State Senator District 28
State Senator Mike Crider represents District 28, which is composed of Hancock County and portions of Marion and Shelby counties. First elected to the Senate in 2012, Crider serves on several key Senate Committees: Agriculture & Natural Resources, Homeland Security, Transportation & Veterans Affairs, Pensions & Labor, and Utilities.
Prior to his election to the Senate, Crider served with distinction for years with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and was named Director of Law Enforcement for the IDNR by Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2006. After leaving the IDNR in 2010, Crider began working as the Security Manager and Disaster Preparedness Coordinator for Hancock Regional Hospital.
He is a 1981 graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and a 2003 graduate of the FBI National Academy. He and his wife Sherri reside in Greenfield and attend Park Chaplin Church. They have two children and three grandchildren.
State Senator District 30
John was first elected to the Washington Township Marion County Advisory Board in 1986. He then ran and was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1990 and served on the Labor, Public Health and Insurance Committees. During the administration of Gov. Mitch Daniels, John was the Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Workforce Development.
John is the former co-owner of a family business in Indianapolis – the Carter-Lee Lumber Company. He served the business community there for over 18 years. John also served for over 12 years on the Marion County Board of Contractors, including a stint as chairman.
John is happily married to Mary Ruckelshaus, a long-serving real estate agent for FC Tucker. John and Mary are the proud parents of three children: Drew, an athletic trainer at Miami (Ohio) University, Maggie, who graduates from Michigan State Law School in May, and Jay, a senior at Duke University and Rhodes Scholar who will be studying at Oxford University in England beginning this fall.
Frequently asked, John is the nephew of William D. Ruckelshaus, former EPA and FBI Administrator in the Nixon and Reagan Administrations. John’s father Jack was the chief attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police and the state firefighter’s alliance as well as a two-term state senator.
John currently represents the 30th state senate district of Indiana.
State Senator District 31
Jim Merritt is a Republican member of the Indiana Senate, representing District 31 since 1990.
Jim is a born and raised Hoosier, who has chosen a life of devoting himself to creating a better and safer Indiana. As a State Senator, Jim embodies integrity and the ability to bring people together. Since 1990, Jim has fought for principled reforms pertaining to education, jobs, fiscal responsibility, healthcare and overall, the quality of life of his fellow Hoosiers.
Senator Jim Merritt and his wife Kelley live in northeastern Indianapolis and are the proud parents of Abby and son-in-law Josh Baker, Jennifer, and Will. Representing 130,000 constituents in District 31, Senator Merritt was first elected to the Indiana Senate in 1990. Committees Merritt serves on include Utilities, Homeland Security, Public Policy, Rules and Legislative Procedure, Joint Rules, and the Transportation subcommittee. The leadership positions Merritt holds in the Senate are Majority Caucus Chairman along with Chairmanship of the Utilities Committee.
State Senator District 32
State Sen. Aaron Freeman has represented Senate District 32 since 2016. Senate District 32 includes the southeast portion of Marion County. Freeman is a member of the Senate Committees on Education and Career Development, Corrections and Criminal Law, and Judiciary. He also serves as the Assistant Majority Floor Leader for Parliamentary Affairs for the Senate Republican leadership team.
Outside the Senate, he serves as an attorney in his law office, The Freeman Law Office, LLC. He received his bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton School of Law.
Freeman was previously a Marion County deputy prosecuting attorney and served for six years on the Indianapolis City County Council. Freeman is a current precinct committeeman in Franklin Township and serves as chairman of the Franklin Township GOP Club. He is also a recipient of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council 2018 Legislative Excellence Award.
Freeman is married to the love of his life, Heather, and they have two young boys. He is a passionate Notre Dame Football fan and loves IndyCar racing
State Senator District 35
R. Michael Young (b. May 14, 1951) is a Republican member of the Indiana State Senate, representing District 35. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000.
He previously served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1986 to 2000. Young earned his B.A. from Indiana University at Indianapolis in 1985. His professional experience includes working Management for Holiday Park Realty, as Managing Partner for Phoenix Development and Political Consultant for R.M. Young.
