Senators

Ed Charbonneau

Contact Information

200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
P: 800-382-9467 or 317-232-9494

Legislative Assistant:
Amy Foxworthy
Phone: 317-232-9494

Ed Charbonneau

State Senator - District 5

Elected

Indiana State Senate, 2007-present

Political Affiliation

Republican

Standing Committees

Environmental Affairs, Chair
Appropriations
Health & Provider Services, R.M.
Public Health Subcommittee
Rules & Legislative Procedures

Education

Wabash College, Crawfordsville
Loyola University, Chicago IL, M.B.A.
South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX
(Licensed to practice in Indiana, Texas and Pennsylvania, Federal District Court and the Supreme Court of the United States)

Activities

Power Over Poverty Under Laws of America Restored (POPULAR) 2011 mid-year integrity award recipient
Board Member, Opportunity Enterprises
President, Home Field Advantage Foundation
Former Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, The Methodist Hospitals, Inc.
Former Board Vice Chairman, The Methodist Hospitals, Inc.
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Indiana Forum
Former head of government and community affairs, U.S. Steel
Former member of the Indiana State Ethics Commission
Former Board Chairman, Porter County United Way
Former Board Chairman, Lake County United Way
Former Executive Board Member of the Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Council
Former Board Chairman, Tradewinds Rehabilitation Center
Former Board of Trustees member, Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center
Former member of the Indiana Steel Industry Advisory Commission
Sagamore of the Wabash award recipient
Tradewinds Rehabilitation Center Sempre Vivum award recipient
ABATE of Indiana, Region 2 Member

Military

United States Army Reserves, 1966-1972

Occupation

Attorney

Personal

Wife: Sharon
Two children; four grandchildren

Counties Served

Pulaski County and portions of Jasper, LaPorte, Porter and Starke counties

Ed Charbonneau

State Senator - District 5

Sen. Charbonneau Delivers Speech at Ethics Meeting

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) delivers the keynote speech at the Ethics and Public Integrity Consortium (EPIC) meeting called by the Indiana State Board of Accounts today, July 29. Local government officials and associations gathered to hear Charbonneau’s personal experiences based on his seven years as a member of the Indiana State Senate. more»

Sen. Charbonneau to Lead Great Lakes Legislative Caucus

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

STATEHOUSE- (July 29, 2014) – State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) will represent Indiana as a member of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus Executive Committee. The caucus is a bipartisan group of regional lawmakers strengthening the role of state and local legislators in the Great Lakes policymaking process. The caucus provides a forum for the more»

Sen. Charbonneau to Serve as Vice-Chair of Energy, Environment Interim Committees

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Monday, June 23, 2014

STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2014) — During the summer and fall, State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) will serve as vice-chair of the Interim Study Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications. During the 2014 session, Charbonneau authored Senate Bill 271, legislation to create this study committee. The committee will hear testimony and examine more»

Charbonneau Receives Indiana Legislative Leadership Award

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Tuesday, June 10, 2014

STATEHOUSE (June 9, 2014) – State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) received the Indiana Recycling Coalition’s (IRC) 2014 Legislative Leadership Award. This award is given for leadership in advocating significant recycling legislation. “The recycling legislation passed during the 2014 session is the first step in an ongoing more»

Charbonneau: May is Military Appreciation Month

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Friday, May 9, 2014

The men and women of the U.S. Military make huge sacrifices to protect our freedoms. To make sure we never forget that fact, Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month. Over the years, Indiana has made a special effort at helping the members of our armed forces transition back to civilian life after their service. That effort continued more»

Sen. Charbonneau: Gov. Pence Supports Water Resource Study

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sen. Charbonneau: Gov. Pence Supports Water Resource Study – Gov. Mike Pence (seated, center) joins legislators and representatives from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, state universities and private industry for the ceremonial signing of Senate Enrolled Act 271 at the Statehouse on Wednesday, April 30. State Sens. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso, more»

Sen. Charbonneau: Gov. Pence Supports Water Resource Study

Posted by: Hillary Cherry  | Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sen. Charbonneau: Gov. Pence Supports Water Resource Study – Gov. Mike Pence (seated, center) joins legislators and representatives from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, state universities and private industry for the ceremonial signing of Senate Enrolled Act 271 at the Statehouse on Wednesday, April 30. State Sens. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso, more»

Sen. Charbonneau Welcomes Local Students to Statehouse

Posted by: Evan Eikenberry  | Tuesday, February 5, 2013

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse, where they served as Senate pages.

