I would like to thank everyone in Henry, Rush and Wayne counties for the opportunity to represent them throughout my tenure here with the Legislature. It is an honor and a privilege to represent the citizens of east central Indiana. As a former Henry County Assessor and Franklin Township Trustee, I will continue to represent and voice the opinions of all citizens within the district that I have been fortunate to hear from and when I've received comments. I would like to urge you to contact me with concerns you may have so I can assist you to the best of my ability.
House District 54
Indiana House of Representatives: 1996 – Present
House District 54: All of Henry County, a large portion of Rush County and parts of northwestern Wayne County in central Indiana.
Address: Box 218, Lewisville, IN 47352
• 800-382-9841 in Indianapolis
• 765-987-7572 in district
Education: Tri High School in Lewisville, IN
Occupation: Account Manager for Thomson Reuters
• Heritage in Progress
• Past President, County Assessor Association
With a passion for public service and a desire to bring positive change to state government, State Representative Tom Saunders was first elected to office in 1996. Since the beginning of his tenure as State Representative of District 54, Rep. Saunders wasted no time bringing increased economic development, with the beginning of construction on interchanges along I-70, as well as new businesses like the DOT Foods distribution center, for the citizens of Henry, Rush and Wayne County.
Along with economic development, Rep. Saunders has taken a stand to ensure his local schools continue to grow and improve as they educate young students—the next generation of Hoosiers. In addition, he has worked to bring an Ivy Tech campus to Downtown New Castle in order to improve the local community by bringing in additional traffic and revenue, while also providing high school graduates with more opportunities.
In 2014, he was recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Indiana Conservation Alliance for his leadership in creating the Sustainable Natural Resource Task Force. They applauded him for his continued commitment to improving quality of life for families and communities. In 2009, Rep. Saunders received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Indiana Department of the American Legion. The award is the Legion’s highest honor.
Rep. Saunders' experience as Henry County Assessor and Franklin Township Trustee was recognized by House leadership, slating him as a member of the Local Government Committee. Rep. Saunders recognizes the enormous task of those working within local units of government to provide services for their constituents.
As a lifelong native to east central Indiana, Rep. Saunders has shown honor, integrity and a strong ability to represent the best interests of his constituents.
House District 54 is made up of all of Henry County, a large portion of Rush County and parts of north western Wayne County in central Indiana.
As the 2020 legislative session begins, lawmakers throughout Indiana are working on bills to address a variety of issues impacting our state. This session, I am authoring legislation on several topics, including county commissions and Indiana elections.
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 15, 2019) – Rush County recently received $935,918 in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) and Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville).
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2019) – Local communities were recently awarded over $1.6 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Reps. Brad Barrett (R-Richmond) and Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville).
STATEHOUSE (Oct. 11, 2019) – Local communities were recently awarded $280,000 in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville).
STATEHOUSE (May 20, 2019) – State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) recently welcomed local student pages to the Statehouse.
STATEHOUSE (May 8, 2019) — Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed into law legislation authored by State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) helping to ensure absentee ballots are counted on time.
STATEHOUSE (March 26, 2019) – The Hodson Farm was recently recognized at the Statehouse for being in operation for 106 years, according to State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) and State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville).
PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) (center) welcomes Indiana Farm Bureau members (left to right) Casie Roland, Megan Adkins, Morgan Adkins and Marlene Fudge to the Statehouse in Indianapolis Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Saunders met with the members from Rush County to discuss agriculture and how the community can grow with the industry.
PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) pairs sneakers with his suit 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. To raise money for the American Cancer Society, Saunders hosts an annual bake sale and silent auction at the Statehouse. This year’s fundraising event will be on Monday, April 1.
RAISING AWARENESS: (From left to right) State Reps. J.D. Prescott (R-Union City) and Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) 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. A total of 1.7 million new cancer cases and more than 606,000 deaths from cancer are expected to occur in the U.S. in 2019, according to the American Cancer Society.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of State Rep. Tom Saunders’ (R-Lewisville) legislation that would help ensure absentee ballots are counted.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 15, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives on Monday will consider State Rep. Tom Saunders’ (R-Lewisville) legislation extending the time for citizens to send in absentee ballots.
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 16, 2019) — State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) recognized members of the USS Indiana and future members of the USS Indianapolis Tuesday with a resolution in the House Chamber.
STATEHOUSE (Dec. 20, 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 (Aug. 16, 2018) — Two local family farms in operation for 100 years or more were recognized Friday at the Indiana State Fair, according to State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) and State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville).
STATEHOUSE (June 20, 2018) — State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) was recently selected to serve on the Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation.
STATEHOUSE (July 14, 2017) – “The long-term road funding solution enacted this year is taking shape with the ‘Next Level Roads’ initiative. Under this plan, it is estimated that Wayne County will receive more than $62 million, Henry County will receive over $41 million and Rush County will receive almost $3 million. This funding will allow our communities to accomplish necessary improvement projects on our local roads and bridges without saddling future generations with debt.
STATEHOUSE (July 6, 2017) — State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) was recently named to three summer study committees, which examine assigned topics, gather testimonies and recommend potential legislation.
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