House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said House Republicans made great progress on their legislative priorities as the session reached the halfway point on Tuesday.
Bosma said House Republicans made headway on key issues including House passage of legislation providing a funding boost for K-12 schools, strengthening Indiana’s workforce, attacking the opioid epidemic and increasing government efficiency.
“We made tremendous progress passing our legislative priorities in the first half and we look forward to working with our Senate colleagues and the governor to get across the finish line,” Bosma said. “Much work remains in the weeks ahead, especially as we continue discussions on addressing the state’s workforce needs, but we look forward to building on our momentum.”
House Republicans’ top priority, House Bill 1001, would boost funding for K-12 schools to account for a higher than expected increase in enrollment at traditional public schools. Bosma said this increase would be in addition to the $7 billion annually Indiana spends on K-12 education.
Currently, $1 billion is being spent on 30 workforce programs across nine state agencies, but employers are still struggling to find qualified workers to fill high-demand, high-wage jobs.
That’s why House lawmakers supported HB 1002 to re-evaluate workforce-related programs using return-on-investment metrics enacted in 2017. The legislation also aims to better connect Career Technical Education students with local businesses and encourage students to complete training in high-demand fields.
As part of Indiana’s continued fight against the opioid epidemic, House Republicans supported HB 1006 and HB 1007 to expand substance abuse and treatment options, and streamline licensure and credentialing for mental health professionals. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, there was a 52 percent increase in opioid deaths from 2015 to 2016.
While Indiana ranked No. 1 for state government administration by U.S. News and World Report, House Republicans plan to build on that momentum by considering efforts to further reduce government bureaucracy. Bosma said House Republicans supported HB 1003 and HB 1004 in order to streamline local and state government operations and reporting requirements.
Speaker of the House: 2004-2006, 2010-Present
Indiana House of Representatives: 1986-Present
House District 88: Northeast portion of Marion County, a portion of southern Hamilton County and the western part of Hancock County
Occupation: Attorney - Kroger, Gardis & Regas
Education: B.S.E., Purdue University; J.D., Indiana University
Representative Bosma was first elected in 1986 to represent House District 88, which today encompasses the northeast portion of Marion County, a portion of southern Hamilton County and the western part of Hancock County.
As Speaker of the 114th General Assembly, Representative Bosma and the House Republicans worked to revitalize Indiana’s economy, passed the first balanced budget in a decade, adopted the strongest telecommunications reform legislation in the nation, created the position of Inspector General to expose and prevent fraud and corruption in state government, improved education opportunities for Hoosier school children, and addressed the needs of the most vulnerable in our state.
As Speaker of the 117th General Assembly, Bosma made sweeping changes to education reform through the House Republicans “Strengthen Indiana Plan.” He also broke 195 years of institutional tradition by appointing two Democrats to Committee Chair positions. In 2012, Speaker Bosma co-authored legislation making Indiana the 23rd Right to Work state.
Additionally, to encourage greater participation in the legislative process, Speaker Bosma opened House floor proceedings and House committee meetings to all Hoosiers via the Internet.
In the 118th General Assembly, Speaker Bosma along with House Republicans are working to create a budget with fiscal integrity, expanding educational opportunities and providing more opportunities for job creation by addressing the skills gap.
In his private life, Brian is a partner with the law firm of Kroger, Gardis, and Regas, focusing his practice in the areas of local government and environmental law. He was a founding Director of Bosma Industries for the Blind, Inc., which today employs over 85 blind and visually impaired Hoosiers in Central Indiana.
He is a graduate of Purdue University’s School of Engineering (1981) and the Indiana University School of Law (1984). Brian and his wife Cheryl attend Grace Community Church. They have two children: Chris, who is currently a student at the IU School of Medicine, and Allison, who is a chef in Colorado.
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House District 88 includes the northeast corner of Marion County and small portions of Hancock and Hamilton counties.
STATEHOUSE (March 19, 2018) – “I concur with the governor’s assessment that several critical issues require further legislative action. This special session will be limited to those important issues which remained on the table at the close of the regular session. We will continue to work closely with the governor and our Senate colleagues, and we are committed to keeping this session extremely focused and efficient in terms of scope and time.”
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 28, 2018) — “Throughout this process, which included in-depth discussions during multiple meetings of our summer alcohol study committee, we made sure to build a consensus while working with all concerned individuals. We were mindful of striking a fair balance for all Hoosiers by removing the Sunday restriction, but setting a limited noon to 8 p.m. sales parameter.
“Partnering with Sen. Ron Alting to ensure the bill remained virtually free of amendments during the legislative process helped ensure its passage. I said earlier this year I’d try to tuck this football in tight and run it into the end zone. With today’s signing, we will now turn our attention to more pressing state issues.”
