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 Alan Morrison (R-Terre Haute) was sworn in as a new member of the freshman class representing House District 42, which now includes all of Vermillion County and portions of Clay, Fountain, Parke, Vigo and Warren counties.
“I am honored and humbled to be here. I am ready to represent my community and will lead from the front with integrity,” said Rep. Morrison.
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.
“While working at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, I encounter many of Indiana’s brightest young minds eager to learn,” said Rep. Morrison. “I have seen firsthand the essential role that education plays in our state’s future, and it is important that we focus on providing the highest quality education to our most important investment, our students.”
Recently a study came out that stated there are 2.4 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) jobs for every 1 unemployed person.
“I understand the importance of STEM programs, they are the jobs that we must be preparing our next generation for. I look forward to working with the General Assembly to bridge the gap and better prepare our students for tomorrow’s careers,” said Rep. Morrison.