Senate Education Committee Melton Announces Exploratory Look At Governor Bid By Brandon Smith • Jun 4, 2019 Brandon Smith Sen. Eddie Melton (D-Gary) is the first Indiana Democrat to take formal steps towards a gubernatorial run in 2020. Melton announced the formation of an exploratory committee in Gary Tuesday. Meet New Senate Education Committee Chair Jeff Raatz By Jeanie Lindsay • Nov 24, 2018 Leadership in the state Senate is changing drastically for the first time in more than a dozen years, including a new leader for the chamber’s education committee. Kruse Resigns As Education Committee Chair, Raatz Takes Over By Eric Weddle • Nov 9, 2018 Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) resigned Friday as the chairman of the powerful Education & Career Development Committee. He said in a statement the position is rewarding, but it has also been demanding for him and his family.