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Statement from Sen. Charbonneau

Posted by: Evan Eikenberry  | Tuesday, January 22, 2013

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) made the following statement regarding Gov. Pence’s State of the State Address.

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[s5] Sen. Charbonneau: General Assembly Kicks Off 2013 Budget Session

Posted by: Evan Eikenberry  | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) gathered with fellow legislators today at the Statehouse for Organization Day — the ceremonial start of the 118th Indiana General Assembly’s budget session.

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[s5] Sen. Charbonneau Appointed as 2013-2014 Chairman of Environmental Affairs Committee

Posted by: Evan Eikenberry  | Thursday, November 15, 2012

Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today appointed State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) as chairman of the Senate Committee on Environmental Affairs for the 118th General Assembly.

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[s5] Sen. Charbonneau Congratulates Area Schools

Posted by: Evan Eikenberry  | Thursday, November 1, 2012

State Senator Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) made the following statement today praising 20 area schools for earning ‘A’ grades in Indiana’s 2011-2012 school year performance review:

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[s5] Sen. Ed Charbonneau Praised for 100 Percent Voting Record

Posted by: Evan Eikenberry  | Thursday, October 4, 2012

Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today praised State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) for his outstanding 2012 voting attendance record of 100 percent.

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[s5] COLUMN: Indiana Agriculture Update from the Rural Caucus

Posted by: Evan Eikenberry  | Saturday, August 25, 2012

It probably comes as no surprise to Hoosiers that agriculture is a critical part of our state’s economic future.

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[s5] COLUMN: Indiana Agriculture Update from the Rural Caucus

Posted by: Evan Eikenberry  | Friday, August 24, 2012

It probably comes as no surprise to Hoosiers that agriculture is a critical part of our state’s economic future.

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[s5] Tonight is National Night Out Against Crime

Posted by: Evan Eikenberry  | Tuesday, August 7, 2012

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) encourages citizens of Northwest Indiana to turn on their porch lights tonight for the 29th annual “National Night Out Against Crime” (NNO).

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[s5] Sen. Charbonneau Commends Valpo Students on AP Scores

Posted by: Evan Eikenberry  | Tuesday, July 24, 2012

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) made the following statement regarding the announcement that 45 Valparaiso High School students earned AP Scholar recognition:

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[s5] Sen. Charbonneau Applauds Local ISTEP+ Scores

Posted by: Evan Eikenberry  | Thursday, July 12, 2012

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) made the following statement today congratulating East Porter County School Corporation officials, teachers, parents and students for placing among Indiana’s highest-performing schools:

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[s5] Sen. Charbonneau Applauds Local ISTEP+ Scores

Posted by: Evan Eikenberry  | Wednesday, July 11, 2012

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) made the following statement today congratulating East Porter County School Corporation officials, teachers, parents and students for placing among Indiana’s highest-performing schools:

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[s5] Sen. Charbonneau Appointed to Health Finance Commission

Posted by: Evan Eikenberry  | Monday, July 9, 2012

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today announced the appointment of State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) as a member on the Health Finance Commission.

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[s5] New Motorcycle Sale Law Another Economic Development Tool

Saturday, June 30, 2012

This Sunday Hoosiers will be able to purchase fully assembled motorcycles at Indiana dealerships, thanks to a new law authored by State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso).

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[s5] New Motorcycle Sale Law Another Economic Development Tool

Friday, June 29, 2012

This Sunday Hoosiers will be able to purchase fully assembled motorcycles at Indiana dealerships, thanks to a new law authored by State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso).

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Statement from Sens. Charbonneau, Hershman on Jobs Announcement for Jasper County

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, May 9, 2012

“Encouraging high-paying jobs and creating a business-friendly atmosphere that continues to position Indiana as a prime location for employers both nationally and globally remain top priorities in the Indiana Senate.

