2016 Olthoff’s legislation helping Hoosiers with disabilities signed into law STATEHOUSE (March 21, 2016) – Gov. Mike Pence today signed into law legislation authored by State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown

Help put a stop to domestic violence

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Help put a stop to domestic violence Sadly, we are once again learning of more incidences of domestic violence as we turn on the local news. It’s a good idea to learn more about the issue because you may need to help a friend or a loved one in a bad situation. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), domestic violence

Rep. Olthoff: Local resident gaining experience with the legislature

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, February 17, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 17, 2016 Rep. Olthoff: Local resident gaining experience with the legislature STATEHOUSE (Feb. 17, 2016) – Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) welcomes local resident, Aaron Storer, to the Statehouse where he is

Rep. Olthoff welcomes student page to the Statehouse

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Friday, February 5, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 5, 2016 Rep. Olthoff welcomes student page to the Statehouse STATEHOUSE (FEB. 5, 2016) — State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) recently welcomed the following student

Olthoff's bill reallocating funds for sexual assault victims advances

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Tuesday, February 2, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 2, 2016 Olthoff’s bill reallocating funds for sexual assault victims advances STATEHOUSE (Feb. 2, 2016) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously today in support of State Rep. Julie Olthoff’s

Committee pushes Olthoff's bills forward

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, January 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 27, 2016 Committee pushes Olthoff’s bills forward STATEHOUSE (Jan. 27, 2016) – The

Rep. Olthoff: What I like about Northwest Indiana: diversity

Posted by: Brandi Klingerman  | Monday, January 4, 2016

I am so proud to represent the people of House District 19 in the great Northwest Indiana Region. The richness we share in our communities can be seen in our ethnic diversity and the variety of our land. There is no other place like our home.

We celebrate our many cultures here during some of the best festivals and weddings held anywhere. We experience different customs all the time and love to share recipes for pastries, perogies, Lake Perch and many more. Our schools have become melting pots as a result of the people flocking here over the last 100 years for job opportunities. Our area churches teach us to be loving and generous and a neighbor to everyone.

 

Rep. Olthoff: Personal story emphasizes roadside safety

Posted by: Brandi Klingerman  | Monday, January 4, 2016

Nearly two years ago, Riley Knight pulled over to help Linda Darlington out of a ditch where her car went off the road in Crown Point. This selfless act became a tragedy when both Knight and Darlington were struck and killed by oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, this incident is not rare, as a similar accident took place this past August in our community.

Recently, I received a letter from Maya Toma, an 11-year-old student from Crown Point. She is friends with Knight’s child and has seen firsthand how his family has suffered. Toma wrote me a letter about her idea of encouraging the public to keep two reflective vests in their cars in order to be more visible to traffic if and when they leave their cars.

Rep. Olthoff: Take My Online Survey

Posted by: Brandi Klingerman  | Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dear Friends,

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 transportation infrastructure.

Olthoff: Upcoming Events

Posted by: Brandi Klingerman  | Thursday, December 10, 2015

I have exciting news! Throughout the upcoming weeks I am hosting two different events within our community. 

Public Forum

Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. (CST)  

Hobart City Hall

Council Chambers, 2nd Floor

Hobart 

 

Launch NWI 

Friday, Jan. 22 at 11:15 (CST)

Session 1: Meet Indiana's Connections to Contracts & No Cost Consulting

Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza

800 E. 81st Ave.

Merrillville

 

Rep. Olthoff: Family Friendly Schools

Posted by: Brandi Klingerman  | Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dear friends,

Congratulations, Jonas E. Salk Elementary! I am proud to share that they were recently named a Family Friendly School by the Indiana Department of Education.

The school was selected for their success in addressing the needs of students while fostering family and community involvement in education. In 2014, the Family Friendly Schools program was launched in response to the correlation found between active parental and local involvement, and the growth, stability and academic achievement of Hoosier students.

Rep. Olthoff: Preserving wildlife, protecting communities

Posted by: Brandi Klingerman  | Thursday, October 15, 2015

‘I hear shots’ is one of the most frequent phone calls Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) receives at our local office. As development continues within Winfield, residents often hear gunshots from nearby hunters and are concerned by how close the shots are to populated areas. Lt. Thomas Torsell Jr., a local DNR commander, asked to meet so he could discuss how our community can address issues regarding hunting practices, nuisance animals, and all-terrain vehicles.