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 28, 2018) — “Today’s bill signing is a big win for all the Hoosiers who voiced their support to end the decades-old ban on carryout alcohol sales on Sunday. Indiana’s Alcohol Code Revision Commission did a great job in opening the conversation last summer, and it was good to see legislators act quickly to bring this long-awaited convenience to consumers.”
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2018) — “President Pro Tem David Long has played a critical role in Indiana’s transformation to a state with a top-rated business climate, strong economy and record of honestly balanced budgets. Under strong Republican leadership, our state continues to lead the way as the fiscal envy of the nation while boasting the No. 1 ranked state government. David has helped drive Indiana’s success story, and his leadership and experience will be sorely missed at the Statehouse. It’s been an honor to serve alongside him and call him my friend.”
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2018) — House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said House Republicans made great progress on their legislative priorities as the session reached the halfway point on Tuesday.
Bosma said House Republicans made headway on key issues including House passage of legislation providing a funding boost for K-12 schools, strengthening Indiana’s workforce, attacking the opioid epidemic and increasing government efficiency.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 2, 2018) — “This waiver extension of the Healthy Indiana Plan is tremendous news for the over 400,000 low-income Hoosiers served by our consumer-driven program. Indiana is a national model for how states can support better health outcomes while encouraging personal responsibility and reducing costs. With this waiver from the federal government, we will also have an opportunity to expand critical addiction treatment options and our efforts to help Hoosiers find employment.”
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 24, 2018) — House lawmakers switched gears at the Statehouse today and filled much-needed diaper bags with baby supplies for Indiana’s foster families.
The Indiana House of Representatives and the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy and its Institute for Excellence, an organization dedicated to helping foster and adoptive families, co-hosted the “Bags of Hope” event. In November, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) first announced the House would partner with IARCA for the 2018 legislative session to help raise awareness about the growing need for foster families.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 10, 2018) — “To address Indiana’s opioid epidemic, all branches of government must work together to attack the issue. Today, Chief Justice Rush reaffirmed her support for helping those caught in the revolving door of incarceration due to drug addiction and assisting those who are left in its tremendous wake – Hoosier children. We also support her continued efforts to expand court technology, which is critical to improving efficiency and service for all Hoosiers who interact with our judicial system.”
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 8, 2018) — House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) will host the Indiana House Republican’s annual “Tweet Seats” during Gov. Eric Holcomb’s State of the State address on Tuesday.
Since 2013, Bosma has invited prominent community members and organization leaders to the Statehouse to provide live commentary via Twitter during the governor’s annual address. Bosma said his goal is to engage the public in conversations about what is going on in their state government and the work that is being done on their behalf.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 5, 2018) — "Rep. Bill Friend has served as a strong voice for his constituents and rural communities across the state. His leadership and experience in the agricultural industry have proven to be a valuable asset. He's dedicated over 20 years to serving the public, and we will miss him and his expertise tremendously at the Statehouse. Bill is also a close friend and confidant, and I appreciate the great work he has done as a member of our leadership team. We wish Bill and Ann the very best as they pursue the next chapter in their lives."
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 4, 2018) — House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) released the House Republican legislative agenda today, which focuses on supporting a funding boost for K-12 schools, strengthening Indiana’s workforce, attacking the opioid epidemic and increasing government efficiency.
“Indiana’s strong fiscal foundation and economic momentum positions us well to handle the challenges ahead,” Bosma said. “This short session will be fast and our hope is to act quickly on our top priorities, including fulfilling our funding commitments to local schools, reforming our workforce system, continuing our attack on the opioid epidemic and cutting government red tape. We look forward to working with our House and Senate colleagues and Gov. Eric Holcomb to accomplish our agenda on time and under budget.”
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 20, 2017) – “Indiana’s nationally recognized economic climate has served as a boon for Hoosier workers and job creators, and it’s encouraging to see our federal representatives push this long-overdue tax reform over the finish line. We believe this effort will stimulate the national economy, encourage employers to return to the U.S. and put more money into the pockets of American workers.”
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 15, 2017) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) recently selected House Republican Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director Tyler Campbell to serve as the new Chief of Staff for House Republicans.
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 27, 2017) – “Unlike Washington, D.C., here in Indiana, the vast majority of successful legislation passes the General Assembly with bipartisan authorship, sponsorship and support. Hoosier legislators have a long track record of reaching across the aisle to find common ground on many issues and we look forward to continuing that work with the new minority leader, State Rep. Terry Goodin, as we head into another important legislative session.”
