BEDFORD – State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) was recently honored with the Renaissance Wall of Fame Award for Bedford North Lawrence High School during halftime of the boys’ varsity basketball game on Feb. 17.
The award is presented to Bedford North Lawrence graduates who are considered outstanding in their careers, or who contribute through volunteerism or their career to improve their community. May, a Class of 1993 graduate, will have a plaque in his honor displayed in the entryway of the high school along with other Wall of Fame recipients.
“It’s a tremendous honor,” said May, who established the Excellence in Public Service Scholarship administered through the BNL Scholarship Foundation. “You see the other honorees displayed on that wall and question whether you’re truly worthy. I still feel like I have quite a bit of my career ahead of me, and things I want to accomplish personally and for the citizens of Lawrence County and Indiana.”
A native of Oolitic and a lifelong Lawrence County resident, May was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2016. He is the first Bedford North Lawrence graduate to serve in the Indiana House. May represents House District 65, which includes all of Lawrence County, and portions of Jackson, Orange, and Washington counties. He is chair of the House Local Government Committee and serves on the House Natural Resources Committee.
May has spent decades working in the manufacturing industry in management, and as an engineer and designer for companies including Ford, Cook, General Motors, and OTIS Elevator. He is currently the business development director at Whitney Tool Company, Inc., and owns and operates Hoosier Tech Properties, which provides residential housing.
His public service also includes three terms as a Lawrence County commissioner, chair of the Lawrence County Insurance Steering Committee, and board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County, Lawrence County Solid Waste Management District, Lawrence County Economic Growth Council, and the Lawrence County Redevelopment Commission. He’s also a member of Bedford Masonic Lodge #14, Sons of the American Legion Gillen Post #33, Springmill FOP Lodge #172, and Stone City FOP Lodge #94.
May lives in Bedford with his wife, Amanda, and their two children, Carter and Sydney.