As we near the 2013 legislative session, it is my hope that the 118th General Assembly will enter this season of improvement and growth for Indiana with an open mind, ready to tackle the challenges brought forth by new ideas and opportunities.
Indiana has the potential to continue its streak as the super state of the Midwest, leading the nation in job creation and economic growth. With the strong leadership of both legislative chambers and the open mindset of the legislature, I believe we are poised to bring Indiana into the spotlight once more as a beacon of hope for the country.
House Republicans added 19 new members to the General Assembly bringing the total to 69 and gaining a supermajority. During our House Republican Caucus on Nov. 7, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) was re-elected as the Speaker of the House. Representative Bill Friend (R-Macy) and Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson (R-Noblesville) were also re-elected to their positions as Majority Floor Leader and Caucus Chairwoman. I am sure they will continue to serve Indiana to the best of their ability.
As one of the longer-serving members of the House, I have witnessed much change in our state. Power has shifted parties a number of times, going from Republican to Democrat and back again. That is the nature of politics, to be an ever-changing and evolving creature. What needs to be kept in mind is the necessity to focus on what is best for Hoosiers and the well-being of all in our state.
In the upcoming session, I will keep your needs in the forefront of my mind as I make decisions on legislation affecting our state. I have even sponsored, authored and co-authored several bills with ideas that my constituents have brought to my attention. My job is act as your voice in the General Assembly, making it important for you to share your thoughts and ideas with me.
Representative Lehman and I will be introducing a bill to facilitate the transfer of the Monroeville school, which East Allen Schools want to sell to any willing buyer. Present law is preventing this from happening in a timely way. I believe this bill will allow the transfer, possibly by this coming summer.
Our Locally Grown Ideas campaign is the perfect opportunity for you to communicate other great ideas on how to make Indiana an even better place. As Speaker Bosma said, “We’re not striving to move Indiana from good to great, we are already there. We’re going from great to superior.”
I appreciate being re-elected as your Representative for House District 85 and look forward to a productive session.