State Senator District 36
Jack Sandlin is the State Senator representing the 36th senate district of Indiana. Born in Indianapolis, Jack is a life long Hoosier.
Jack has been involved in public service in some aspect for all of his adult life. Jack started working at the Indianapolis Police Department after graduation from high school, took a brief break to serve in the United States Army, and then returned to be appointed as an Indianapolis Police Officer.
During his police career Jack worked in a variety of areas, including being assigned to a Federal Drug Task Force and the Marion County Grand Jury. At the Grand Jury he supervised investigators in conducting public corruption and complex white collar crime investigations. Jack retired as Deputy Chief of Investigations for the department.
Following his police career with Indianapolis Jack worked as a law firm administrator at the law firm of Harrison & Moberly. He then started his own business, which is now in its 16th year. The business involves Fraud Examination, Private Investigation and Security Consulting. Jack’s work focuses on fraud and white collar investigations. He also spent another 14 years working with the Southport Police Department, developing and mentoring young officers.
Jack also served two terms as Perry Township Trustee. For those eight years he never raised the property tax rate and became known for his fiscal responsibility. Following his tenure as Perry Township Trustee, Jack served in the Indianapolis City-County Council for six years, representing district 24. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Perry Senior Services and the Indiana Association of TRIADS.
Jack has earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice; a Bachelor Degree in Business; and a Masters in Business Administration. He also holds designations as a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Fraud Specialist.
Through his broad experience in business, government and public safety Jack maintains a goal of efficient, effective and responsible government while representing senate district 36.
Speaker Brian Bosma
State Representative District 88
Speaker of the Indiana House Brian Bosma has been a key figure in Indiana’s transformation over the past decade. After serving as Republican Floor Leader from 1994 to 1999, Brian was selected as Republican Leader in 2000 and 2002. In 2004, when House Republicans assumed a 52-48 majority, Brian was elected Speaker of the House by his peers. After serving as Republican Leader following the 2006 and 2008 elections, Brian Bosma was again elected Speaker of the House following the 2010, 2012 and 2014 elections.
Speaker Bosma’s time in leadership has been marked by government reform and policy achievements. Brian opened floor proceedings and committee meetings to Hoosiers via the internet for the first time. House Republicans also championed Indiana’s move to daylight saving time and passed “Major Moves”, Indiana’s landmark highway funding plan. Brian, a strong advocate for school choice, personally authored legislation in 2011 to significantly expand public charter schools in Indiana and coauthored a bill to provide families of low financial means school choice scholarships. In 2012, Speaker Bosma led the charge to make Indiana the 23rd “Right to Work” state in the nation, and, in 2013, he and House Republicans championed the passage of the largest tax cut package in state history.
Throughout his years of public service, Brian has been recognized as an exemplary leader:
Distinguished Public Official Award, Ivy Tech Community College, 2015
Sagamore of the Wabash, Governor Mitch Daniels, 2012
National Champion for Charters, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 2012
Guardian of Small Business, National Federation of Independent Business, 2012
Honorary Chairman, Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, 2012, 2009
Government Leader of the Year, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2011, 2004
Public Service Award, Agudath Israel of America Midwest, 2011
Chairman’s Award, National Federation of Independent Business, 2003, 2001
National Public Official of the Year, Governing Magazine, 2002
In his private life, Brian is a partner with the law firm of Kroger, Gardis, and Regas in Indianapolis. He is a founding Director of Bosma Industries for the Blind, which employs over 85 blind and visually impaired Hoosiers. Brian and his wife Cheryl have two adult children—Allison and Christopher. He is a graduate of Purdue University’s School of Engineering and the Indiana University School of Law. As Speaker, he serves as chairman of the Indiana House Republican Campaign Committee, the entity responsible for electing Republicans to the State House of Representatives, and has overseen a gain of 23 seats since 2008.
State Representative District 89
State Representative Cindy Kirchhofer represents House District 89, which lies in the Eastern/Southeastern portion of central Marion County and includes parts of Warren, Franklin and Perry Townships.
