Newest lawmaker brings extensive experience to Statehouse

By Brandon Barger

INDIANAPOLIS—The newest member of the Indiana House of Representatives is stepping out of the supporting role she’s held for much of her career and into a leading role.

Dollyne Sherman of Indianapolis was sworn into the House by Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa on Monday in front of family, friends, constituents and former co-workers. She takes over the post in District 93, which includes parts of Greenwood and Southport, previously held by David Frizzell, who retired at the end of the 2019 session.

Dollyne Sherman was sworn in Monday to the Indiana House vacated by long-time Rep. David Frizzell. Former colleagueIndiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa did the ceremony. Photo by Haley Carney,

Sherman, 64, started in the Republican politics as a press secretary for the late Gov. Robert Orr in the 1980s. She then did the same job for Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith. She also worked for U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks and former Gov. Mitch Daniels.

During the swearing-in ceremony, Massa mentioned that he and Sherman worked together in Orr’s office and that he was glad to have been able to be a part of the swearing-in ceremony. It was a bit of a reunion for Sherman as Goldsmith and Brooks were also at the ceremony.

Sherman replaces Frizzell, who served in the district for 27 years. She was elected last week in a Republican caucus in her district, winning 22 of 34 votes from committee members. Her appointment was then approved by the GOP chair before she was sworn in Monday.

Of the 100 elected officials in the House of Representatives, 18 are by first-time lawmakers who won in the 2018 election.

Now that she is sworn-in, Sherman said is looking to work on issues that affect her district directly, which include school enrollment and getting the area ready for the last leg of the I-69 project. That long-planned highway will connect Evansville with Indianapolis.

Between now and the start of the next session, which begins with organization day in November, Sherman said she wants to meet with the people in her district.

“I want to make sure that I understand what the issues are and that they are represented here at the Statehouse,” she said, adding that she wants to make sure they know who to contact when they have an issue with state government.

Sherman said her focus is on learning the job and representing the people of the district through the remainder of Frizzell’s term, but expects to run for re-election in 2020.

Brandon Barger is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct an error. Newly-appointed Rep. Dollyne Sherman, R-Indianapolis, said she will work on school enrollment issues.

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