(STATEHOUSE)March 10, 2008 - The Indiana House of Representatives today honored state Rep. Larry Buell (R-Indianapolis) with a resolution for his 26 years of service to the Indiana General Assembly. Rep. Buell announced his plans to retire early in the year and will not seek re-election in November.
Several state representatives from both sides of the aisle rose to share some of their fond memories of Rep. Buell, as well as the importance of his friendship and commitment to all Hoosiers.
"Both Larry and his wife, Janis, have dedicated their lives to serving their community," said Rep. Brian Bosma. "They are not just a great team of public servants, they are great people."
Rep. Buell first came to office in 1980. He is a retired certified accountant who graduated from Ball State Teachers College - now Ball State University - and served in the U.S. Army. In addition to serving in state government, Rep. Buell has served in many capacities at both the local and national level and has remained actively involved in many community and church organizations throughout his life.
He is well known for his expertise in taxation matters and pension issues, in particular. In his tenure with the Indiana House of Representatives, he has earned the respect of Republican and Democrat leadership.
"Since he is retiring, I don't have to worry that what I'm about to say will hurt him," said Rep. Bill Crawford (D-Indianapolis). "Larry Buell is my favorite Republican. During our time together serving on the House Ways and Means Committee, the knowledge he has brought to all of us is immeasurable. He will be missed."
Rep. Buell has authored countless bills regarding tax law, pension issues and compensation for public employees, bills that improve the lives of Hoosiers from every corner of the state. He is best known in the House for his ongoing attempt to undo the class system for Indiana's high school basketball program.
"It has been an honor to serve with all of these folks from both sides, to be able to work and cooperate with you all, regardless of our differences," said Rep. Buell. "I am known somewhat as an authority on pensions, and I hope somebody will stand up and take the lead on that issue - and the fight against class basketball. I have enjoyed my time here. I will miss the friendships I have made. Truly, this place and my work here has been the highlight of my life."
Rep. Buell encourages constituents to contact him with questions or concerns through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling the Statehouse at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing him at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.