Senators

Jim Tomes

Contact Information

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

Legislative Assistant:
Atlantis Richter
Phone: 317-232-9414

Jim Tomes

Assistant Majority Caucus Chair

State Senator - District 49

Elected

Indiana State Senate, 2010 - present 

Political Affiliation

Republican

Standing Committees

Agriculture and Natural Resources
Corrections and Criminal Law
Corrections Subcommittee, Chair
Utilities

Education

Mater Dei High School, Evansville
Ivy Tech Community College, associate’s degree

Activities

2nd Amendment Patriots, director
Wadesville VFW Post 6576, member and former commander
Knights of St. John, member

Military

Spc. 5th Class, U.S. Army
Vietnam Veteran, 101st Airborne Division

Honors

National Rifle Association Grassroots Organization of the Year (2nd Amendment Patriots), 2000 
State Senate Certificate of Appreciation, 2005
Distinguished Hoosier Award, 2006
Kentucky Colonel, 2010 

Occupation

Former teamster, truck driver for 33 years and union steward for 21 years

Religious Affiliation

St. Wendel Catholic Church, Eucharistic Minister

Personal

Married: Margie Tomes
Children: Cherie, Lori and Nick
Four grandchildren

Counties Served

Posey County and portions of Gibson and Vanderburgh counties

Jim Tomes

Assistant Majority Caucus Chair

State Senator - District 49

Tomes, Wadesville VFW Honor Veterans

Posted by: Laura Beth Clymer  | Thursday, November 13, 2014

TOMES, WADESVILLE VFW HONOR VETERANS: State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville, far left) stands in as acting commander for Wadesville VFW Post 6576 during the Veterans Day Celebration at South Terrace Elementary School, Tuesday, Nov. 11. Members of the VFW post gathered on Veterans Day to honor the brave men and women who defend our freedom. Tomes thanks South more»

Sen. Tomes, DOC to Host Public Forum

Posted by: Laura Beth Clymer  | Thursday, October 23, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 23, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) is hosting an open forum with representatives from the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) at the Potter’s Wheel in Evansville Tuesday, Oct 28. Information about available resources and job training opportunities will be provided for those who have been incarcerated in the more»

Tomes Congratulates Local Non-Profit on 60-Year Anniversary

Posted by: Laura Beth Clymer  | Thursday, September 25, 2014

TOMES CONGRATULATES LOCAL NON-PROFIT ON 60-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville, left) presents a certificate of congratulations to Jeff Lyons, the Chairman of the ARC of Evansville’s Board of Directors (center) and Deidra Conner, the President of the ARC of Evansville (right) at the ARC’s 60th Anniversary ribbon-cutting ceremony more»

Statement from Sen. Tomes

Posted by: Laura Beth Clymer  | Friday, September 5, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 5, 2014) — “As a Vietnam veteran, I voice my support of the sculpture gifted to the Department of Natural Resources and placed in Whitewater Memorial State Park in recognition of military veterans. It’s worth noting that the symbol of the cross has special meaning to the military, in particular, the veterans who have more»

Tomes, Local Leaders Examine Regional Manufacturing Sector

Posted by: Laura Beth Clymer  | Thursday, September 4, 2014

TOMES, LOCAL LEADERS EXAMINE REGIONAL MANUFACTURING SECTOR: State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville, center) joins Dan Niemeier, the Mead Johnson Nutrition plant manager (left) and Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce (right), at the Tri-state Manufacturers’ Alliance quarterly meeting in Evansville on Thursday, Sept. 4. Tomes met with statewide more»

Sen. Tomes Supports Proposal for Consumer Protections to Military Members

Posted by: Laura Beth Clymer  | Monday, August 25, 2014

SEN. TOMES SUPPORTS PROPOSAL FOR CONSUMER PROTECTIONS TO MILITARY MEMBERS: State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville, left) joins Attorney General Greg Zoeller (right) at the Evansville National Guard Armory on Aug. 22 during a press conference to announce a legislative proposal strengthening consumer protections for military service members. As proposed, the more»

