STATEHOUSE – Indiana Legislators were sworn in today, Organization Day, which marks the first meeting for the 118th General Assembly. All 100 members of the House, including 19 new Republicans, were sworn in by Chief Justice Brent Dickson.
“Just like a responsible family, we will sit together at our desks on the House floor and in the committee rooms of this building – and work through the monumental issues facing our state,” said newly reelected Speaker of the House, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis).
State Representative Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) was reelected to represent House District 46, which now includes portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.
“It has been an honor representing my community in the General Assembly since 2010,” said Rep. Heaton. “This session, House Republicans will advance our state’s economy by working hard to pass a balanced budget and by living with our state’s means.”
Currently 67 percent of manufacturing companies reported moderate to severe shortage of available qualified workers.
“It is imperative that we address the skills gap this legislative session. We must make sure we are doing everything in our power to educate our workforce for tomorrow’s jobs. We also must remain fiscally responsible; Indiana will continue to attract corporations, providing more jobs for Hoosiers,” said Rep. Heaton.
In October, the House Republican Caucus released their legislative agenda, making it clear that their focus will be on financial integrity, jobs and education. That focus was echoed today as the 69 House Republicans prepared for the upcoming session with a resolve to accomplish those priorities and continue to propel Indiana to be a state where Hoosiers have the ability to own their American Dream.
“Through passed legislation, Indiana has emerged as a leading state with a growing economy and strong education system,” said Rep. Heaton. “Building on that foundation, we must continue to refine our state’s education system by promoting early childhood learning and by expanding education opportunities for Hoosier families.”