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Indiana Senate Republicans Announce Leadership Team
Updated November 6, 2014 7:21 AM | Filed under: Politics
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - The Indiana Senate Majority Caucus met today in Indianapolis to elect its leadership team. Eight senators-elect joined with incumbent caucus members to re-elect State Sen. David Long (R-Fort Wayne) as their choice for Senate President Pro Tempore and State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) as Majority Caucus Chairman.

Long has served as President Pro Tempore since 2006, and Merritt has held his leadership post since 2004.

In accordance with Senate rules, the 10 Democrats who make up the minority caucus will also weigh in on Long's selection during the legislature's official Organization Day on Nov. 18. Traditionally, the minority caucus supports the choice of the majority members.

"Senate Republicans are ready to get to work," Long said. "We expect the upcoming session to be productive in a variety of areas. Most notably legislators will be crafting another balanced budget that funds important state services, provides for the best possible education for Hoosier children, supports our hardworking teachers and protects taxpayers."

Attending Wednesday's meeting were eight newly elected Republicans to the Indiana Senate:

  • Senate District 6: Rick Niemeyer, Lowell
  • Senate District 15: Liz Brown, Fort Wayne
  • Senate District 27: Jeff Raatz, Richmond
  • Senate District 38: Jon Ford, Terre Haute
  • Senate District 39: Eric Bassler, Washington
  • Senate District 43: Chip Perfect, Lawrenceburg
  • Senate District 47: Erin Houchin, Salem
  • Senate District 48: Mark Messmer, Jasper


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