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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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Vinatieri kicks his way into Hoosier history

By Taylor Brown TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb presented beloved Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri with the state’s highest civilian award Monday at the Statehouse. While Holcomb has awarded several Hoosiers the Sagamore of the Wabash, he said he knows that he will never award it to a more “clutch” teammate. During his presentation […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. David Niezgodski, moves from the House to the Senate

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com This story 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 — Sen. David Niezgodski, D-South Bend, may be a fresh face in the Indiana Senate, but he isn’t new to the Statehouse. Before winning his Senate […]

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Hoosier veteran finds community in local food initiative

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – After returning from serving as a surgical nurse in the Air Force, veteran Sara Creech’s life didn’t get any easier. “I had a lot of problems with PTSD and reintegrating,” she said. “It was very isolating at that time.” Then after about five years at home, her husband died from […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Joe Taylor, union president turned lawmaker

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a question and answer series with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly. INDIANAPOLIS — While Rep. Joe Taylor, D-South Bend, is a freshman in the House, he’s a veteran auto worker, celebrating 21 years in the business. The third-generation auto worker is currently serving his […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Jack Jordan, focusing on education and economic development

By Sarah Ramon TheStatehouseFile.com This story is a part of 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. Jack Jordan, R-Bremen, plans to partner with his colleagues to work on a balanced budget, infrastructure needs and education during […]

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Q&A: Meet Rep. Earl Harris Jr., continuing the family tradition

By Logan Macaluso TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly-elected members of Indiana General Assembly. Some responses have been edited for brevity and clarity. INDIANAPOLIS – Continuing on the Harris political legacy, Sen. Earl Harris Jr., D-East Chicago, plans to spark economic development and education, not only in his hometown, […]

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