Organization Day: Speaker Bosma announces his plan to retire after 34 years of public service

Posted by: Erin Wittern  | Tuesday, November 19, 2019 2:00 pm

Note to the Press – House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) provided the following statement on his plan to retire after the 2020 legislative session in May, which he announced during his Organization Day speech at the Statehouse on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019:

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 19, 2019) – “It’s been the honor of my life to serve Hoosiers and help make Indiana all she can be. Coming into my 34th session as a legislator, it’s humbling to reflect on just how far our state has come – especially in the last 15 years. From the bottom of nearly every economic and business list to the best in the Midwest and among the top states in the nation. Whether it’s our welcoming business climate, record job creation or low taxes, Indiana’s economic engine is paying dividends for Hoosiers through low unemployment and low taxes.

Unlike Washington, D.C., we get things done. With civility and bipartisanship, state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle work together to make Indiana a better place to live, raise a family, and start or grow a business. In fact, over 80 percent of the new laws passed last session received bipartisan support, and it’s a trend we will push to continue.
 
I’m not done yet, and I look forward to working with my House and Senate colleagues in the upcoming legislative session to take us over the finish line on time and under budget.”

Bosma, first elected Indiana House Speaker in 2004, is the state’s longest-serving Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives. During that time, there were many notable policy accomplishments including passing a historic 20-year, fully funded roads plan, cutting or eliminating 14 taxes in the last 15 years, passing property tax reform and right-to-work, and empowering low-income families through implementing and expanding school choice.

House Republican lawmakers are expected to select a speaker-elect in the coming weeks, who will work closely with the speaker during the short session. Bosma said his hope is for the new speaker to be sworn in by the full House as session closes. The 2020 legislative session will convene on Jan. 6 and conclude by March 14.

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Indiana House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) represents
House District 88, which includes portions of Marion, Hamilton and Hancock counties.