STATEHOUSE – Indiana Legislators were sworn in today, Organization Day, which marks the first meeting for the 118th General Assembly. All 100 members of the House, including 19 new Republicans, were sworn in by Chief Justice Brent Dickson.
“Just like a responsible family, we will sit together at our desks on the House floor and in the committee rooms of this building – and work through the monumental issues facing our state,” said newly reelected Speaker of the House, Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis).
State Representative Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville) was reelected to represent House District 16, which now includes all of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.
“It will be an honor continuing to serve the people of House District 16, and I will once more represent them in the General Assembly with integrity,” said. Rep. Gutwein. “Indiana is a leader among states with the highest private sector job growth in the Midwest and one of the best in the country. That being said, we must continue to concentrate on legislation that builds the private sector, creating more jobs for Hoosiers.”
In October, the House Republican Caucus released their legislative agenda, making it clear that their focus will be on financial integrity, jobs and education. That focus was echoed today as the 69 House Republicans prepared for the upcoming session with a resolve to accomplish those priorities and continue to propel Indiana to be a state where Hoosiers have the ability to own their American Dream.
“I believe that one of the best ways to fight unemployment is to promote and support small businesses,” said Rep. Gutwein. “Small businesses are the backbone to our state’s economy, hiring a majority of the Hoosier workforce. It’s critical that we continue to make Indiana’s economic climate the most conducive for job growth and expansion to attract more companies to our state.”