[r82] House congratulates Espich for his 40 years of dedicated service (3/8/2012)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Start Date: 3/8/2012
End Date: 3/8/2012

STATEHOUSE—Rep. Jeff Espich (R-Uniondale) was honored today by the Indiana House of Representatives for his 40 years of dedicated service to the State of Indiana and House District 82.

In his four decades of public service, Rep. Espich has served as Chairman of the House Labor Committee, Chairman of the House Commerce Committee and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.  Currently, Rep. Espich serves as the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and works closely with legislation that involves state tax and finance.

He has also been a member of leadership, serving as Minority Whip, Assistant Minority Leader and Speaker Pro Tempore.

The Indiana University graduate and U.S. Army veteran is best known for accomplishments as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

In 2005, Rep. Espich authored and passed Indiana’s first balanced biennial state budget in over a decade. His initiatives promoted fiscal responsibility, which led to limitations on spending and produced a balanced budget with an operating surplus of $137 million. Thanks to his fiscal leadership, Indiana was able to repay $500 million in debt owed to Indiana K-12 schools.

In 2006, Rep. Espich worked on legislation that led to providing more than $2 billion in Property Tax Replacement Credits to local governments—more property tax relief than Indiana had ever seen before.

In 2011, he brought home another victory for taxpayers when he created and helped pass another balanced budget that did not include any tax increases, but provided a structural balance for 2012-2013, maintained prudent level of reserves and again directed more funding to K-12 education.

“I am truly honored to have had the opportunity serve my constituents, my state and the legislature for 40 years,” said Rep. Espich. “We have accomplished so much over the years—most of all, putting Indiana back on the right track through a troubling economic time—and that is something I am very proud to say I was a part of.

“My only advice for current and future legislators is to not do wrong, avoid making mistakes and know what you are doing. More importantly, don’t be the person to create the problem; be the person who solves the problem.”

In addition to his leadership on the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Espich serves as Chairman of the State Budget Committee, which is responsible for the oversight of state appropriations and developing budget recommendations to submit to the governor. He has been a serving member of the committee since 1996.

“Rep. Espich has always been dedicated to serving his constituents and throughout his years of service, he has gained a great deal of expertise in the area of tax and fiscal policy—expertise that will be greatly missed by all,” said Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis). “He is able to recognize the importance of limited government regulation and taxation, and work to create a climate favorable of strong economic growth.

“More importantly, he has always been a true statesman in always serving his constituency loyally and faithfully. I am proud to have had the opportunity to call him a colleague. He will sincerely missed.”

Rep. Espich’s current district is located in the northeast portion of Indiana and includes Van Buren Township in Grant County, Lafayette Township in Allen County and the townships of Chester, Harrison, Jackson, Liberty, Nottingham, Rockcreek and Union in Wells County.

During his resolution, Rep. Espich 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.