Upcoming Public Forum

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Now that we are well into the summer months, I am pleased to announce that Senator Niemeyer and I are hosting a public forum to answer questions about this past legislative session as well as hear any questions or concerns that you may have. 

Supporting solutions for our community and state

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to attend two ceremonial bill signings for legislation that I advocated for throughout session. One bill was Senate Enrolled Act 94 which works to provide additional opportunities for rape victims and ensure justice can be fairly served.

Working to reduce wait times for state building permits

Thursday, June 11, 2015

My primary goal as your state representative is to promote progress in Lake County by listening and responding to the needs of my constituents. A common concern I have heard is that it takes too long to receive a state building permit, so I decided to look into this and learn what was being done to help permit approvals move through the process in a timelier manner.

Funding education, projects and programs

Friday, May 8, 2015

These past four months have flown by, and I am pleased with this session's accomplishments. As you may know, this was a long session dedicated to crafting and passing the state's biennial budget. Within the budget, we were able to fund many programs that benefit Hoosier students, teachers and taxpayers. 

Working together in conference committees

Saturday, April 18, 2015

It's hard to believe that the last two weeks of session are here. Representing our community at the Statehouse has been very rewarding. With the last day we can conduct our work on April 29, I wanted to take this opportunity to explain the process and what the next two weeks will be like at the Statehouse. 

Crown Point student honored at Statehouse

Thursday, April 9, 2015

STATEHOUSE – With a resolution in the House Chamber, State Representative Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) honored 10-year-old Mackenzie Williams for her devotion to helping others. For the past two years on her birthday, instead of asking for presents, the Crown Point resident has raised money and donated items to Haven House, an emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their families.

Working for Northwest Indiana

Monday, April 6, 2015

I am excited to say a bill I co-sponsored to designate the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (NILEA) as a criminal justice agency and make it a board certified training center passed unanimously out of the House.

Growing Northwest Indiana's economy

Monday, March 23, 2015

When it comes to creating jobs in Northwest Indiana, it is essential to support legislation that promotes economic growth. This session, I supported several bills working toward this goal.

Public safety legislation to benefit Hoosiers

Friday, March 13, 2015

This session, I co-authored several bills that improve the quality of life for Hoosier families. This includes increasing funding to $5M per year for domestic violence treatment and prevention as well as $1M per year for sexual assault victim assistance.

Supporting nonprofit choices

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

This legislative session, I authored a bill to support and provide nonprofit organizations with more flexibility over their charity events. Under House Bill 1435, charities will be able to give or auction sealed alcohol beverages as prizes without obtaining a permit. This bill passed 92-6 out of the House and now moves onto the Senate for further discussion.

Currently, wine baskets and other alcohol beverages were not allowed to be prizes at auctions. This restriction has caused local events in Lake County, such as the Rotary's Clothing Our Children event, to be canceled.

Alcohol beverages can be big ticket items for charity auctions that draw in donations and can now be auctioned up to four times a year without a permit. As more people participate in these auctions, more funds can be raised for charities and their worthy causes.

The most rewarding part of being a state representative is finding solutions to benefit my community and state. Nonprofits use charity events as a way to raise awareness and better communities, and I am pleased to have authored legislation that will allow them to raise funds in the way they believe is most effective.

Rep. Olthoff authors legislation benefiting nonprofits

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) authored legislation to support nonprofit organizations and provide them more flexibility over their charity events. House Bill (HB) 1435 would allow nonprofits to give away or auction alcoholic beverages as prizes at gaming charity events without obtaining an alcoholic beverage permit. The bill passed out of the House with a vote of 92-6.

Domestic violence prevention and treatment bill passes out of committee

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Wednesday, February 4, 2015

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) authored House Bill (HB) 1007, Domestic violence prevention and treatment, to support Indiana’s domestic violence programs. One of the priorities of the House Republican legislative agenda is to address some of the public safety concerns impacting Indiana, particularly in the area of domestic violence. The bill was co-authored by State Reps. Julie Olthoff and Dave Frizzell, HB 1007 passed unanimously out of the Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee today.