Sen. Tomes Congratulates Local Family Farm for 200 Years of Ownership

Posted by: Laura Beth Clymer  | Tuesday, August 12, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 12, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) congratulates a Gibson County family for their designation as a Hoosier Homestead recipient and 200 years of family farm ownership. The Emerson-Bratton Farm, LLC was established in 1811 and received the Bicentennial award last week at the Indiana State Fair. 55 families were honored with more»

Sen. Tomes Tours Gibson County Family Health-Care Center

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Thursday, July 31, 2014

STATEHOUSE (July 31, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) meets with Gibson County health-care experts to tour the Tulip Tree Family Health Care Center. Tulip Tree Family Health is a non-profit organization serving Gibson County and the surrounding area by providing quality affordable health care and dental services to local residents. Tomes more»

Sen. Tomes Appointed to DOCís Faith, Character-Based Advisory Board

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Friday, June 27, 2014

STATEHOUSE (June 27, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) was recently appointed to serve on the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC)’s Faith and Character-Based Advisory Board. The board offers guidance on faith-based programming within the DOC, including a program called Purposeful Living Units Serve (PLUS). PLUS is a faith and more»

Sen. Tomes to Serve on Energy, Military Affairs Interim Committees

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, June 24, 2014

STATEHOUSE (June 24, 2014) — During the summer and fall, State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) will serve on the Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs as well as the Interim Study Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications. “The summer is a critical time for lawmakers to study key issues more closely and begin more»

Sen. Tomes: Westech Provides Innovative, Meaningful Work to Area Residents

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, April 7, 2014

STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) recently toured Westech Building Products in Mt. Vernon, congratulating the local manufacturing company on its 2014 Indiana Governor’s Workplace Safety Award for Innovation. “We are fortunate to have Westech in our community,” Tomes said. “Westech provides good, more»

Sen. Tomes Welcomes Local Students to Statehouse

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Monday, March 17, 2014

STATEHOUSE (March 17, 2014) – State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) recently welcomed the following students to the Statehouse to serve as Senate pages: Lucas Broughton, from Wadesville, attends North Posey High School. Noah Weisling, from Evansville, attends F.J. Reitz High School. Kayla Hoenert, from Trafalgar, attends North Posey High School. Ryan more»

Sen. Tomesí Bill to Change Firearm Disposal Procedures Passes Senate

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 28, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Tomes’ (R-Wadesville) bill eliminating policies in which firearms seized by law enforcement are destroyed passed the Senate today by a 28-21 vote. Senate Bill 229 would direct local law enforcement agencies to auction off seized firearms to people lawfully allowed to own them with the proceeds going more»

Sen. Tomes: Indiana Senate Accepting Student Page Requests

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Friday, January 3, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 3, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) invites students in grades six through 12 to serve as Senate pages during the Indiana General Assembly’s 2014 legislative session. The Indiana Senate Page Program is now accepting applications for student pages, offering an up-close, behind-the-scenes look at the General Assembly. more»

Sens. Tomes, Becker Join Gov. Pence to Create New State-Based Initiatives Office

Posted by: Molly Johnson  | Wednesday, July 31, 2013

State Sens. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) and Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) joined Gov. Mike Pence in Evansville this week to establish the new Indiana Office of State-Based Initiatives (OSBI).

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Sens. Waterman, Tomes: Tightened Human Trafficking Restrictions Approved by House Committee

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Senate Bill 509, authored by State Sens. John Waterman (R-Shelburn) and Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville), is one step closer to becoming law after passing the House of Representatives Committee on Courts and Criminal Code today by a 12-0 vote.

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Sen. Tomesí Police Memorials Approved by Full Senate

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, March 4, 2013

Today, the Indiana Senate unanimously approved three resolutions by State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) to memorialize fallen Southwest Indiana law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

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State Sen. Jim Tomes Urges Memorials for Fallen Officers

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Resolutions authored by State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) to honor fallen Indiana police officers passed the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs today with unanimous support.

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Sen. Tomes Welcomes Local Students to Statehouse in January

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, February 4, 2013

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) welcomed the following local students to the Statehouse as Senate pages in January.

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Sen. Jim Tomes on Pence State of the State

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, January 22, 2013

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) made the following statement today in response to Gov. Mike Pence’s State of the State Address.