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[s5] Sen. Charbonneau Selected for National ‘Fiscal Health’ Study Group, Will Help Prepare States for Future Economic Crises

Posted by: Evan Eikenberry  | Friday, May 4, 2012

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) accepted an invitation this week as a “front-line fiscal policy thinker” to join a national group of state legislators working to prepare state governments for future financial stability in economic crises.

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[5] Charbonneau Welcomes Local Student Pages to Statehouse

Posted by: Courtney Heiden, Press Secretary  | Friday, March 16, 2012

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) recently welcomed local students to the Statehouse where they served as Senate pages:

  • Troy Borlick, son of Valparaiso residents Jason Borlick and Christa Emerson. He is a sophomore at Valparaiso High School.
  • Alaina and Logan Donovan, children of Valparaiso resident Melissa Donovan. Alaina is a senior and Logan is a sophomore at Washington Township High School.
  • Joshua and Zachary Felty, sons of Hebron residents Craig and Tricia Felty. Joshua is a ninth-grade homeschooled student, and Zachary is a seventh-grade homeschooled student.
  • Spencer Finney, son of Kouts resident Beth Finney. He is a sophomore at Kouts High School.
  • Andrew Kittridge, son of Valparaiso Robert and Judith Kittridge. He is a junior at Valparaiso High School.
  • Branton and Victoria Leazenby, children of Plymouth resident Tresa Leazenby. Branton is a sophomore at Plymouth High School, and Victoria is a seventh-grade student at Lincoln Junior High School.
  • Lonnie Pappas, son of Valparaiso residents James and Tracey Pappas. He is a junior at Valparaiso High School.
  • Katlynn Surfus, daughter of Knox resident Dolores Surfus. She is a junior at Knox High School.
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[5] Charbonneau: Valparaiso Girl Scouts Serve as Senate Pages

Posted by: Courtney Heiden, Press Secretary  | Friday, March 16, 2012

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) welcomed local Girl Scout members who served as Senate pages at the Statehouse in celebration of the organization’s 100th anniversary:

  • Stephanie Baxter-Ivey, daughter of Valparaiso residents Allen and Penny Ivey. She is a junior at Valparaiso High School.
  • Maddisen Brennecke, daughter of Valparaiso residents Greg and Megan Brennecke. She is a junior at Valparaiso High School.
  • Rachel Knoblock, daughter of Valparaiso residents Gregory and Darlene Knoblock. She is a seventh-grade student at Benjamin Franklin Middle School.
  • Megan Simons, daughter of Valparaiso resident Kristina Simons. She is a seventh-grade student at Benjamin Franklin Middle School.
  • Danielle Vugrin, daughter of Valparaiso residents Jerome and Teresa Weiler. She is a junior at Valparaiso High School.
  • Hannah White, daughter of Valparaiso residents Phil and Janet White. She is a junior at Valparaiso High School.
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[5] Statement from State Sen. Ed Charbonneau on the Conclusion of the Legislative Session

Posted by: Courtney Heiden, Press Secretary  | Saturday, March 10, 2012

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) made the following statement regarding today’s adjournment of the 2012 legislative session and conclusion of the 117th General Assembly.  

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[5] Local Students Serve as Pages For State Sen. Ed Charbonneau

Posted by: Courtney Heiden, Press Secretary  | Friday, February 10, 2012

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) welcomed the following pages to the Statehouse in January:

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[5] Senate Passes Charbonneau’s Bill On Local Government Nepotism

Posted by: Courtney Heiden, Press Secretary  | Monday, January 23, 2012

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) said today Indiana is one step closer to eliminating nepotism and conflicts of interest in government.

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[5] Senate Panel to Consider Charbonneau’s Bill Lifting Sunday Motorcycle Sales Ban

Posted by: Courtney Heiden, Press Secretary  | Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Senate Committee on Commerce and Economic Development will consider State Sen. Ed Charbonneau’s proposal lifting Indiana’s ban on Sunday motorcycle sales on Friday, Jan. 20.

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[6] Landske, Charbonneau: NWI Students Interning With State Senate

Posted by: Courtney Heiden, Press Secretary  | Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A group of northwest Indiana residents are currently interning for the Indiana Senate during the 2012 legislative session.

