STATEHOUSE – Indiana legislators were sworn in Tuesday, Organization Day, which marks the first meeting for the 119th General Assembly. All 100 members of the House, including eight new Republicans, were sworn in by Chief Justice Loretta Rush. State Representative Doug Gutwein (R-Francesville) was reelected to represent House District 16, which includes Pulaski county and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.
“It is an honor to represent our community at the Statehouse,” said Rep. Gutwein. “I will continue to focus on the issues impacting Northwest Indiana and remain committed to bringing down Indiana’s unemployment rate so that Hoosiers have more employment opportunities in our state.”
In addition to the swearing in ceremony on Organization Day, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) announced this year’s annual charity, which the entire House participates in, as the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV). The charity will be supported throughout the 2015 legislative session, and to kick-off the announcement, legislators, staff and other officials brought in bedding, grocery store gift cards, art supplies and additional items for domestic violence service providers across the state.
The ICADV, founded in 1980, is a statewide coalition of domestic violence programs, support agencies and concerned individuals. They provide technical assistance, resources, information and training to those who serve victims of domestic violence. Their goal is to eliminate domestic violence through the implementation of prevention programs and public awareness.
“Unfortunately, one out of every four women will experience some type of domestic violence in her lifetime,” said Rep. Gutwein. “Most cases are never reported to the police, so I hope that by raising awareness on this issue and standing behind and showing our support for the ICADV, we can help put an end to domestic violence in our state.”
For more information on ICADV, visit www.icadvinc.org/.
Rep. Gutwein (R-Francesville) represents all of Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.