Braun; Messmer Sworn-In To New Offices

Rep. Braun HeadshotINDIANAPOLIS (NNDC/WIBC) In Indianapolis, the newly elected Indiana General Assembly was sworn in yesterday.

Leaders in both chambers vowing to focus on education funding when work begins in earnest in January.

WIBC Radio in Indianapolis is reporting House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says he’s determined to fix funding disparities between urban and suburban schools, and achieve the long-held goal of steering more of that money to the classroom instead of administration.

He’s asked the last 12 Indiana Teachers of the Year to serve as a “kitchen cabinet,” offering ideas for how to innovate in the classroom.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) says there’s a political as well as policy reason to demonstrate a commitment to education. He charges teachers’ unions have unfairly painted Republicans as hostile to public schools.

The new legislature includes eight freshmen in both the House and Senate. New in the house is Jasper Republican Mike Braun (pictured).

He is representing District 63 which includes all of Dubois County. In the Senate, newcomers include Republican Mark Messmer who gave up his District 63 seat in the House to successfully run for the upper chamber. He represents district 48 in the senate. Virtually all of western Dubois County is in his district, while the eastern half is in senate district 47. That is representated by newcomer Erin Houchin, a republican from Salem. She defeated longtime senator, Richard Young in the recently completed mid-term election. Messmer won the seat formerly held by Lindel Hume…. both young and hume are democrats.

With the exception of Anderson Representative Melanie Wright, all the newcomers in both chambers are Republicans, after an election which saw the GOP increase its majorities to 71-29 in the House and 40-10 in the Senate.

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