State Rep. Steve Davisson passes after a long, courageous battle with cancer

SALEM – State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.

Steve Davisson

Davisson represented House District 73, which includes all of Washington County, and portions of Clark, Harrison, Jackson, Lawrence, and Orange counties.

Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement regarding the death of Rep. Steve Davisson. 

“My good friend Steve Davisson was a good friend to anyone that met him, and for that, we’re all fortunate and mourn his loss. As a man of faith, family, and community, Rep. Davisson was a model citizen legislator, daily carrying out the duties that made him an obvious Sagamore of the Wabash,” said Governor Eric Holcomb. “His ability to take on tough and complex issues with common sense and that famous smile was a gift from above. Janet and I will keep his wife, children, and many grandchildren in our prayers as they find peace for such an unimaginable loss for their family, loved ones, and his constituents that were so honored to have him represent them over all these years in our Statehouse.”

State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) was first elected to serve the constituents of House District 73 in 2010. He served as the vice-chair of the House Committee on Public Health, and as a member of both the House Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee, and the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.

“Steve Davisson lived an extraordinary life of love, courage, and service. While short in stature, Steve was a giant of a man in service to his family, community, and state. He lived his life full of love and optimism, which made him such a blessing to know. Steve will be greatly missed by me and everyone who had the privilege to know him,” said House Speaker Todd Huston.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Representative Steve Davisson. He was such an admirable public figure who always looked out for Hoosiers and the state’s best interest,’ said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch.  “We already shared a connection to Salem by the time we were colleagues in the Indiana House of Representatives, because my uncle, Donald Crouch was a family dentist in Salem, and his patients would go to Rep. Davisson to fill their prescriptions. I always enjoyed catching up and talking about our families. I will remember him for his positive attitude. No one would have ever known he was sick because of his upbeat spirit, which was his outlook throughout his life. I hope Hoosiers will keep his family, friends, and constituents in their prayers during this challenging time.”

In August, Gov. Eric Holcomb awarded Davisson the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, one of the state’s highest honors, for his outstanding service to the state of Indiana.

Before starting his career as a pharmacist in Salem, Davisson earned two degrees from Purdue University. He held an Indiana Board of Pharmacy license since 1981. Davisson grew up in Scott County and graduated from Scottsburg Senior High School in 1976.

Davisson and his wife, Michelle, have resided in Salem since 1983. They have five adult children and several grandchildren.