Senators

Dennis Kruse

Contact Information

200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
P: 800-382-9467 or 317-232-9400 or 317-232-9443
Email: Senator.Kruse@iga.in.gov

Legislative Assistant:
Gloria Schroeder
317-233-0930

Dennis Kruse

State Senator - District 14

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Elected

Indiana State Senate, 2004 - present
Indiana House of Representatives, 1989 - 2004 (15 years)
DeKalb County Jackson Township Trustee, 1983 - 1989 (7 years)

Political Affiliation

Republican

Standing Committees

Education and Career Development, Chair
Utilities, Ranking Member
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Pensions and Labor
Rules and Legislative Procedure

Education

 

Leo Schools, 1953 -1962
Auburn High School, 1965
Purdue University Life Insurance Institute, 1966
Anderson University, 1967 - 1968
State of Indiana License Teacher, 1970 - 197
Indiana Realtors Institute Graduate, GRI 1972 - 1974
Indiana University School of Education, 1970
Indiana University: B.S. 1970, GRI 1974, CAI 1978

Activities

 

 

Trine University Board of Trustee’s, 2010 - present
The Gideons International, member 1996 - present
American Family Association of DeKalb County, member 1995 - present
Indiana Conservative Assembly, Chairman 1994 - present
Indiana Family Institute, 1994 - present
DeKalb County Council on Pregnancy, member 1989 - present
Right to Life, member 1989 - present
Advance America, 1984 - present
Northeast Indiana Youth for Christ Board, chairman 1989 - present, member 1968 - present
County Line Church of God, 1946-present
Indiana Congress of Parents and Teachers Life Membership, 2010
National Auctioneers Foundation Board of Trustee’s, 2009 - 2011
Indiana Pensions Management Oversight Commission, chairman 2007 and 2009
Child Evangelism Fellowship of Northeastern Indiana, member 1985 - 1997
Indiana University Certified Auctioneers Institute Charter Member, CAI 1976 - 1978
Auburn Bi-Centennial Celebration chairman, 1976
Indiana Dual Credit Advisory Council Member, 2009 - present
Indiana Education Roundtable, member 2009 - present
Indiana Motor Vehicle Advisory Board Member, 2011 - present
National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, commissioner 2009 - 2010
United States Education Commission of the States, commissioner 2009 - present
American Conservation Union, Defender of Liberty, 2012
Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana, 2007 - 2008

Honors

 

 

Honorary Doctorate of Public Service Recipient, Harrison College
Distinguished Alumni Award, Anderson University, 2011
Future of Education’s Golden Apple Award, Indiana Virtual School Families, 2011
Certificate of Appreciation, Indiana Speech-Language and Hearing Association, 2011
Guardian of the Year, Indiana Chamber of Commerce Small Business, 2005
Legislator of the Year, Indiana Aviation Association, 2006
Realtor of the Year, Northeastern Indiana Board of Realtors, 1975
Legislator of the Year, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 1996
Defender of Liberty, American Conservation Union, 2012
Award Winner, Indiana Section of American Water Works Association, 2009
Legislator of the Year, National Federation Independent Business, 2010

Occupation

 

 

Collector Car Auctions, Auctioneer 1971 - present
Dennis Kruse & Associates, Auctioneering and Real Estate, Owner/President 1968 - present
Indiana Real Estate Broker, Licensed 1968 - present
Reppert School of Auctioneering, Owner 1996 - 2011
Ambassador Steel Corporation Executive Offices, 1982 - 1996
WIFF & WAC Radio Stations, Disc Jockey 1966 - 1969
Avilla Motor Speedway Race, Announcer 1966 - 1968
WIFF Radio, Sport Broadcaster 1966 - 1967
Reppert School of Auctioneering, Graduate 1964

Personal

Married: Kay Adele Kruse (1968)
Children: Matthew (wife: Michelle), John (wife: Abby), Timothy (wife: Marybeth) and Daniel (wife: Beth Ellen)
Grandchildren: Caleb, Michael, Jackson and Abby