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 21, 2017) – As the demand for foster families in Indiana reaches an all-time high, House lawmakers are finding ways to help children in need.
House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) announced today that the Indiana House of Representatives is partnering with the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy and it’s Institute for Excellence during the 2018 legislative session. The nonprofit organization serves over 4,600 children every day in foster homes, group homes and treatment facilities, and works closely with the Indiana Department of Child Services to improve the lives of children.
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 21, 2017) – “Indiana’s economy is hitting on all cylinders, and employers continue to choose our state to locate and expand. But despite this success, many challenges lie ahead. In particular, we need to maintain our focus on strengthening Indiana’s workforce, tackle the ongoing opioid crisis that is devastating our state and others, continue to improve our children’s education, and further streamline government and reduce bureaucracy. We look forward to addressing these issues head-on during the legislative session with the help of our Senate colleagues and Gov. Eric Holcomb.”
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 8, 2017) – “Indiana’s strong economy continues to pay dividends through record job creation and low unemployment. To maintain this momentum, and to continue to attract employers in record numbers, it's clear we have to strengthen our workforce pipeline. The governor has put forth a bold agenda, and we look forward to working with him on workforce and other critical issues facing our state and finding the best solutions for all Hoosiers.”
In the past week, Indiana hosted both Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump, each carrying a message to Congress calling for comprehensive tax reform. The administration and national observers have rightly cited the nation’s woeful federal tax system as a drag on our economy, and many have recognized Indiana as an example of what responsible, pro-growth policies can achieve.
Indiana is increasingly recognized as one of the best places to start a business or raise a family. CNBC ranks Indiana 2nd in the nation for cost of doing business. Publications, like Chief Executive Magazine, and think tanks like the Tax Foundation, consistently rank Indiana first in the Midwest and among the top ten nationally for our pro-business climate. Money magazine recently ranked four Indiana cities in the nation’s top 25 best places to live in America, with Fishers ranking first nationally.
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 27, 2017) – “With one of the top business climates in the nation, Indiana’s economic environment stands in stark contrast to the dysfunction of federal tax policy and job-killing regulations. We’ve worked hard to pass conservative, commonsense policies, which have led to lower taxes and less regulations on Hoosiers and businesses alike. The effects of a burdensome federal tax system that discourages growth trickle down to the American worker through less take-home pay and less opportunity. It’s time for Congress to reform and modernize the tax code, and create an environment where businesses can grow and workers can succeed.”
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 20, 2017) – “The Community Crossings Grant Program has proven to be a tremendous win for communities large and small, especially as they look to stretch their dollars further to repair and modernize their roads and bridges. Hoosiers are starting to see road construction signs across Indiana as our state and local governments work together to improve quality of life and attract more job creators. Our hope is to maintain this momentum moving forward to match Indiana’s incredible economic growth and solidify our reputation as the Crossroads of America.”
STATEHOUSE (Sept. 6, 2017) – “As Hoosier companies search for top-level talent and international businesses look for areas to grow their operations, it’s critical that Indiana offers fast and easy travel connections with global commercial hubs. This new, year-round flight to Paris, the gateway to Europe, is a major boost to our state’s overall competitive advantage, and further supports the European-owned companies that we want to continue to attract and that currently employ over 60,000 Hoosiers statewide.”
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 23, 2017) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) presented longtime physician and community leader Dr. James C. Dillon with a Sagamore of the Wabash Tuesday in Carmel.
Dillon, a former member of the Hamilton County Council and Clay Township Board, received the state’s highest honor presented on behalf of Gov. Eric Holcomb during the Clay Township Board meeting.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 14, 2017) – “Indiana’s economic engine is running strong and as employers seek to fill high-demand, high-wage jobs, we want to ensure our pipeline of hardworking Hoosiers is ready to fill those needs. Through the Next Level Jobs initiative, job seekers can find better-paying jobs while employers can train and retain workers to meet their immediate and future needs.”
STATEHOUSE (July 17, 2017) – “The chair of the Appropriations Committee plays a critical role in keeping Indiana’s financial position strong, and I am confident State Sen. Ryan Mishler's breadth of experience will be a great addition to the fiscal leadership team at the Statehouse. We look forward to working together to maintain Indiana's AAA credit rating and our top position in economic and government rankings for the Midwest."
STATEHOUSE (July 13, 2017) – “Indiana’s roads and bridges are the lifeblood of our strong Hoosier economy and our responsible, comprehensive and sustainable funding plan will help maintain these assets and build for the future. Today’s unveiling of the Next Level Roads Plan and future construction projects sets years of hard work and planning in motion. This effort will serve as a boon for state and local economies, and I especially look forward to communities moving forward with much-needed road projects through the use of additional state funding and the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program.”
