By Abrahm Hurt
INDIANAPOLIS — The newest member of the Indiana Senate was sworn in on Monday, almost six weeks after the post was vacated.
Brian Buchanan, R-Lebanon, will now take over for former Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, who resigned effective Jan. 1. Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush administered the oath.
Buchanan won the District 7 seat in January after five rounds of voting in the Republican caucus after capturing 42 out of 83 votes.
Sen. Brian Buchanan addresses the Senate for the first time. Buchanan fills the seat of former Sen. Brandt Hershman who resigned in December. Photo by Abrahm Hurt, TheStatehouseFile.com
The district includes large parts of Lafayette and includes parts of Tippecanoe, Boone, Carroll, Clinton, Jasper and White counties.
Buchanan said his goal was to continue to take Indiana to the next level.
“When I was running in the caucus for this Senate seat, I said that my goal was just to help continue to keep Indiana- Indiana is in a great spot as a state overall- and I think you guys have all been doing great work,” he said in his first address to the Senate.
The Boone County resident and county council member works in sales for Buchanan Hauling, a family-owned trucking and logistics company headquartered in Fort Wayne.
Hershman announced mid-way through his fifth term that he was taking a position with a law firm, Barnes & Thornburg, as a lawyer in the firm’s Washington D.C. office.
Hershman had focused on tax reform during his tenure in the state Senate and led efforts to cut taxes by placing caps on property taxes, repealing the inheritance tax, cutting taxes for corporate and financial institutions. He also authored legislation that led to the deregulation of the telecommunications industry in Indiana.
Buchanan said he was honored and looked forward to working with his fellow senators.
“I heard some debate up here the other day about we’re in a good spot, but how can we be better?” he said. “So, hopefully I can contribute a little bit about how to keep Indiana good and take us to the next level and make us even better.”
Abrahm Hurt is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.