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[s49] Sen. Tomes: General Assembly Kicks Off 2013 Budget Session

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) 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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[s49] Sen. Tomes Congratulates Local Schools on Performance Grades

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, October 31, 2012

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) made the following statement today praising Gibson, Posey and Vanderburgh county schools for earning ‘A’ grades in Indiana’s 2011-2012 school year performance review:

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[s49] LTE: Privacy Is Important Too, By Sen. Tomes

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, October 29, 2012

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

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[s15] Sen. Wyss Commended for Pro-Jobs Voting Record

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Friday, July 13, 2012

State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) received a 94 percent ranking from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in its annual Legislative Vote Analysis report for his support of pro-jobs, pro-economic development legislation during the 2012 Indiana General Assembly.

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[s49] Sen. Tomes Appointed to Utility, Driver Education Interim Panels

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today announced his appointment of State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) to serve on two legislative panels: the Regulatory Flexibility Committee and the Interim Study Committee on Driver Education.

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[s49] Sen. Tomes Appointed to Utility, Driver Education Interim Panels

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, July 9, 2012

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today announced his appointment of State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) to serve on two legislative panels: the Regulatory Flexibility Committee and the Interim Study Committee on Driver Education.

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[s49] Sen. Tomes: Public Forum Saturday to Discuss Future of New Harmony Bridge

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, July 6, 2012

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) will co-host a public forum tomorrow to gather area residents' opinions on the future of the closed New Harmony Bridge.

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COLUMN: Memorial Day-What Can You Do for Your Country?

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, May 25, 2012

“And so my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

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Sen. Tomes, Governor Celebrate New Support Initiatives for Military Families

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, May 15, 2012

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) gathered with fellow lawmakers today at a ceremonial bill signing held by Gov. Mitch Daniels to celebrate three of Indiana’s newest support initiatives for military families: House Enrolled Act 1059, House Enrolled Act 1065 and House Enrolled Act 1116.

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Sens. Becker, Tomes Applaud Evansville Jobs Announcement

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, May 10, 2012

“SealCorp USA’s choice to expand in the Evansville community is a win-win."

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[s49] Statement from State Sen. Jim Tomes on the Conclusion of the Legislative Session

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Saturday, March 10, 2012

“Today legislators wrapped up the 2012 legislative session — one that passed very quickly but produced significant changes for Indiana."

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[49] Sen. Tomesí Initiative to Protect Hoosiers from Undue Costly Water, Sewer Rates Receives Final Senate Approval

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, March 9, 2012

State Sen. Jim Tomes’ (R-Wadesville) initiative to protect Hoosiers from undue costly water and sewer rates received final Senate approval today. House Bill 1126 passed 45-4 and can move to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

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[s49] Sen. Tomes Honors Lady Wildcats For Class 2A State Championship Victory

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, March 9, 2012

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) today asked the full Senate to join him in honoring the Evansville Mater Dei High School girls basketball team for their Class 2A State Championship victory.

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[s49] Nazarene Christian School Student Pages for Sen. Tomes in February

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, March 2, 2012

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) welcomed Nazarene Christian School student Kevin Tomes of Indianapolis — his second cousin — as a Senate page in February.

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[s49] Tomesí Bill to Help Veterans Transfer Service into Jobs Passes Committee, Moves to Full Senate

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, February 22, 2012

State Sen. Jim Tomes’ (R-Wadesville) bill to help Hoosier service men and women transfer time served into jobs and school credit hours passed the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development today by a 8-0 vote.

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[s49] Sen. Jim Tomes Kick-Starts Discussions for Creation of Posey County Juvenile Detention Program

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, February 17, 2012

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) met with local and state officials today to discuss a “vital opportunity” for families in Southwestern Indiana — the creation of a juvenile detention center or program in Posey County.

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[s49] Mt. Vernon Students Page for Sen. Tomes in January

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, February 3, 2012

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) welcomed Mt. Vernon Junior-Senior High School students Ethan and Gwen Raibley as Senate pages in January.

