[r24] Rep. McClain honored for his service in the House (3/7/2012)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Start Date: 3/7/2012
End Date: 3/7/2012

STATEHOUSE—State Rep. Rich McClain (R-Logansport) was honored today by the Indiana House of Representatives for his continued service and dedication to the constituents of House District 24 throughout his 18 years of service. Rep. McClain plans to retire from the House at the end of this term.

During his time in the legislature, Rep. McClain has served on the House Financial Institutions Committee, Roads and Transportation Committee, Ways and Means Committee, Veterans and Public Safety Committee and the Select Committee on Government Reduction.

In addition to his extensive involvement in House committees, Rep. McClain was instrumental in spurring economic development in his local communities, including helping to construct the Logansport Ivy Tech location. Rep. McClain was also influential in funding Indiana’s more than $1.8 billion transportation deficit to make the Hoosier Heartland Corridor a reality.

“It has been an honor serving my constituents over the past 18 years,” said Rep. McClain. “I am truly proud of the work we have accomplished together in strengthening both our community and the State of Indiana. I am going to miss serving on behalf of District 24.

“I am also grateful for my colleagues in the House, and the recognition from them today was a special moment for me.”

Throughout his time of public servancy, Rep. McClain has also been extremely active in his community with his involvement in various local organizations, including a close working relationship with the Logansport/Cass County Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to his time at the Statehouse, Rep. McClain was a business owner, served as a Jefferson Township Trustee and as the Logansport City Engineer. He also served the country as a member of the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

Rep. McClain’s decision to not seek re-election this year was based on his desire to spend more time at home with growing family.

“My time in the House has been remarkable, but it is more and more difficult to be away from my family for extended periods of time during session. I’m looking forward to spending time traveling with my family, especially as the grandchildren are growing up.”

Rep. McClain and his wife Barrie – a retired teacher at Pioneer Junior Senior High School in Royal Center – have twin sons and five grandchildren.

During his resolution, Rep. McClain was honored by multiple legislators on the House Floor and received a standing ovation by all legislators, staff and visitors present during today’s session.