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Bray selected for Pro Tem, announces committee chairmanships

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 9, 2018) – State Sen. Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) was recently selected by his peers as the next Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore. Bray has appointed State Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper) as Majority Floor Leader, and State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) was elected Majority Caucus Chair by the Indiana Senate Republicans.

In accordance with Senate rules, the Senate Democrat caucus will also weigh in on Bray’s selection during the legislature’s official Organization Day on Nov. 20. The minority caucus has traditionally supported the choice of the majority members.

Additionally, Bray today announced the Senate Standing Committee chairmanships for the 2019-2020 Indiana General Assembly.

“My fellow caucus members and I are well-positioned to take on the challenges before our state,” Bray said. “Much of the heavy lifting is done at the committee level, and I am confident that these individuals will lead with knowledge, integrity and hard work.”

2019-2020 Senate Committee Chairmanships are as follows:
Senate Committee on Agriculture – Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg)
Senate Committee on Appropriations – Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen)
Senate Committee on Commerce and Technology – Sen. Chip Perfect (R-Lawrenceburg)*
Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law – Sen. Mike Young (R-Indianapolis)
Senate Committee on Education and Career Development – Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Centerville)*
Senate Committee on Elections – Sen. Greg Walker (R-Columbus)
Senate Committee on Environmental Affairs – Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper)*
Senate Committee on Ethics – Sen. Liz Brown (R-Fort Wayne)
Senate Committee on Family and Children Services – Sen. Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville)
Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services – Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso)
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Transportation – Sen. Mike Crider (R-Greenfield)
Senate Committee on Insurance and Financial Institutions – Sen. Eric Bassler (R-Washington)*
Senate Committee on Joint Rules – Sen. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper)*
Senate Committee on Judiciary – Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport)*
Senate Committee on Local Government – Sen. Jim Buck (R-Kokomo)
Senate Committee on Natural Resources – Sen. Sue Glick (R-LaGrange)
Senate Committee on Pensions and Labor – Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville)
Senate Committee on Public Policy – Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette)
Senate Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure – Sen. Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville)*
Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy – Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle)
Senate Committee on Utilities – Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis)
Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Military – Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville)*

* Denotes new chair

The Majority Caucus also welcomed the following new Senators:

State Sen. Justin Busch (R-Fort Wayne), Senate District 16
State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown), Senate District 45
State Sen. Mike Gaskill (R-Pendleton), Senate District 26
State Sen. Linda Rogers (R-Granger), Senate District 11


NOTE: The Senate Committee on Civil Law has been discontinued.

For a high-resolution photo of Sen. Bray, click here