Senators

Thomas Wyss

Contact Information

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

Legislative Assistant:
Maureen Gordin
Phone: 317-232-9807

Thomas Wyss

State Senator - District 15

Elected

Indiana State Senate, 1985-present

Political Affiliation

Republican

Standing Committees

Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs, Chair
Appropriations
Local Government
Rules and Legislative Procedure

Education

Purdue University, associate's degree

Activities

Allen County Council, 1976-1985
National Homeland Security Consortium
U.S. Department of Justice GLOBAL Advisory Committee
U.S. Department of Justice Intelligence Working Group
U.S. Department of Homeland Security FEMA Emergency Preparedness Task Force, former member
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council for Homeland Security
Fort Wayne Medical Education Advisory Board
Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers Advisory Board
National Guard Association of the U.S. and Indiana
Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust
Hoosier Burn Camp
Northeast Indiana Burn Foundation
GE Elfun Society
Knights of Columbus
Precinct Committeeman, 1976-1986, 1993-1998

National Conference of State Legislators

Homeland Security and Preparedness Task Force, co-chair

Military

Indiana Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, retired

Honors

Charles Dick Award, National Guard Association of the United States, 2013, 1994 (first Hoosier to be awarded it twice)
Legislator of the Year Award, Indiana Disabled American Veterans, 2013, 2007
Distinguished Public Service Award, Indiana American Legion, 2013
Stand Your Ground Award, Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, 2013
Legislator of the Year Award, Aviation Association of Indiana, 2012
Indiana's Most Pro-Job Legislator, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2010
Legislator of the Year Award, Indiana Association of Police Chiefs, 2010
Legislator of the Year Award, Indiana Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2010
Award for Public Service, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2009
National MADD Award, 2008
Governor’s Council Award, 2008
President’s Award, Indiana Fire Chiefs Association, 2007
"Gus Grissom Award," Association of Consulting Engineering Companies, 2007
Child Safety Advocate Award, Indiana Safe Kids Coalition, 2004
Career Community Service Award, Indiana Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, 2004

Occupation

GE Industrial Systems (retired) 

Religious Affiliation

St. Vincent's Catholic Church

Personal

Widower, Shirley; two daughters, four grandchildren

Counties Served

Portions of Allen County

Thomas Wyss

State Senator - District 15

Sen. Wyss to Serve as Vice-Chair of Roads, Transportation Interim Committee

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Monday, June 23, 2014

STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2014) — During the summer and fall, State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) will serve as vice-chair of the Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation. “The condition of Indiana’s roads and highways is absolutely crucial to economic development,” Wyss said. “Reliable infrastructure allows goods and more»

Sen. Wyss Receives Perfect Score from Indiana Chamber

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

STATEHOUSE (May 28, 2014) — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce recently released its 2014 Legislative Vote Analysis, which ranks state lawmakers based on their votes for pro-jobs, pro-economy measures. State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) was one of 10 legislators to receive a perfect score. According to the Chamber, bills used in the report were more»

COLUMN: National Train Day: See Tracks? Think Train!

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Friday, April 25, 2014

Although most Americans today know the dangers associated with drunk or distracted driving, many are unaware of the risks around railroad tracks.

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Sen. Wyss Welcomes Local Students to Statehouse

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Monday, March 17, 2014

State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) recently welcomed the following students to the Statehouse to serve as Senate pages in his last legislative session as a state senator:

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Sen. Wyss’ Bill to Allow Allen County Sports, Convention Development Moves to Governor’s Desk

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Allen County would be allowed to continue its sports and convention development under legislation authored by State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne). Senate Bill 308 cleared its final passage in the General Assembly today and moves to the governor’s desk for further consideration.

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Sen. Wyss: House Approves Bill to Allow Allen County Sports, Convention Development

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Thursday, February 27, 2014

A measure authored by State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) to allow sports and convention development in Allen County passed the House of Representatives today.

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Sen. Wyss: House Approves Bill to Improve Private Bus Safety

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, February 25, 2014

State Sen. Tom Wyss’ (R-Fort Wayne) legislation to improve private bus safety passed the House of Representatives today by a 82-13 vote.

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Sen. Wyss Awarded Indiana Chiefs of Police Lifetime Service Award

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recently recognized State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) for his 28 years of service in the General Assembly at the organization’s mid-winter conference in Indianapolis.

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Sen. Wyss: Senate Approves Bill to Curb Animal Attacks, Cruelty

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A bill authored by State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) to curb dog attacks and animal cruelty passed the Indiana Senate today by a 37-11 vote.

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Sen. Wyss: Senate Approves Bill to Allow Allen County Sports, Convention Development

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A measure authored by State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) to allow sports and convention development in Allen County passed the Indiana Senate today by a unanimous vote.