Strengthening our education system

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Education has always been a top priority for the House Republicans. More than 50 percent of our state's biennial budget is allotted to fund kindergarten through 12th grade. As a part of this year's budget, we will work to focus more dollars on the classroom and fix the school funding formula.

To better understand the funding formula, it's important to learn how we currently appropriate funds to our schools. The first step is to establish the foundation amount or the starting point for the funding formula. The foundation amount is essentially the minimum guarantee for each student and is currently $4,587 per student for fiscal year 2015.

From the foundation amount, adjustments are made for several variables including the number of low-income students; the number of special education students; the number of career and technical education students; and the number of honors diplomas awarded.

After the foundation is applied, the complexity index is used to increase the funding for low-income students. In the 2013 budget bill, the complexity index focused on students receiving free and reduced lunch for the first part of the biennium and then switched to focusing on students receiving free textbooks.

As an advocate for education, I am pleased that nearly $500,000 in grants have been made available by the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning and Early Learning Indiana. These grants can be applied for by any Lake County program or facility that participates, or agrees to participate, in the On My Way Pre-K Pilot Program. Applications for grants are due February 15 and can be found here, along with information about the On My Way Pre-K Program. 

Please contact my office if you have any questions about the funding formula, education or any other concern. I appreciate any input and feedback I receive as I represent our community.

How to stay connected this session

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The 2015 legislative session is officially underway, and we are off to a great start. I encourage you to get involved over the next four months, and there are a number of ways you can do this.

A good place to begin is on the Indiana General Assembly website. On this site, you can watch a live video feed of committee meetings, debates and as I vote for legislation on the House floor. You can also find information about my committee assignments and legislation I'm working on.

Today, more people are using social media as a means to access information. I encourage you to follow the Indiana House Republicans on Twitter @INHouseGOP. You can also find information about current events, state government and happenings in our community on all of our social media sites, which are listed below.

I'm very excited about the launch of the Indiana House Republicans new, user-friendly website. Click here to view my page where you will find my biography, a downloadable headshot, constituent resources and how to sign up for my e-newsletters.

[r19] NEWS: Rep. Olthoff congratulates high-performing schools, teachers

Thursday, December 11, 2014

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) congratulates several local schools that were awarded teacher performance grants by the state. For the first time in Indiana history, grants will be presented to teachers rated either effective or highly effective as a bonus.

[r19] NEWS: Rep. Olthoff receives committee appointments

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

STATEHOUSE - House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced committee assignments and leadership appointments for the Indiana House Republican Caucus.

State Representative Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) has been appointed to the Government and Regulatory Reform; Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development; and Family, Children and Human Affairs committees.

[r19] NEWS: Rep. Olthoff to hold meet and greet events

Monday, December 1, 2014

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) will host two meet and greet events on Saturday, Dec. 6. Both events will be hosted as open forums allowing constituents in attendance to ask questions and speak with Rep. Olthoff. The media is welcome to attend.

[r19] NEWS: Rep. Olthoff supports charity, sworn in on Organization Day

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) was sworn into office on Organization Day, which marks the first official meeting of the 119th General Assembly. Rep. Olthoff was elected to represent House District 19, which includes portions of Lake County.

“I am excited by my new role as a state legislator and look forward to representing my community at the Statehouse,” said Rep. Olthoff. “I will do my best to create a better, stronger Northwest Indiana and ensure that the thoughts and viewpoints of my constituents are heard down in Indianapolis.”

Rep. Olthoff, co-author of House Bill 1004 Safety P.I.N. (Protecting Indiana's Newborns), wears a safety pin on her blazer.
Rep. Olthoff listening to legislation at her desk in the House Chamber.
Rep. Julie Olhoff speaks on the House floor.
Rep. Olthoff listening to session in the House chamber.
Rep. Olthoff poses at the rostrum with her family.
Rep. Olthoff poses for a photo with members of Indiana Adoption Agencies United
Rep. Olthoff visits prior to session on the House floor
Rep. Olthoff has a conversation with Rep. Miller
Olthoff explains a bill from the podium on the House floor
Rep. Olthoff volunteered during the Statehouse Build for Habitat for Humanity
State Rep. Olthoff fills a diaper bag to donate at the House of Representatives Bags of Hope event.
State Rep. Olthoff reviews legislation at her desk on the House floor.
State Rep. Olthoff addresses fellow lawmakers on the House floor.

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