[r52] Rep. Smaltz ready to serve Hoosiers (11/20/2012)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Start Date: 11/20/2012 Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 11/20/2012 End Time: 4:00 PM
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 Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) was sworn in as a new member of the freshman class representing House District 52, which includes all of DeKalb County and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

“It is very humbling to have the opportunity to represent my community in the Indiana General Assembly,” said Rep. Smaltz. “House Republicans have accomplished a lot to move Indiana forward in recent years, and I’m eager to begin working towards making Indiana the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

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.

“My top priority is to equip Hoosiers with the tools they need to meet the demands of the 21st century marketplace, and having the necessary training or education is the first step,” said Rep. Smaltz. “Jobs and education are going to be the focus this legislative session, and I am excited to get to work on these issues for my community.”