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Sen. Wyss: Senate Approves Bill to Improve Private Bus Safety

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A bill authored by State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) to improve private bus safety passed the Senate today by a 33-14 vote.

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Sen. Wyss Recognized for Law Enforcement Support

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, January 29, 2013

State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) recently received the Stand Your Ground award  from the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for his support of Hoosier law enforcement.

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Sen. Wyss: Bill to Promote Thorough School Employee Background Checks Passes Senate

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Thursday, January 24, 2013

State Sen. Tom Wyss (R- Fort Wayne) today announced his legislation to protect Indiana’s schoolchildren passed in the State Senate by a vote of 47-0. Senate Bill 160 now moves to the House of Representatives for further action.

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Sen. Wyss Promotes More Thorough Background Checks for School Employees

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Thursday, January 17, 2013

State Sen. Tom Wyss (R- Fort Wayne) today announced his legislation to protect students while in school moved out of the Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law. Senate Bill 160 passed the committee Tuesday by a vote of 9-0.

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Sen. Wyss Honors Late Sen. John Sinks

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, January 15, 2013

State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) made the following statement today recognizing former Sen. John R. Sinks for his service to the State of Indiana.

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Sen. Wyss Proposes Plan to Improve Criminal Prosecution

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Thursday, January 10, 2013

State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) today announced legislation aimed at improving criminal prosecution and establishing a statewide DNA database.

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[s15] Sen. Wyss: General Assembly Kicks Off 2013 Budget Session

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) 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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[s15] Sen. Wyss Congratulates Area Schools For Outstanding Performance

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) made the following statement today praising area schools for earning ‘A’ grades in Indiana’s 2011-2012 school year performance review:

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[s15] Sen. Wyss Named ‘Legislator of the Year’ for Transportation, Logistics Advocacy

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Aviation Association of Indiana (AAI) recently recognized State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) as “Legislator of the Year” at its annual conference in Plymouth, Ind. for pro-jobs legislation he authored earlier this year.

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[s15] Sen. Wyss Appointed Vice-Chairman of National Law, Criminal Justice Committee

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Thursday, October 4, 2012

State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) has been appointed to serve as Vice-Chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Law and Criminal Justice Committee.

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[s15] Sen. Tom Wyss Praised for Voting Record

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Friday, September 28, 2012

Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) today praised State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) for his outstanding 2012 voting attendance record of 98.9 percent.

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[s15] Sen. Wyss: Tuesday is National Night Out Against Crime

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Monday, August 6, 2012

State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) encourages members of the Fort Wayne community to turn on their porch lights for the 29th annual “National Night Out Against Crime” (NNO) on Tuesday, August 7.

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[s15] Sen. Wyss: State Budget Committee to Meet at Manchester University College of Pharmacy Today

Posted by: Tracy Lytwyn  | Wednesday, July 25, 2012

State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) announced the State Budget Committee will hold its third meeting of the year to review state funding requests at Manchester University’s College of Pharmacy today.

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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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[s15] Sens. Long, Kruse, Wyss: Area Teachers Earn Grant Money for Excellence

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Thursday, April 19, 2012

State Sens. David Long (R-Fort Wayne), Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) and Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) congratulated Fort Wayne Community Schools for being awarded the “Excellence in Performance” grant by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE).

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[s15] Area Students Serve as Pages for State Sen. Tom Wyss

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Tuesday, March 13, 2012

State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) welcomed the following Fort Wayne students as Senate pages in February:

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[s15] Statement from State Sen. Tom Wyss on the Conclusion of the Legislative Session

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Saturday, March 10, 2012

“I am proud of the work my fellow lawmakers and I accomplished, and they should be proud of the initiatives we passed to ultimately better the lives of Hoosiers,” Wyss said.

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[s15] Governor Signs Bill to Stop Business Transactions with Iran

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Wednesday, March 7, 2012

"Iran has been a dangerous and aggressive force in the Middle East for decades, with stability in the region deteriorating each day,” Wyss said.

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Sen. Wyss’ Bill to Stop Business Transactions with Iran Moves to the Governor’s Desk

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sen. Tom Wyss’ (R-Fort Wayne) legislation to prevent state government agencies, educational institutions and political subdivisions from doing business with companies that invest in Iran passed out of the House today with a final vote of 95-0.

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Sen. Wyss’ Bill to Prohibit Business Transactions with Iran Passes House Committee

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Wednesday, February 15, 2012

An initiative by Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) to stop state government agencies, schools and political subdivisions from entering into contracts with other businesses investing in Iran passed unanimously today with a 9-0 vote in the House Committee on Public Policy.

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Area Students Serve as Pages for State Sen. Tom Wyss

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Friday, February 3, 2012

State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) welcomed the following area students as Senate pages in January:

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Sen. Wyss’ bill to stop business transactions with Iran passes unanimously out of committee

Posted by: Krystal Shull  | Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A bill authored by State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) designed to prohibit state government agencies, schools and political subdivisions from entering into contracts with other businesses investing in Iran passed unanimously Tuesday in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs.