STATEHOUSE (July 12, 2017) ― House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) today announced his lay member appointments to the newly formed Alcohol Code Revision Commission and the Marion County Judicial Selection Committee.
Bosma selected Alex Huskey and Douglas M. Kowalski to serve on the Alcohol Code Revision Commission. The commission is tasked with completing a two-year comprehensive review of Indiana’s alcohol laws and making recommendations for potential legislation to the Indiana General Assembly.
STATEHOUSE (July 6, 2017) – “While one life lost is one too many, it’s encouraging to see the number of abortions significantly drop again and trend downward as we strive to give a voice to the unborn. Since Republicans took over the majority in the Indiana House of Representatives in 2011, the state’s abortion rate has dropped by nearly 30 percent. There’s still more work to be done and we remain committed to supporting strong pro-life policies that promote health and empower women to choose life.”
STATEHOUSE (July 6, 2017) ― House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) released the 2017 interim committee assignments today for members of the Indiana House of Representatives.
STATEHOUSE (July 5, 2017) – “State Sen. Luke Kenley has been a dedicated public servant, problem solver and budget hawk who has served as a key architect of Indiana’s strong fiscal foundation. Our state's economic strength and stability continue to attract the national spotlight and pay dividends for all Hoosier taxpayers. As my colleague and friend, I enjoyed working with Luke and I know he will be greatly missed at the Statehouse.”
STATEHOUSE (June 29, 2017) – “Healthcare is a dominating issue on the state and national level, and it’s exciting to see Indiana’s top health official, Dr. Jerome Adams, be nominated to serve during this critical time. As the Nation’s Doctor, his breadth of experience in the medical and public sectors will be an incredible asset, and I’m confident he will be solutions-minded as he works on the frontlines to improve public health.”
STATEHOUSE (June 26, 2017) – “Expanding high-quality early learning opportunities for more low-income children and rural communities is key to helping close the achievement gap, and has been a long-term goal of House Republicans. This new law marks a responsible investment in our existing pre-K pilot program and reflects our strong commitment to giving Indiana’s most vulnerable the best chance at success in kindergarten and beyond.”
STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2017) – A new Habitat for Humanity home that got its start on the grounds of the Statehouse was turned over to its homeowner today during a ceremony in Indianapolis.
House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) joined Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity to dedicate the home along with State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) and build co-sponsor Eli Lilly and Co. In March, Republican and Democrat lawmakers teamed up for the General Assembly’s first-ever Habitat home build at the Statehouse. Over 100 volunteers including legislators and staff constructed the home’s wall panels, which were later transported to its permanent location near Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.
STATEHOUSE (June 12, 2017) – “I was pleased to learn of the appointment of Wabash County Superior Court Judge Christopher Goff to the Indiana Supreme Court. He possesses not only a rich judicial experience, but a varied legal background as a practicing attorney that will allow him to add a new perspective to what is already a very qualified bench.”
STATEHOUSE (June 5, 2017) – “Indiana’s alcohol laws are clearly outdated as many of these policies haven't been overhauled in generations. That’s why Senate leader David Long and I agreed to create a new commission, which will do a deep dive over the next two years to identify responsible, commonsense solutions to bring Indiana’s laws into the 21st Century. Our goal is to appoint knowledgeable individuals free of ownership connections to the many alcohol industry participants and their lobbyists. Our leadership team is committed to addressing these issues and I look forward to the work ahead."
STATEHOUSE (May 9, 2017) – “Once again Indiana is recognized as a national leader for its attractive business climate, which is bolstered by the state’s reputation for fiscal discipline, and low tax and regulatory environment. Strengthening our economic competitiveness was a key factor in this year’s passage of the largest state and local infrastructure investment in Indiana history. The Hoosier state makes a strong case for why businesses should choose to locate and grow here. We will continue working together to create an atmosphere that attracts more high-wage jobs for hardworking Hoosiers."
If you’ve driven in Indiana lately, chances are you have dodged potholes or paid for an expensive car repair. In fact, the average Hoosier driver spends about $491 per year on repairs due to the condition of our roads. Indiana communities are grappling with traffic congestion, backlogged road projects and the growing costs of deferred maintenance. It’s abundantly clear we must renew our commitment to maintaining our reputation as the “Crossroads of America.”
STATEHOUSE (May 2, 2017) – “Today’s jobs announcement by Infosys, a global high-tech company, is exciting news and reflects on the strength of our higher education institutions, workforce and business climate. This company will help build on our growing, innovation-driven economy, which continues to create high-demand jobs and opportunities for Hoosiers. It’s encouraging to see Indianapolis become one of the top tech cities in the Midwest, challenging bigger markets on the east and west coasts for tech jobs.”
