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Rod Bray Chosen To Become New Senate GOP Leader

May 15, 2018
The Senate GOP caucus elected Sen. Rod Bray (R-Martinsville), right, to become the new Senate President Pro Tem. Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper), left, will become the new Majority Floor Leader, replacing Bray. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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The Indiana Senate GOP caucus voted Monday to make Sen. Rod Bray (R-Martinsville) the new Senate President Pro Tem.

Bray will replace current leader Sen. David Long (R-Fort Wayne), who will retire this fall.

Lawmakers Meet For Ceremonial Session Kickoff

Nov 21, 2017

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) laid out his vision for the 2018 legislative session Tuesday during lawmakers’ ceremonial kickoff to the session.

After touting Indiana’s numerous positive business and economic climate rankings, Bosma focused on what he says are the state’s weak spots.

Top House Committee Leadership Jobs Open

Nov 21, 2016


Two significant House committees will have new leadership after their chairs left the chamber this year.

The House Public Policy Committee chair retired this year and the Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications chair moved to the Senate. Those two high profile positions now up for grabs in the House GOP caucus.

But political analyst Ed Feigenbaum says not to expect too much change in the direction of either committee.

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Democrat State Sen. Mark Stoops of Bloomington wants the Indiana legislature to suspend its rules during a mostly ceremonial session Tuesday to pass a bill that he says will protect students and teaches from low ISTEP scores.

ISTEP test scores are used to set teacher pay and give schools a grade on the state’s A-to-F accountability scale. A school with too many Fs could face takeover by the state.