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Sen. Wyss: Key Senate committee to consider establishing uniform travel alert system Tuesday

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Monday, February 7, 2011

Severe winter weather conditions recently highlighted the need for more efficient communication among local communities, state agencies, media and Hoosier residents, according to State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne).

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Wyss: Senate supports strengthening voyeurism law, bill moves to house

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Monday, January 24, 2011

Senate lawmakers voted 42-8 today to strengthen Indiana's voyeurism law by prohibiting criminals from taking inappropriate photos or video of unsuspecting Hoosiers in public places, according to State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne).

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Wyss: Senate Approves Proposal Banning

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Thursday, January 20, 2011

Senate lawmakers by a unanimous vote today approved a bill co-authored by State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) banning marijuana-like products across Indiana and creating penalties for using and selling the substances.

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Wyss: Indecent Photo Ban Garners Key Support, Moves to Full Senate

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Current law prohibits taking obscene photos of a person without his or her consent in a private place - bath, dressing room, restroom and shower - but provides no protection for public places and does not yet address the Internet. State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) wants to change that.

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Steele: Indecent Photo Ban Garners Key Support, Moves to Full Senate

Posted by: Whitney Moorman  | Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Current law prohibits taking obscene photos of a person without his or her consent in a private place - bath, dressing room, restroom and shower - but provides no protection for public places and does not yet address the Internet. State Sen. Brent Steele (R-Bedford) wants to help change that.

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Sen. Wyss: Bill encourages private investment in state's roads, bridges

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Tuesday, January 18, 2011

State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) said as Indiana and other states continue to tighten their belts on spending, partnerships with private investors can help maintain and improve roads, bridges and other needed infrastructure.

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Fort Wayne senators can help Hoosiers obtain state tax forms

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Friday, January 14, 2011

President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) said today area senators 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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Area Students Serve as Pages For State Sen. Tom Wyss

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Tuesday, January 11, 2011

State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) recently welcomed the following area students as legislative pages:

  • Samson Byus, Jr., son of Jim Perillo and a student at Maple Creek Middle School;
  • Callie and Ethan Collins, children of Joe P. Collins and students at Speedway Junior High School; and
  • Jordan Hannon, son of Sindy Hannon and a student at Speedway Junior High School.
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Senate GOP: We're ready to balance budget, consider Daniels' reforms

Posted by: Erin Reece  | 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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Wyss: Key Committee to Consider 'Upskirt' Photo Ban

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Friday, January 7, 2011

A key Senate committee will consider a proposal Tuesday by State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne) to help protect Hoosiers by making it illegal to take or distribute 'upskirt' pictures or video of a person in public. 

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Senate celebrates Fort Wayne's world-renowned choir 'Voices of Unity' earned international title as top soulful choral music group

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Thursday, January 6, 2011

For a brief time today, Statehouse gavels gave way to golden voices as legislators paid tribute to a Fort Wayne choir recently cited as the number one soulful choral group in the world.

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Senate celebrates Fort Wayne's world-renowned choir 'Voices of Unity' earned international title as top soulful choral music group

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Thursday, January 6, 2011

For a brief time today, Statehouse gavels gave way to golden voices as legislators paid tribute to a Fort Wayne choir recently cited as the number one soulful choral group in the world.

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[s14] Senate Honors Fort Wayne Football Coaches for Victories On and Off the Field

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Thursday, January 14, 2010

Members of the Indiana Senate honored two retiring Fort Wayne football coaches today for victories that stretched far beyond the end zones of their respective schools

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[s15] Senate Honors Fort Wayne Football Coaches for Victories On and Off the Field

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Thursday, January 14, 2010

Members of the Indiana Senate honored two retiring Fort Wayne football coaches today for victories that stretched far beyond the end zones of their respective schools.

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[s16] Senate Honors Fort Wayne Football Coaches for Victories On and Off the Field

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Thursday, January 14, 2010

Members of the Indiana Senate honored two retiring Fort Wayne football coaches today for victories that stretched far beyond the end zones of their respective schools

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[s15] Elections committee approves bill creating guidelines for drawing legislative districts

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Monday, January 11, 2010

Members of the Senate Committee on Elections today took the first step toward redistricting reform in Indiana by approving legislation establishing in law, objective guidelines the state would follow in creating legislative boundaries after the 2010 census.

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[s15] Wyss: Fatal Crash Involving Habitual Drunk Driver Prompts Bill on Tighter Monitoring of Offenders

Posted by: Erin Reece  | Thursday, January 7, 2010

A fatal Allen County crash involving a former habitual traffic offender in late November inspired legislation filed this week by State Sen. Tom Wyss (R-Fort Wayne).

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