Counties Served

Portions of Allen and DeKalb counties

Dennis Kruse

State Senator - District 14

Sen. Kruse: Thanking Hoosier Veterans

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Monday, April 14, 2014

Take a moment and think about a veteran you know. These brave men and women risked everything to ensure our freedom, and they all deserve our deepest gratitude. In the coming weeks, there is a unique opportunity to thank a very special group of veterans – Hoosiers who fought in World War II. In fact, around 17 million Americans served during WWII, more»

Sen. Kruse Welcomes Local Students to Statehouse

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Monday, March 17, 2014

STATEHOUSE (March 17, 2014) – State Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) recently welcomed the following students to the Statehouse to serve as Senate pages: Dawes Dircksen, from Waterloo, attends Garret Middle School. Jessica Shoaff, from Leo, attends Leo Jr./Sr. High School. Matthew Stachler, from Fort Wayne, attends Blackhawk Middle School. Charity more»

KRUSE REPORT: Increased Penalties for Gun Crimes

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Friday, March 7, 2014

Throughout my time at the Statehouse, I have been a defender of law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment right to bear arms. But I’ve also strongly supported tough legislation to keep guns out of the hands of known criminals. According to Legislative Services Agency, two-thirds of felonies per year on average involve a firearm. To put this in more»

KRUSE REPORT: Helping Our Veterans

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Thursday, February 6, 2014

As Hoosiers, we understand how important it is to support our veterans. It’s no secret that returning to civilian life brings about challenges for many veterans. That’s why the General Assembly makes it a priority to remove roadblocks veterans face. The Indiana Senate recently passed several pieces of legislation – many of which I more»

KRUSE REPORT: School Standards Should Be Created by Hoosiers

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Friday, January 31, 2014

The federally backed school standards known as Common Core have taken a very interesting journey through Indiana. In 2010, Indiana – like many other states – adopted the Common Core State Standards in place of its previous state-created standards. After the State Board of Education adopted these standards, many Hoosier families and educators more»

KRUSE REPORT: The Preschool Debate in Indiana

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Wednesday, January 22, 2014

What role should our government play in the financial support of pre-kindergarten programs? Currently, Indiana and the federal government spend $277 million a year on early childhood development programs in our state, including the Child Care Development Fund and Head Start. Additionally, during the 2013 legislative session, lawmakers included $4 million more»

What Do Employers Want from Indiana?

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Friday, January 10, 2014

As we begin the 2014 legislative session, one of our top priorities as lawmakers is working to create a business-friendly environment for employers to grow and hire hardworking Hoosiers. Since 2005, our state has passed major initiatives aimed at improving Indiana’s economic climate. Policies that support employers can help encourage them to set up more»

New Health-Care Law Requires Consumer Education

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Friday, January 3, 2014

I read this column written by one of my colleagues in the Senate and thought it contained important information about navigating the Affordable Care Act and the new federal health-insurance exchange. I hope you find this information useful. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments by emailing s14@iga.in.gov or calling 800.382.9467 more»

KRUSE REPORT: Reforming Indiana’s Criminal Code

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Monday, December 9, 2013

It has been more than 30 years since Indiana took a comprehensive look at its criminal sentencing policies. Society has changed greatly in those years, and so have the crimes that threaten our communities. Since 2009, the legislature has been studying and discussing Indiana’s criminal code with hopes of finding a way to make sentencing more more»

KRUSE REPORT: Kicking off the 2014 Legislative Session

Posted by: Brady Hagerty  | Thursday, November 21, 2013

On Tuesday Nov. 19, the Indiana General Assembly convened at the Statehouse in preparation for the 2014 legislative session. “Organization Day” as it’s called, provides legislators an opportunity to meet with fellow lawmakers and staff, and begin discussing legislative topics. The upcoming session will begin in January and by law, more»

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