STATEHOUSE (April 22, 2017) - House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said Indiana House Republicans successfully met their 2017 legislative goals as the General Assembly concluded its work.
In addition to passing the largest state and local infrastructure investment in Indiana's history, lawmakers supported an honestly balanced, two-year state budget while funding key priorities. Bosma said House Republicans successfully passed other legislative agenda items, including supporting students and teachers, improving Indiana's workforce, increasing public safety and attacking the state's drug epidemic.
STATEHOUSE (April 20, 2017) – In the final days of the 2017 legislative session, lawmakers are set to make a historic investment in Indiana’s state and local infrastructure.
House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne), State Reps. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) and Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso), and State Sens. Luke Kenley (R-Noblesville) and Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) announced the details of their comprehensive, responsible and sustainable plan to fund Indiana’s roads and bridges over the next 20 years.
STATEHOUSE (April 18, 2017) – “This latest ranking adds to the decades of progress under strong Republican leadership and is reflective of the dedication to supporting pro-growth policies. Our economic climate and competitiveness continue to attract the national spotlight, and that’s why job creators are choosing Indiana to locate and expand their businesses. This session, we will continue this momentum by passing an honestly balanced budget and supporting fiscally conservative measures that keep Indiana moving forward.”
According to the publication, the economic outlook ranking is a forward-looking forecast based on the state’s standing (equal-weighted average) in 15 important state policy variables. Data reflect state and local rates and revenues and any effect of federal deductibility.
STATEHOUSE (April 18, 2017) – “For over 30 years, legislators on both sides of the aisle have supported the move to an appointed superintendent and for the first time, the measure successfully passed both chambers. The bill’s passage underscores the importance of taking politics out of education and putting Hoosier children first. Our students, parents and educators deserve consistency and better coordination in the administration of education policy and this action marks a giant step forward. While it was a long road to get here, we reached a compromise with the Senate and I look forward to the bill becoming law.”
STATEHOUSE (March 8, 2017) – Indiana lawmakers teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Indiana today to formally kick off the General Assembly’s first-ever home build on Statehouse grounds.
Indiana House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) joined Habitat officials on the South lawn to announce the results of their fundraising and tool drive efforts. In all, funds raised topped $50,500 – far surpassing the initial $30,000 goal to pay for materials and costs of the home’s wall panels. Donations raised beyond the goal will help provide training and support for Habitat’s affiliates in Indiana. Legislators and Statehouse staff also donated about $3,500 in new and used tools.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 28, 2017) – “Through many years of responsible, conservative leadership in Indiana, we have been able to streamline government operations, improve services and significantly enhance transparency for Hoosier taxpayers. A leaner, more efficient state government has led to a decade of honestly balanced budgets, healthy reserves, fully funded pension liabilities and a AAA credit rating. With a strong fiscal foundation, Indiana has consistently been in the national spotlight for its outstanding business climate, resulting in record job creation and more Hoosiers working than ever before. Today’s report listing Indiana at the top of the best states for government confirms we are on the right track and I will work hard to continue moving Indiana forward.”
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 27, 2017) - Indiana House Republican lawmakers successfully advanced their top legislative priorities as session crossed the halfway point on Monday.
House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said his team made significant progress on their agenda including passing an honestly balanced budget and a long-term road funding plan. House Republicans also passed legislation supporting students and teachers, improving Indiana's workforce, increasing public safety and attacking the state's drug epidemic.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 16, 2017) – “Hoosier drivers and businesses across our state recognize the critical need for improvements to our roads and bridges. That’s why House Republicans focused on crafting a conservative plan to reform the way we fund infrastructure needs for the Crossroads of America. Reps. Ed Soliday and Tim Brown have worked hard on this legislation, which is centered on data-driven and responsible solutions. Today’s passage of House Bill 1002 marks an important step and is the culmination of a 6-year long process of determining our funding needs and the best options to meet those needs. We look forward to working with our counterparts in the Senate to continue the conversation.”
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2017) – “We are now six weeks into session, and we are finally hearing from the House Democrats on how to address our shared concerns for the future of Indiana’s roads. Their plan would raise taxes, result in cuts to education and jeopardize our state’s AAA credit rating. In the last month alone, we have heard of many jobs and business investments coming to Indiana in direct response to our state’s top-ranked business climate and pro-growth policies. Raising taxes on Hoosier employers is the wrong move and would be a major employment setback for the average worker. The House Republicans have put forth a data-driven and sustainable long-term plan, that reforms the way we pay for our roads and doesn’t harm our state’s fiscal health or business climate,” said Bosma.
