Attorney Chris Jeter Becomes Indiana's Newest State Lawmaker

Aug 21, 2020

Attorney Chris Jeter was voted in by a private Republican caucus to fill out the last few months of former House Speaker Brian Bosma’s term.
Credit (Courtesy of the Jeter campaign)

Fishers attorney Chris Jeter is the newest member of the Indiana House of Representatives.

Jeter was voted in by a private Republican caucus to fill out the last few months of former House Speaker Brian Bosma’s term. Bosma formally stepped down at the end of July after more than 34 years at the Statehouse.

Jeter, who was unopposed in the caucus, won the GOP primary for Bosma’s seat earlier this year and will face Democrat Pam Dechert this fall.

Join the conversation and sign up for the Indiana 2020 Two-Way. Text "elections" to 73224. Your comments and questions in response to our weekly text help us find the answers you need on COVID-19 and the 2020 election.

In a speech to the Republican precinct committee, Jeter said he ran because he believes Indiana needs “unapologetic, principled, strong, conservative” leadership.

More than one-fifth of the entire General Assembly first won their seats via private caucus, rather than a vote of the public in a general election. And Jeter is the seventh lawmaker caucused in since the 2018 election.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.