STATEHOUSE -Today marks Organization Day where all 100 members of the House, including 19 new State Representatives, were sworn in by Chief Justice Shepard. In what has been described as one of the most difficult legislative sessions to come, State Rep. Dick Dodge (R-Pleasant Lake) and his fellow House Republicans regained control of the House.
The newly elected Speaker of the House Brian C. Bosma pledged that he will do his duty and asks that all the Representatives do the same.
"It's an honor to be elected by my district to represent Indiana House District 51 in the Statehouse," said Rep. Dodge. "I have been working throughout the summer on some of the legislative issues that will be addressed. I am looking forward to the start of session."
In September, the House Republican Caucus released their legislative plan, addressing Jobs, Education, Spending, and Standing Up to Washington, DC. At the time, Speaker Bosma also noted that he wanted to 'reach across the aisle' and 'bring civility back to the house chamber. Today, Speaker Bosma reinforced the legislative plan, and the importance of working together for the future of Indiana.
"My goal this session is to do what is best for my district," said Rep. Dodge. "I am dedicated to constructing a balanced budget while best serving my constituents' communities. I want to ensure they get the services they need such as good schools and good teachers. But, I will stand strong on not raising taxes," continued Rep. Dodge.