“The House Democrat’s proposed plan is missing responsible, sustainable, long-term funding. They do not fully understand our current and future infrastructure needs and they have a plan that is lacking in data to back up their proposal. The door is always open for a bipartisan solution, but we refuse to kick the can down the road. Our plan is backed by years of study, producing a data-driven, lasting solution to Indiana’s infrastructure needs that does not create debt for future generations,” said Soliday.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 27, 2017) – “On behalf of the Indiana House, we are honored to receive this recognition from the American Conservative Union Foundation. Our state’s commonsense conservative policies have put Indiana in the national spotlight and led to our top-ranked business climate with low taxes and less regulation. House Republicans will continue to keep Indiana moving in the right direction with a strong focus on private-sector growth through conservative principles.”
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 20, 2017) – “It’s an exciting and humbling experience to be in our nation’s capital during this historical time for our country and for our state. I’m incredibly proud of my friend, Vice President Mike Pence, and thankful for his service to Indiana. Our country needs strong conservative leadership now more than ever, and I’m optimistic about the future as the Trump Administration takes the helm and addresses our nation’s great challenges.”
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 18, 2017) – “Today, Chief Justice Rush reaffirmed her commitment and dedication to improving our courts through modern technology and supporting Hoosier families – especially children in need. I look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the judicial branch. I’m also thankful for Justice Robert Rucker’s years of service and wish him the best upon his retirement from our state’s highest court.”
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 11, 2017) – “I am pleased to know that our State Board of Education unanimously selected State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick as their chair, and I’m confident she will be a great partner for all stakeholders including the board, Indiana Department of Education, schools and the state legislature. As a teacher, principal and district superintendent, she has the experience and background necessary to serve as a strong leader and I look forward to working with her in her new position.”
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 9, 2017) – “This was a great day for Hoosiers as we formally welcomed Gov. Eric Holcomb, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and other members of our statewide team into office. Eric is laser-focused on taking Indiana to the next level by growing our economy, maintaining fiscal integrity and protecting Hoosier taxpayers. We are fortunate to have him at the helm and to carry the torch passed on by Mitch Daniels and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Under Republican leadership, Indiana leaped into the national spotlight with its top-ranked business climate and strong economy, and I look forward to working with our new team to build on this incredible momentum.”
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 5, 2017) – “Dan Coats has the experience, integrity and knowledge needed to serve as director of national intelligence, and I couldn’t be more proud to have one of Indiana’s own stepping into this critical role. From his time in the U.S. Senate to his experience as the U.S. ambassador to Germany, he has proven to be a true servant leader and patriot who always keeps the best interests of our country in mind."
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 4, 2017) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Indiana House Republicans outlined their legislative agenda today and released their long-term road funding plan.
The House Republican agenda, “Investing In Our Future,” focuses on passing a balanced state budget and funding Indiana’s infrastructure needs while supporting education, job creation, workforce development, addiction treatment and public safety.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 2, 2017) - "Tera Klutz's strong background and experience on the local level will position her well as our next state auditor. I look forward to working together to help maintain Indiana's AAA credit rating, strong reserves and commitment to fiscal integrity."
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 19, 2016) – "Our top priority this session is passing a comprehensive, sustainable and responsible road funding plan. Today's recommendations help lay the groundwork as we work toward this goal and consider more sustainable revenue sources to build our infrastructure for the next generation," said House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis). "I'm thankful for the efforts of the task force, especially Representatives Tim Brown and Ed Soliday, who have worked very hard on identifying data-driven solutions that will work for Hoosiers and move Indiana forward."
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 16, 2016) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) today announced House standing committee assignments for the 120th General Assembly.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 8, 2016) – “Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith’s outstanding leadership has helped Indiana make great strides to improve its top-ranked business climate, attract billions of dollars in investments and create thousands of much-needed jobs. With Governor-elect Eric Holcomb’s selection of Jim Schellinger for this critical post, Hoosiers can rest assured we will continue to build on our economic success story. I’m confident Jim’s experience as the IEDC president and his years of experience as a business leader will help him make a seamless transition into this new role, and I look forward to working together to keep Indiana on a positive track.”
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 1, 2016) – “Today’s announcement is welcome news as over 1,000 hard-working Carrier employees faced looming layoffs. We appreciate the efforts of the incoming administration, including our own Gov. Mike Pence, who followed through on their promise and reached a meaningful agreement to save much-needed jobs. It’s clear that burdensome federal regulations and taxation is crushing American businesses large and small, and there’s more work to be done to ensure American companies can stay competitive and continue to invest in our communities and our workforce. It was an honor to be with the president-elect and vice president-elect today, and I am confident that this is just the beginning."
