State senator quits to take job in Washington D.C.

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TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – State Sen. Brandt Hershman announced Friday that he is quitting the Indiana General Assembly mid-way through his fifth term to take a position with a law firm in Washington D.C.

The Buck Creek Republican’s resignation is effective Jan. 2, one day before the start of the new legislative session. Hershman, the majority floor leader, released a statement saying he is joining Barnes & Thornburg as a lawyer in the firm’s Washington D.C. office.

Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek

“I’m deeply grateful to the people of Senate District 7 for the chance to represent them at the Statehouse over the past 18 years,” Hershman said in a statement. “Throughout my tenure, I have focused on making sure Hoosiers are getting the best and most efficient government services for the smallest cost.”

Hershman has focused on tax reform during his tenure in the state Senate and led efforts to cut taxes by placing caps on property taxes, repealing the inheritance tax, cutting taxes for corporate and financial institutions. He also authored legislation that led to the deregulation of the telecommunications industry in Indiana.

Hershman was a leader in the 2006 lease of the Indiana Toll Road that funded the 10-year Major Moves road construction program – all without new taxes or borrowing. He also authored a bill in 2016 that redirected $430 million to local governments for road and bridge improvements across the state. 

In 2015 and 2017, Hershman helped advance a balanced budget amendment to the Indiana Constitution, which will be eligible for Hoosier voters to consider on the 2018 general election ballot. 

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, praised Hershman as a friend who provided wise counsel.

“He is leaving the Senate with a record that few others in the history of the Indiana State Legislature can match,” Long said. “His legacy as a national leader on such state issues as tax reform, telecom reform, and as a strong and consistent advocate for the agricultural community speaks for itself.”

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