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Spartz sworn in as senator after Kenley’s retirement

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Victoria Spartz became the state’s newest senator Wednesday after being sworn in to fill Sen. Luke Kenley’s former seat. “I am eager to begin my first session with the General Assembly,” Spartz said in a statement. “It is a privilege to be the voice of the constituents in Senate District […]

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Ukraine native to serve as newest senator

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — When Victoria Spartz took the stage at a caucus to determine who would fill Sen. Luke Kenley’s seat, her accent was strong, but her passion for American politics was stronger. “I’ll tell you a story about my accent,” Spartz, a Ukraine native, said to start her introduction to […]

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Messer kicks off campaign with blues skies and barbecue

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com MORRISTOWN, Ind. — Republican U.S. Rep. Luke Messer launched his U.S. Senate campaign Saturday with a little bit of politics and a whole lot of barbecue. “Some say this doesn’t exist anymore — hundreds of Hoosier families standing shoulder to shoulder, waving flags, having a barbecue, people from all generations coming […]

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Rokita’s ‘God’s will’ comment spurs 2018 campaign preview

By Eddie Drews TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A statement by U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita about God’s will regarding natural disasters has stirred up a mix of responses and is giving one of the first looks at the drama that’s likely to be a part of the 2018 U.S. Senate campaign. “Even though we cannot predict God’s […]

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Mishler selected to chair Senate Committee on Appropriations

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com 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 […]

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Bills become law after Senate, House override Pence vetoes

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Two bills are now law after the Senate joined the House in voting to override former Gov. Mike Pence’s vetoes on the bills Tuesday. In Indiana, a governor’s veto can be overridden if a constitutional majority of both chambers—51 representatives, 26 senators—vote to do so. Both bills passed in […]

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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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Senate back in session, Democrats lay out agenda

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As is the tradition, the first Senate session of the new year kicked off Tuesday with prospective bills being introduced by a clerk in a rapid, almost an auctioneer, style. “For our new senators who don’t understand what just happened there, that’s the initial introduction of a bill,” President […]

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Longtime state Sen. Larry Borst dies at 89

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Longtime and influential former state senator Larry Borst has died at age 89, according to state leaders. “He was a voice of the Southside of Indianapolis, Greenwood and the entire State of Indiana in the Senate,” Indiana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Cardwell said in a statement. Borst played a significant […]

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Significant turnover brings wave of new lawmakers

By Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Organization Day has arrived at the Statehouse and newly-elected lawmakers are settling into their new roles. “A lot of new faces. A lot of new energy. Diverse group from all parts of the state,” Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said. “We’re lucky to have a talented […]

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