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The Statehouse goes to the dogs — and cats

By Nicole Hernandez, Logan Macaluso TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After a long day of making tough decisions, researching legislation and working with constituents, there’s always one creature happy to see a lawmaker — their pet. From the new first dog to a chinchilla, get to know some of the Statehouse pets. Gov. Eric Holcomb The governor’s Schnauzer, […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. Blake Doriot, from land surveyor to lawmaker

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly–elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.  INDIANAPOLIS — For Sen. Blake Doriot, R-Goshen, it is not uncommon for people to mispronounce his name. Doriot joked that his name is pronounced that his name is correctly pronounced like the Oreo cookie. After a few legislators talked to him, including previous senator of his district, Carlin […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. Andy Zay, father and small-business owner

By Adrianna Pitrelli and Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly–elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.  INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington may be a freshman to the General Assembly, but is embracing the life of a legislator. His life revolves around three things. “At the […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. Jack Sandlin, with a law enforcement background

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly–elected members of the Indiana House and Senate. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.  INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Jack Sandlin, R-Indianapolis, may be a new face to the Indiana Senate, but he is a lifelong Hoosier with a background in law enforcement, fraud investigation and military service. […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. Eddie Melton, focused on education and unemployment

By: Sarah Ramon and Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly–elected members of the Indiana House and Senate. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.  INDIANAPOLIS ­­— Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Merrillville, spends a lot of his time working in non-profit executive leadership when he’s not at […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. John Young, following in his family’s footsteps

By James Polston TheStatehouseFile.com This is a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS ­— Rep. John Young, R-Franklin, is planning on using his position at the Statehouse to give a voice to the voiceless. “It allows me to work […]

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Lobbyist love: Davey and Heather Neal’s Statehouse romance

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Davey Neal met Heather Willis on his first day on the job. It was the summer of 2001. He was fresh out of college. A Wabash graduate. He was getting the grand tour of Secretary of State Sue Anne Gilroy’s office where he’d be working. He got introduced to […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. John Ruckelshaus, ready to work across the aisle

By Quinn Fitzgerald and Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly–elected members of the Indiana House and Senate. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS ­­— Sen. John Ruckelshaus, R-Indianapolis, is a familiar face to the Statehouse. He served as a state representative from 1990 […]

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Parliamentarians, preserving Indiana Senate traditions

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When named the first female Senate parliamentarian in Indiana history in November 1982, Kristi Hill didn’t give the accomplishment much thought. “It’s not a job most people ever have any reason to know exists,” Hill, 66, said. “It’s a pretty low-profile job and I really didn’t think that much […]

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Getting to know the “Baconator,” Rep. Ronald Bacon

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — If there’s one thing Rep. Ronald Bacon, R-Chandler, loves it’s bacon. If you’ve had the opportunity to step inside his office, you would see some bacon memorabilia, but that’s just the beginning. Some may know Bacon as the “Baconator.” That term has been around since he first ran for […]

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