“I am honored to be appointed to this position,” said Rep. Pond. “I will continue to build on Indiana’s fiscal strength by limiting the size and scope of government and looking for innovative ways to spur economic development and growth. Indiana is well-positioned because of our state’s healthy reserve – a great position to be in – however, any investments to be allocated by Ways and Means must be sustainable and focused on Indiana’s long-term future. ”
Rep. Pond is one of the longest-serving members of the House having been first elected in 1978. She has extensive institutional knowledge and background on the budget-making process having been a member of Ways and Means in the past.
In addition to Rep. Pond’s appointment, Speaker Bosma announced the following leadership appointments within the Ways and Means Committee:
Vice Chair:Rep. Suzanne Crouch (R-Evansville)
Budget Committee Alternate: Rep. Eric Turner (R-Cicero)
Chair of Higher Education Subcommittee: Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte)
Chair of Budget Subcommittee: Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield)
Chair of K-12 Education Subcommittee: Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton)
Chair of Local Government or Tax Subcommittee: Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington)
Chair of Health and Medicaid Subcommittee: Rep. Phyllis Pond (R-New Haven)
“I have no doubt that this fiscal leadership team will continue our strong record of balancing the state’s budget and causing our state to live within its means. It is our goal to bring fiscal integrity to our state and to provide an economic climate to spur job creation, and this is the team to do just that,” said Speaker Bosma.