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 22, 2016) – House lawmakers gathered at the Statehouse today for the ceremonial start of the 2017 legislative session known as Organization Day.
Addressing his colleagues in the House Chamber, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) highlighted the legislative priorities for House Republicans. While passing a balanced state budget and long-term road funding plan top the agenda, Bosma also pledged to support education opportunities, job creation, workforce development, addiction treatment and public safety.
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 22, 2016) – Statehouse lawmakers and Habitat for Humanity are teaming up this legislative session to help build a home for a low-income family and raise awareness of the need for affordable housing.
Indiana House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City), Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) joined officials from Habitat today to formally announce their partnership.
Note to the Press: Please include the following statement from House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) in your coverage of today’s announcement regarding Governor-elect Eric Holcomb naming Earl Goode as chief of staff.
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 21, 2016) – “Earl Goode is an excellent choice for chief of staff and a strong leader with invaluable experience in the private and public sectors including working for the Daniels’ administration. I look forward to working with Earl again at the Statehouse, as we all focus on making Indiana a better place for Hoosier families and businesses."
STATEHOUSE (Nov. 9, 2016) - Members of the Indiana House Republican Caucus convened today to organize and elect its leadership team.
The caucus re-elected State Rep. Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) to his historic fifth term as Speaker of the House.
"We are ready to move past this unprecedented election season and work on our legislative agenda to help lead Indiana forward," Bosma said. "We have a strong leadership team in place and I look forward to working with our new members, and the new governor and his team. This session, we will keep our focus on continued fiscal integrity, a long-term infrastructure funding plan, and teacher and student focused education opportunities."
STATEHOUSE (October 4, 2016) – "The potential success for the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute continues to grow, and I congratulate the organization's new addition, Prof. Rainer Fischer, who will serve as its chief scientific and innovation officer," said House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis). "This institute plays a critical role in making Indiana a world leader in life sciences innovation and attracting top talent to our state. I look forward to continuing to support their efforts in the future."
STATEHOUSE (July 25, 2016) – "Today’s positive fiscal report is a clear indicator of our state’s continued strong, prudent fiscal management as we continue to hold a structurally balanced budget and healthy reserves under Republican leadership. At a time when many states, like Illinois, are facing budget shortfalls and crushing liabilities, we have kept taxes low for Hoosiers and job creators while making record investments in education and roads. Our strong fiscal discipline, AAA credit rating and our state’s record reserves will allow us to develop a comprehensive and sustainable long-term road funding solution next session."
STATEHOUSE (May 25, 2016) ― The Legislative Council today assigned topics for the General Assembly to study during the legislative interim.
The council includes eight members of the Indiana House of Representatives and eight members of the Indiana Senate. This year, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) serves as chair and Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) serves as vice-chair.
STATEHOUSE (May 18, 2016) – “Sue’s leadership, experience and passion for higher education will be a tremendous asset for Ivy Tech,” said Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis). “Our state’s community college plays a critical role in bridging the skills gap and strengthening the workforce pipeline – especially as more employers look to fill high-skill positions. I’m confident Sue will lead this great institution in a positive direction and I look forward to our continued work together in her new role.”
STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2016) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) today announced his appointments to a new panel charged with recommending a replacement for the ISTEP test.
INDIANAPOLIS (April 19, 2016) – “Today's decision is a win for Hoosiers who reach out in confidence to their legislators for help. Constituents sharing personal information deserve to do so with the assurance that those details will not end up in the media or in their neighbors’ hands. This communication has long been treated as legislative work product and we appreciate our state’s highest court leaving that long-standing practice in place.”
INDIANAPOLIS (April 8, 2016) – "Mr. Richter is once again allowed to sell his brooms on U.S. Postal Service property, and we are identifying with the Indianapolis postmaster the exact location that works at each branch he frequents. I sincerely appreciate the time, compassion and effort of post office officials, both locally and in Chicago, who worked expeditiously to make this right," Bosma said. "Jim has had a long-standing presence in Indianapolis and his personal story and positive attitude are inspiring. It's easy to understand why he had the community rallying behind him."
INDIANAPOLIS (April 7, 2016) – “Hoosier educators are one of Indiana's most critical resources, influencing the lives of thousands of students and shaping the future of our state,” said Bosma, author of House Enrolled Act 1002. “We believe the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship will encourage our best and brightest students to attend college and enter the teaching profession."
