INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, announced Monday Sen. Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen, will replace retiring Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Nobelsville, as the chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
“Ryan’s excellent work on the school funding formula in the last several state budgets has proven he has the acumen, skills and temperament required to handle this challenging position,” Long said in a statement. “I am pleased that he will be taking on this new role. He has big shoes to fill, but I am confident he will continue to provide the strong leadership Sen. Kenley has displayed during his many years of service as chairman.”
Mishler is the Senate Majority Whip and has served as Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee for five years. He currently chairs the Subcommittee on School Funding. He also serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services and as a member of the Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy. He previously chaired the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to take on this new role,” Mishler said in a statement. “Over the last decade, Indiana has worked hard to build a national reputation for common-sense fiscal responsibility that protects taxpayers, and I look forward to continuing to build on that reputation in the years to come.”
Kenley, who has chaired the committee since 2009, will retire Sept. 30.
“It’s been a privilege to work with so many outstanding colleagues over the years to help position our state for economic success,” Kenley said in a statement. “Ryan has been a big part of those efforts. I have enjoyed working with him as a member of the committee, and I know he will do a great job as chairman.”
During Kenley’s last session he said he made it a goal to pass a balanced budget and develop a long-term road funding plan for Indiana.
“The chair of the Appropriations Committee plays a critical role in keeping Indiana’s financial position strong, and I am confident State Sen. Ryan Mishler’s breadth of experience will be a great addition to the fiscal leadership team at the Statehouse,” said House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, in a statement. “We look forward to working together to maintain Indiana’s AAA credit rating and our top position in economic and government rankings for the Midwest.”
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