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Charbonneau: Statement on State of the State Address

Posted by: Courtney Heiden, Press Secretary  | Wednesday, January 11, 2012

“Governor Daniels had many good points tonight in his final State of the State address, some I agree with, others that I am still examining before I vote” said State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso).

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Charbonneau: Senate Lawmakers Support Streamlining Driver Education Program

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Monday, January 31, 2011

Senate lawmakers voted 44-5 today in support of steering Indiana's driver education programs in a new direction, according to State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso).

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Area Students Visit Statehouse, Serve as Pages for State Sen. Charbonneau

Posted by: Area Students Visit Statehouse, Serve as Pages for State Sen. Charbonneau  | Friday, January 28, 2011

Area students recently visited the Statehouse and served as legislative pages for State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso):

  • Allix Smith, a daughter of Roger and Elizabeth Smith and a student at Ben Franklin Middle School;
  • Anne and Joseph Warner, children of Timothy and Karen Warner and students at St. Paul Catholic School;
  • Emily Miller, a daughter of Douglas and Mary Miller and a student at Ben Franklin Middle School;
  • Katelyn Bailey, a daughter of Matt and Rebecca Bailey and a student at St. Peter Lutheran School;
  • Lonnie Pappas, a son of James and Tracey Pappas and a student at Valparaiso High School;
  • Nathan Tuft, a son of Roberta Tuft and a student at Ben Franklin Middle School; and
  • Nathanael Nixon, a son of Margaret Nixon and a student at Riverside Intermediate School;
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Senate Approves Charbonneau's Proposal Banning Marijuana-like Products in State, Bill Moves to House

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Thursday, January 20, 2011

Senate lawmakers by a 47-0 vote today approved a bill authored by State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) banning pot-like products across Indiana and creating stiff penalties for using and selling the substances.

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Senate Approves Bill Extending Vote Centers, Sen. Charbonneau's Proposal Moves to House

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Senate lawmakers by a 49-0 vote today approved a bill authored by State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) giving all Indiana counties the option to use vote centers.

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Panel to Consider Sen. Charbonneau's Proposal Providing Municipalities Option to Manage Debt

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Indiana's Senate Committee on Judiciary will meet Wednesday to consider State Sen. Ed Charbonneau's proposal designed to help insolvent communities better manage their debts.

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Senate GOP: We're ready to balance the budget, consider Daniels' reforms

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Indiana Senate Republicans said their caucus stands ready to work with Gov. Mitch Daniels and other lawmakers to balance the state's two-year state budget and to consider reforms outlined in Tuesday's State of the State Address.

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Area students serve as pages for Sen. Ed Charbonneau

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Monday, January 10, 2011

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) recently welcomed the following area students as legislative pages:

  • Jacob Welch, son of David Welch and a student at Willow Creek; and
  • Margaret Nagai, daughter of Lee Nagai and a student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
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Charbonneau's Proposal Banning Synthetic Pot to be considered by Corrections Panel

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Monday, January 10, 2011

A proposal authored by State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) banning marijuana-like substances in Indiana and creating stiff penalties for using and selling the products will be considered by a Senate committee on Tuesday.

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Hoosiers Can Share Views on 2011 Legislative Survey

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hoosiers in Senate District 5 can share their views on various legislative matters by completing a survey from State Sen. Ed Charbonneau.

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State Sen. Charbonneau will assist Hoosiers in obtaining state tax forms

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Monday, January 3, 2011

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) will assist Hoosiers by mailing state income tax forms to residents unable to obtain the documents online, at public libraries or offices of tax preparers and the Indiana Department of Revenue (IDOR).

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[s5] Charbonneau: Committee Votes 'Yes' on Ethics Reforms

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Monday, January 11, 2010

An Indiana Senate panel today unanimously passed a plan co-authored by State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) to tighten state ethics laws.

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[s5] Sen. Charbonneau: Property taxes drop across district

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Wednesday, January 6, 2010

State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) said today an updated 2009 Statewide Property Tax Report shows bills went down significantly in all Senate District 5 counties where records were available.

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