Teachers are one of Indiana's most critical resources, touching the lives of thousands of students and shaping the future of our state. Unfortunately, we know from recent teacher licensing data that fewer and fewer Hoosiers are choosing the teaching profession. This session we seized the opportunity to incentivize the best and brightest Hoosier students to enter and stay in Indiana classrooms.
As the Speaker of the Indiana House, I announced some lofty goals for this year’s short legislative session on Organization Day last November. Tackling road and bridge funding issues, protecting and promoting Indiana’s teachers and students, curbing our state’s illegal drug epidemic and replacing the ISTEP test all topped the list. And I made one more pledge – in this season of endless political sniping, the Indiana House would conduct itself in a civil, inclusive and bipartisan fashion. I am pleased to state that Hoosiers are winners on virtually each of these counts.
STATEHOUSE (March 3, 2016) – “It is an honor to join my colleagues today in confirming Eric Holcomb..."
STATEHOUSE (March 2, 2016) – "Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann has the heart of a servant leader..."
STATEHOUSE (March 1, 2016) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) led fellow House members today in honoring the life of Amy Beverland Elementary School Principal Susan Kelley Jordan.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 11, 2016) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) led fellow House lawmakers today in honoring the Indiana Boys & Girls Clubs for their dedication to helping thousands of Hoosier children and teenagers in need.
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 9, 2016) – “Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann is an extraordinary leader and public servant, who has dedicated herself to serving Hoosiers. I personally wish Sue the best in all of her future endeavors and thank her for her commitment to keeping Indiana on the right track..."
STATEHOUSE (February 9, 2016) ― Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and Indiana House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) issued the following statement today regarding SCR 27, a resolution honoring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson upon his retirement...
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 4, 2016) - "I am saddened by the loss of Governor Edgar Whitcomb and my thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a personal friend and a true public servant. He will be missed by all who knew him and will be long remembered for his courage and remarkable personal story, which has inspired countless Hoosiers, including this one."
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2016) – As session reached the halfway point this week, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) said House Republicans have moved forward on passing their legislative agenda, which focused on road funding, supporting public educators and curbing illegal drugs.
In total, House members passed 116 bills, sending them to the Senate for consideration.
“House Republicans worked quickly and efficiently on passing all of our priority bills, including a comprehensive, responsible and sustainable road funding plan,” Bosma said. “I am proud of the progress made in the first half on these sound policies and look forward to continuing the momentum."
“House and Senate leaders, the Department of Education and the governor’s office agreed early on that we had to act quickly to ensure teachers and schools were held harmless from the transition to the new ISTEP standards..."
STATEHOUSE – Today the Legislative Council approved the appointment of John Robert “Bob” Rudolph to serve as the Chief Counsel for the Office of Legislative Ethics within the Legislative Services Agency (LSA). House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) was the author of House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1002, the ethics bill which passed in a bipartisan effort during the 2015 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) has appointed Dr. Byron L. Ernest to serve as a member of the Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE).
Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 1 provides for legislative appointments to the SBOE from the Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives as well as the President Pro Tempore of the Indiana State Senate. This will allow legislators to have increased input in the development of education policy in Indiana. SEA 1 will improve the autonomy of the SBOE and will ensure that Hoosier students have access to the best education possible.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) authored House Bill (HB) 1004, creating the Safety P.I.N. (Protecting Indiana’s Newborns) grant program to combat infant mortality in Indiana. The bill was co-authored by House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis), State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) and State Rep. Dave Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) and passed unanimously out of the House today.
“I strongly support the Governor's announcement to issue an Executive Order and immediately funding an outside consultant to solve the problems concerning the drastic increase in the ISTEP+ test. The decision to greatly multiply testing time in 2015 was the Superintendent’s decision alone, and legislators and even the State Board of Education were not consulted or informed of this before the public announcement of the extended test time.
STATEHOUSE – “Today marked a momentous occasion in our state’s history as Indiana’s first woman Chief Justice took the podium to deliver her first State of the Judiciary. I appreciated her call to improve public safety, strengthen families and modernize courts.
STATEHOUSE – “The Governor set exactly the right tone and we are fully aligned in our priorities. House Republicans announced in October our focus would be on crafting an honestly balanced budget, increasing public school funding, fixing the funding formula and addressing important aspects of public safety, namely infant mortality and domestic violence prevention.
STATEHOUSE — House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) is hosting his annual “Tweet Seats” during Governor Mike Pence’s State of the State address on Tuesday. Six prominent twitterviduals from around the state will be in attendance, tweeting live from the Statehouse with updates of Gov. Pence’s address.
House Speaker Brian C. Bosma Organization Day Speech, November 18, 2014
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