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House District 30
Indiana House of Representatives: 2010 - present
House District 30: Portions of Grant and Howard Counties
Education: Recreation and Park Administration B.S. from the University of Missouri
Occupation: Executive Director of Facilities at Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo, Logansport, Peru and Rochester
State Representative Mike Karickhoff (Speaker Pro Tempore), first elected in 2010, has been an active member of his community for more than 30 years. From 1985-2002 he was Superintendent of Parks in Kokomo, and he has served as Ivy Tech Community College's Region 5 Executive Director of Facilities since he left the parks department. Rep. Karickhoff also served seven years on the Kokomo Common Council as the Finance Chair and the President.
Rep. Karickhoff and his wife, Kelly have four daughters and nine grandchildren. Kelly is also involved in the community. Rep. Karickhoff and his wife both encourage the growth and prosperity of their community and that directly translates into their professional lives.
Indiana House District 30 stretches from the middle of Howard County east to the middle of Grant County in central Indiana. In Howard County, it includes most of the city of Kokomo and all of Howard, Liberty, Jackson and Taylor Townships. In Grant County, it includes all of Sims and Franklin Townships.
State Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Ethan Manning (R-Denver) pair sneakers with their suits to draw attention to National Cancer Prevention Month Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Each year, the Indiana House of Representatives participates in the Suits and Sneakers challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, cancer claims 37 Hoosier lives every day, but avoiding tobacco products, eating a healthy diet and maintaining an active lifestyle can help reduce the risk of the disease.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives supported State Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Heath VanNatter’s (R-Kokomo) legislation allowing Howard County courts to appoint a magistrate to assist with cases.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 12, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives supported legislation authored by State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) to increase state tourism and its economic impact.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2019) – State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) recently recognized the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross and its contributions to health and safety with a resolution at the Statehouse.
“For over 100 years, the Red Cross has provided support and assistance to Hoosiers during moments of need,” Karickhoff said. “From disaster relief efforts to supplying lifesaving blood and medical services, the Red Cross serves people who may have nowhere else to go.”
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives recently voted in support of State Rep. Mike Karickhoff’s (R-Kokomo) legislation focused on improving local government efficiency.
“After working with stakeholders, it became apparent there were several areas in Indiana Code that could be updated to better serve our cities and towns,” Karickhoff said.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 19, 2018) – Local lawmakers encourage students who want to learn more about state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2019 legislative session.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 6, 2018) — State Rep. Mike Karickhoff was appointed to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore, a leadership position in which he presides over official House proceedings when the Speaker of the House is temporarily unavailable.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 24, 2018) – College students and recent graduates seeking an internship with the Indiana House of Representatives must submit their applications before the Oct. 31 deadline, according to area lawmakers.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 16, 2018) — Family farms from Howard County in operation for 100 years or more were recently recognized at the Indiana State Fair, according to local legislators.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 2, 2018) – Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2019 legislative session, which begins in January, according to State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo).
STATEHOUSE (June 27, 2018) – Those in Howard County at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes can receive prevention assistance thanks to a new lifestyle change program, according to State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo).
STATEHOUSE (April 4, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb at the Statehouse signed legislation into law co-authored by State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) enhancing employment opportunities for Hoosier workers with disabilities.
STATEHOUSE (March 22, 2018) – State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) today at the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities 2018 Annual Conference in Indianapolis presented a Sagamore of the Wabash award to Jill Dunn for her leadership and service as president and CEO of Bona Vista Programs Inc.
STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2018) — State Rep. Mike Karickhoff’s (R-Kokomo) proposal to help local governments collect past-due debts is moving to the governor’s desk for his consideration as a new law.
STATEHOUSE (March 5, 2018) — State Reps. Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) and Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) honored the Northwestern High School girls basketball team on Monday at the Statehouse for winning the Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 3A state championship.
RAISING AWARENESS: (From left to right) State Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo), Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) and Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) pair sneakers with their suits on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis to draw attention to National Cancer Prevention Month. Each year, the Indiana House of Representatives participates in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, 102 new cancer cases are diagnosed every day.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2018) — The House of Representatives recently voted in support of State Rep. Mike Karickhoff’s (R-Kokomo) bill that would allow the Indiana State Department of Health to issue a license for a hospital that has received accreditation from a nationally recognized accrediting organization.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 31, 2018) — The House of Representatives today voted in support of State Rep. Mike Karickhoff’s (R-Kokomo) bill that would help local governments collect unresolved debts.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 5, 2018) — The Kokomo Schools Corp. recently received a grant to expand early education programs, according to State Reps. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo).