The 119th General Assembly will mark Rep. Kirchhofer’s third term as representative, but she already has an established record of public service. She has served two terms as Chairperson of the Perry Township Government Board and Vice President of the Beech Grove Redevelopment Commission. She has also served on the Indiana Paralegal Association Board of Directors and the Marion County Citizens Police Complaint Board.
Rep. Kirchhofer received her Paralegal Certificate from IUPUI.
Her father was a veteran of the Korean War and her grandfather was a veteran of World War II. Additionally, many of her family members have served in the United States Army.
Rep. Kirchhofer and her husband, a full time firefighter, live in Beech Grove. She has one daughter, who received her Undergraduate Degree from Purdue in Psychology and Law and Society with a minor in Anthropology followed by a Master’s Degree from IU School of Social Work.
Rep. Kirchhofer consistently works on behalf of every part of her district. In 2012, she was named Farm Bureau's Marion County Legislator of the Year, and a Mothers Against Drunk Driving Legislator of the Year in 2014.
State Representative District 90
Prior to serving in the House of Representatives, Rep. Speedy served southeast Marion County on the 29-member Indianapolis City County Council for nearly seven years. In this capacity, he concluded his council services as Chairman of Public Works Committee.
Born on the Southside, Rep. Speedy was raised partly south of Indianapolis and also in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He credits his late mother for instilling the sense of duty to serve his community and protect its values and taxpayers. Like his father before him, he earned his B.S. in Real Estate Finance from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Rep. Speedy also attained a law degree from IU's School of Law at Indianapolis. He maintains his law license and a designation Certified Commercial Investment Member. A second generation real estate developer, Rep. Speedy also runs and operates a small business in Indianapolis.
Additionally, he spends much of his time with his two children and attending community meetings and events, and has volunteered as a mentor for the Indianapolis Big Brother Big Sister chapter. He attends Living Word Bible Church.
State Representative District 91
Bob Behning is a Family Man
Married to Rosalie since July 30, 1977 37 years
Father of three – Nathan, Grant, and Brandi (Nathan and Jessie – wife, Grant and Patty – wife, Brandi and Chris – husband)
Grandfather of four – Eli, Gabriella, Parker, and Chace.
Bob Behning is an Active Leader
Member of Calvary Lutheran Church where I serve as the Executive Director of the Church, as well a usher on Sundays and am a member of the church choir
Member of the Board of Directors of Westview Osteopathic Hospital
Member of Guilford Township Civic Association
Former Decatur Township Republican Chair and currently Decatur Township Ward Chairman
Member of Decatur, Wayne and Perry Township GOP Clubs
State Representative District 93
Representative Dave Frizzell has been active in politics throughout his adult life. Both Rep. Frizzell's professional and community experiences have contributed to his successes here at the Statehouse. Some of his professional experiences include serving as the president of the Third Millennium Foundation Inc., a foundation striving to improve the quality of life of area senior citizens. He also served for a short time as a Major Gifts officer for the Riley's Children Foundation where he supervised the development of $50,000 in donations. Prior to this, he served for two years as the Executive Director of the Greater Indianapolis Advisory Council for Indiana Wesleyan University.
From 1985-2001, Rep. Frizzell served as the president of the Greater Indianapolis Republican Finance Committee (GIRFCO), and also worked with the American Cancer Society and as the Executive Director of the Indiana End State Renal Disease Network. In addition to years of political involvement as a volunteer for individual campaigns and as both Precinct Committeeman and Vice Chair Ward, Rep. Frizzell also served on the Boards of the National Kidney Foundation, and the Alzheimer's Association-Central Indiana Chapter.
In 2005, Rep. Frizzell was selected as an at-large delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) in Washington DC. Since his election to the Indiana House, Rep. Frizzell has served in numerous leadership positions for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Rep. Frizzell was the 2012 National Chairman of ALEC and was recently named their Legislator of the Year. Rep. Frizzell was born in Baltimore, Maryland and settled in Indiana in 1978. He married life-long Hoosier Valda VanNess in 1980, and started his family in 1982. He moved to District 93 in 1985 and he and his wife currently reside in Perry Township.