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Amanda Banks takes over Senate seat – for now

Indiana Sen. Amanda Banks sworn into office from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Amanda Banks officially stepped into her husband’s Senate seat Tuesday, taking the oath from Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush as her husband serves in Afghanistan. Jim Banks, who was reelected in November, will miss the 2015 session due […]

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Pro-Israel group to pay for Pences to spend Christmas in Jerusalem

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A non-profit Christian-based organization will pay to send Gov. Mike Pence and his wife to Israel to celebrate Christmas. Pence will also use the trip for a three-day economic mission, for which he’ll be joined by members of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. The delegation’s expenses will be paid […]

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Amanda Banks jumps back into politics, takes her husband’s Senate seat – temporarily

By Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. – Amanda Banks is not your typical stay-at-home mother. Before Amanda and her husband, Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, had children, she loved working on public policy for various organizations. But, since her first daughter’s birth in 2009, her days have been less political. Until now. With her […]

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New group brings former lawmakers back together

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com Roughly one year ago, Brian Hasler began forming an organization he believes is the first of its kind at the state level anywhere in the country. Hasler and the 130 members of his newly established group have one thing in common: They have all served as representatives or senators in the […]

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Rep. Turner makes resignation official

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANPOLIS – State Rep. Eric Turner, R-Cicero, has officially resigned his seat in the Indiana House, which leaves local Republicans to choose his successor. Turner – who has faced criticism for lobbying privately for legislation that benefited him and his family – had announced before the election he would resign. But […]

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Video & story: Banks sworn in via Skype, then temporarily steps down

Sen. Banks sworn in from Afghanistan from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jim Banks raised his right hand and swore to uphold the Indiana Constitution – just as his legislative colleagues did Tuesday as they officially took office and launched their 2015 session. But Banks, R-Columbia City, wasn’t standing at […]

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Forbes video: Mike Pence should run for president

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Forbes video: Mike Pence should run for president

Media mogul Steve Forbes talks about whether Mike Pence should run for president By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence should run for president because “he’s got the record and got the experience” to be a strong candidate in 2016, conservative media mogul Steve Forbes said Thursday. “Why shouldn’t he look at […]

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Senate shuffles committees, chairmen

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Retirements in the Indiana Senate have led to some shuffling of committees and their leaders, including the breakup or merging of committees dealing with agriculture, natural resources, insurance, banking and veterans. President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, has added a net of two more committees to the Senate […]

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Long-time National Guard leader to retire next spring

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Adjutant General Martin Umbarger will retire in May after 45 years of service with the Indiana National Guard. “There comes a time in everyone’s life and career to pass the ‘colors of leadership’ onto the next generation,” Umbarger said in a public letter to soldiers and others. “This is […]

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Anesthesiologist will be state’s new health commissioner

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a new doc in charge at the Indiana State Department of Health. Gov. Mike Pence on Wednesday appointed Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as the agency’s commissioner. He replaces Dr. William VanNess, who announced his resignation in August. Pence said Adams’ “public service and academic achievements” make him an […]

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