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 4, 2018) — Applications are open for students interested in participating in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2018 legislative session, according to State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo).
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 30, 2017) — State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) was recently named the 2017 Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities Legislator of the Year for his dedication to Hoosiers with disabilities.
STATEHOUSE (Aug. 14, 2017) — Area legislators recently announced the latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead award, which recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more.
STATEHOUSE (May 18, 2017) — State Reps. Bill Friend (R-Macy) and Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) honored First Farmers Bank and Trust President and CEO Gene Miles for his contributions to the agricultural banking community with a resolution on Thursday.
INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 17, 2015) – State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) announced that the Statewide 911 Board unanimously approved a disbursement of 911 fees to local governments.
INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 20, 2015) – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) appointed State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) as Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore.
“I am humbled to serve as Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore,” Karickhoff said. “I look forward to the new responsibilities and challenges this leadership position will bring, and I’m excited for the opportunity to serve the Hoosier state in this role.”
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 16, 2015) – State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) and Heath VanNatter (R-Kokomo) today announced Indiana will pay off its federal unemployment loan early leading to significant savings for Hoosier businesses.
The State Budget Committee voted today to authorize a $250 million repayment of a federal unemployment loan prior to the Nov. 10 deadline. Karickhoff, who serves as chairman of the House Budget Subcommittee, and VanNatter joined House Republicans earlier this year in adding the early payoff option to the state’s budget.
STATEHOUSE – At the 2015 Howard County Women’s Summit, State Representative Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) presented Judy Dennis, Assistant Executive Director of the Family Service Association of Howard County, the Sagamore of the Wabash Award for her commitment to serving the community and Indiana.
The Sagamore of the Wabash award is one of the most esteemed honors the governor of Indiana can bestow. It is presented to those who have rendered a distinguished service to the state.
STATEHOUSE - State Representative Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) congratulates the Maple family of Howard County for receiving the Hoosier Homestead Award. The award was presented by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann in the Farm Bureau Building at the Indiana State Fair.
Kokomo was recently chosen to host city the 2015 Indiana Leadership Association (ILA) annual awards luncheon. At the event, a panel of many inspiring community and state leaders discussed the future of leadership in Indiana as well as how leadership programs can continue to remain effective and relevant to our ever-changing world.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) authored legislation to streamline the statewide 911 system to increase disaster preparedness during emergency situations. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1475 increases funding for the statewide 911 system as well as provides flexibility for local fiscal bodies to fairly distribute more funds to support their Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs). This legislation has now been signed into law by Governor Mike Pence.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) coauthored the state’s two year budget which passed out of the General Assembly and will now be sent to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. The $31 billion blueprint for Indiana’s finances has a strong focus on three main priorities: investing in education, fiscal integrity and public safety.
“It was a solemn responsibility to help craft and pass our state’s biennial budget,” said Rep. Karickhoff. “All session long, we worked to create a fiscal plan that focuses on the needs of Hoosier students, fund public safety initiatives and ensures a fiscal environment that will grow the Hoosier economy.”
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) authored legislation to benefit Hoosier businesses. House Bill (HB) 1271 would allow grocers and similar retailers to maintain their sales tax exemption when they purchase labels that are required for the sale of certain products. The bill passed unanimously out of the Senate.
STATEHOUSE – “House Bill (HB) 1001 delivers an honestly balanced budget that increases education funding by the largest amount in Indiana’s history while still investing in key priorities like public safety.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) authored legislation that works to streamline communication services and increase disaster preparedness during emergency situations. House Bill (HB) 1475 would increase funding for the statewide 911 system as well as provide flexibility for local fiscal bodies to fairly distribute more funds to support their Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs). This legislation passed out of the House with an 79-12 vote.
STATEHOUSE – “As someone who has lived, worked and raised a family in our community, it is my belief that we have benefitted from our current public construction practices.
STATEHOUSE – State Representative Mike Karickhoff (R–Kokomo) is encouraging Hoosier students to apply for the Indiana House Page Program.
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