STATEHOUSE—House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Senator Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) were recognized by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as true leaders for guiding the Indiana General Assembly toward historic accomplishments, despite the challenges presented in the 2011 legislative session.
Speaker Bosma and Senator Long shared the Government Leader of the Year award on Thursday evening at the Chamber’s 22nd Annual Awards Dinner before a crowd of nearly 1,500 business, civic and political leaders.
“I was humbled by receiving such an award from the Chamber and honored to share it with my good friend Senator Long,” Speaker Bosma said. “Our joint leadership efforts were crucial to the success of the legislative session this past year.”
Education reform was at the top of Speaker Bosma’s agenda this session, working alongside Gov. Mitch Daniels, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett and Senator Long, to enhance school choice, expand charter schools and put improved teacher performance standards in place.
“I would rank what happened this year on the education reform front as probably the most important accomplishment in my 25 years in the General Assembly. I think it really sets the stage for the future, and raises the bar for other states,” said Speaker Bosma.
However, education reform was not his and the House Republican caucus’ only victory this session. He played an instrumental role in passing a fiscally-sound budget, revamping the state’s unemployment compensation system, cutting the state’s corporate income tax rate to benefit small business and authorizing enhanced public-private partnerships for transportation infrastructure projects.
More importantly, the Speaker and the House Republican caucus accomplished these goals despite the five-week walkout by House Democrat members.
A longtime attorney, Speaker Bosma serves constituents in parts of Marion and Hamilton Counties. He was first elected to the General Assembly in 1986 and previously served as Speaker in 2004-2006.
“I have been honored to serve as a legislator and as Speaker of the House,” said Speaker Bosma, “but more importantly, I have been honored to serve with some phenomenal legislators and statesmen.”Previous recipients of the Government Leader of the Year award include Gov. Daniels (2006), Gov. Frank O’Bannon and Dr. Suellen Reed (2001) and U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (1990).