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[s49] COLUMN: It's Halftime at the Statehouse

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It’s hard to believe my second session in the Indiana General Assembly is already halfway done

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[s49] Full Senate Passes Tomesí Bill to Aid More Struggling Hoosier Military Families

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hoosier military families are one step closer to receiving more financial assistance during economic hardships, thanks to Senate passage of legislation co-authored by State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville

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[s49]Sen. Tomes: Bill Would Provide Greater Supervision of Violent Sex Offenders

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, January 20, 2012

State Sen. Jim Tomes’ plan to provide greater supervision of violent sex offenders passed the Senate Committee on Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters today by a 7-0 vote.

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Sen. Tomes on State of the State Address

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, January 10, 2012

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) made the following statement today, in response to Gov. Mitch Daniels’ 2012 State of the State Address:

 

“Indiana lawmakers have definitely hit the ground running this short legislative session."

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State Sen. Jim Tomes Welcomes Mt. Vernon Students As Legislative Pages

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Friday, January 28, 2011

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) recently welcomed the following area students as legislative pages:

  • Denise King, a daughter of Mt. Vernon residents John and Birgitt King and student at Mt. Vernon Junior High School; and
  • Gwen Raibley, a daughter of Mt. Vernon resident Susan Bincsik and student at Mt. Vernon Junior High School.
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Sen. Jim Tomes: New Harmony Receives $500,000 Grant For New Fire, EMS Station

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, January 27, 2011

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) today announced the town of New Harmony has received a $500,000 grant to help build a new joint fire and emergency medical services (EMS) facility.

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State Sen. Jim Tomes Welcomes Local Students As Legislative Pages

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, January 27, 2011

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) recently welcomed the following area students as legislative pages:

  • Virginia Deig, a daughter Evansville resident Cynthia Deig and student at Evansville Lutheran School;
  • Amanda Herrmann, a daughter of Evansville residents Mike and Jane Herrmann and student at Corpus Christi Catholic School;
  • Megan Pritchett, a daughter of Evansville residents Raymond and Nancy Pritchett and student at Corpus Christi Catholic School; and
  • Eva Traylor, a daughter of Evansville residents Brad and Susie Traylor and student at Corpus Christi Catholic School.
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Sen. Jim Tomes: Traveling Town Hall Meeting In Posey County

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, January 26, 2011

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) will participate in a traveling 'Meet Your Legislators' event next month in Posey County.

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Sen. Jim Tomes: Bill To Help Align Firearms Rules Moves To Full Senate

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A proposal authored by State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) designed to help align firearms restrictions across Indiana is on its way to the Senate floor.

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Area Students Serve As Pages For State Sen. Jim Tomes

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, January 19, 2011

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) recently welcomed the following area students as legislative pages:

  • Alexandra Hofman, a daughter of Ernie and Kimberlee Hofman and student at Benjamin Boss High School; and
  • Alex Reising, a son of Sean and Joana Reising and student at Reitz High School.
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Area Student Serves As Page For State Sen. Jim Tomes

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, January 12, 2011

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) recently welcomed James Ratcliff, a son of Robin Ratcliff and student at Holy Spirit Catholic School, as a legislative page.

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Update: Sen. Jim Tomes' Town Hall Meetings Schedule Revised

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, January 12, 2011

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) today announced a change of plans for a series of upcoming "Meet Your Legislators" events.

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

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Indiana Senate Republicans say 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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Sen. Tomes: Town Hall Meetings Set For 2011

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Monday, January 10, 2011

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) today announced the dates and times for a series of upcoming "Meet Your Legislators" events.

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Tomes will assist Hoosiers in obtaining state tax forms

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Thursday, January 6, 2011

State  Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) 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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Sen. Tomes: Issues Emerging for the 2011 Session

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Wednesday, January 5, 2011

State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) said passing a balanced budget and avoiding tax hikes on hardworking Hoosiers should be the top priorities for lawmakers during the 2011 legislative session, which began today at the Statehouse.

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Sen. Jim Tomes Files First Set of Bills

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Freshman State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) files his first set of legislation with help from Assistant Secretary of the Senate Diane Marshall on Tuesday, Jan. 4 - the day before the 2011 session is set to reconvene.

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