Senators

Chris Garten

Contact Information

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

Legislative Assistant:
Emma Garelick
Phone: 317-232-9840
Email: Emma.Garelick@iga.in.gov

Media Contact:
Kellyn Harrison
Phone: 317-232-9498
Email: Kellyn.Harrison@iga.in.gov

Chris Garten

Majority Floor Leader

State Senator - District 45


Elected

Indiana State Senate, 2018 - Present 

Political Affiliation

Republican

Standing Committees

Joint Rules, Chair
Public Policy, Ranking Member
Appropriations
Environmental Affairs
Homeland Security and Transportation
Veterans Affairs and the Military

Education

Scottsburg High School
Indiana University Southeast

Activities

• Scott County Chamber of Commerce, Vice-President
• One Southern Indiana Advocacy Council, Board Member
• Building & Development Association of Southern Indiana, Board Member
• Indiana Builders Association, Board Member
• Indiana Farm Bureau, Member
• Scott County Public Defender, Board Member
• National Federation of Independent Business, Member
• Marine Corps League, Member
• Indiana Sheriffs Association Benefactor
• American Legion, Member
• Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Life Member
• National Rifle Association (NRA), Life Member
• Scottsburg Kiwanis Club
• Youth Baseball Coach (multiple organizations and ages)
• Youth Basketball Coach (multiple organizations and ages)

Military

Gunnery Sergeant, United States Marine Corps
Two tours in Iraq

Honors

• “James W. Robinson Young Professional of Year” 2017 Presented by One Southern Indiana

• “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” Awarded by the Indiana Southeast Business Development Center

• “Highest Award for Achievement” Awarded by the Dale Carnegie Leadership Course

• “20 Under 40” Awarded by Southern Indiana Business Source

• “Small Business of the Year” 2014 & 2016 Awarded by Scott County Chamber of Commerce

Occupation

Founder and President of Signature Countertops, Inc.

Religious Affiliation

Northside Christian Church

Personal

Married: Beth
Children: Hayden, Hudson, and Greyson

Counties Served

Clark County and portions of Floyd County

Chris Garten

Majority Floor Leader

State Senator - District 45

Garten: General Assembly kicks off 2023 session

State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown) today gathered with fellow legislators at the Statehouse for Organization Day – the ceremonial start of the 123rd Indiana General Assembly. more »

Senate Republicans announce leadership team for 123rd General Assembly

The Indiana Senate Majority Caucus met today in Indianapolis to elect its leadership team for the 123rd General Assembly. more »

Garten: Indiana Senate Republicans offering paid internships

The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid spring-semester internships in its communications, information technology, legal, legislative, page and policy offices during the 2023 session of the Indiana General Assembly, said State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown). more »

State Sen. Chris Garten to vice chair Administrative Rules Task Force

State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown) will serve as vice chair of the Administrative Rules Review Task Force in preparation for the 2023 legislative session. more »

Bray appoints State Sen. Chris Garten Senate Majority Floor Leader

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 17, 2022) — Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) today announced he has appointed State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown) Majority Floor Leader of the Senate Majority Caucus. more »

Garten: $18 million in rural broadband grants awarded locally

STATEHOUSE (April 21, 2022) — Rural broadband projects in Senate District 45 will receive a total of $18,420,905.87 to improve broadband connectivity through the third round of the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program, said State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown). more »

Garten: Communities in Senate District 45 receive more than $4 million in road-funding grants

STATEHOUSE (April 20, 2022) — Communities in Senate District 45 will receive more than $4 million to improve roads and bridges through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program (CCMG), said State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown). more »

Garten: Local farms honored at the Statehouse

STATEHOUSE (April 5, 2022) – Area legislators today announced the latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. more »

Sen. Garten welcomes local students to Statehouse

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 9, 2022) – State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown) welcomed the following local students to the Statehouse who served as Senate pages in January. more »

Garten: General Assembly kicks off 2022 session

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 16, 2021) — State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charleston) gathered with fellow legislators today at the Statehouse for Organization Day – the ceremonial start of the Indiana General Assembly. more »

Veterans are receiving increased funds through SEA 316

In the 2021 session, I championed Senate Enrolled Act 316, which has allowed more military families to receive grants through the Military Family Relief Fund (MFRF) by expanding the number of veterans who are eligible for the Fund. more »

Indiana Senate Republicans urge IU to rescind mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy

Members of the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus today sent a letter to Indiana University President Michael McRobbie urging the University to reconsider and rescind the policy mandating all students and staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine. more »

Bill to improve local government accountability passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown) that would establish an appeals process for Hoosiers to contest local health orders issued during a state-declared emergency passed the Senate today. more »

Garten appointed to key Senate committees

State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown) has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) to serve in numerous key leadership roles during the 122nd Indiana General Assembly. more »

Communities in Senate District 45 receive more than $6.5 million in road-funding grants

Communities in Senate District 45 will receive more than $6.5 million to improve roads and bridges through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program, said State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown). more »

State Sen. Chris Garten named Assistant Caucus Chair

State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown) was recently appointed Assistant Majority Caucus Chair by Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville). more »

Garten: Local farms honored with Hoosier Homestead Award

Area legislators recently announced the latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. more »

Garten: Applications available for Indiana Senate Page Program

Garten: Applications available for Indiana Senate Page Program

The Indiana Senate is now accepting applications for the 2020 Senate Page Program. more »

Garten: General Assembly kicks off 2020 session

State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown) gathered with fellow legislators yesterday at the Statehouse for Organization Day – the ceremonial start of the Indiana General Assembly. more »

Dale Crafton Receives State’s Highest Honor

Dale Crafton Receives State’s Highest Honor

State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown), along with Gov. Eric Holcomb, presented Hanover resident Dale Crafton with a Sagamore of the Wabash Award in the governor’s office Monday, Oct. 21. more »

Garten: Communities in Senate District 45 receive nearly $3.9 million in road-funding grants

Communities in Senate District 45 will receive nearly $3.9 million to improve roads and bridges through the Community Crossings Matching Grant Program (CCMG), said State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown). more »

Local farms honored at State Fair

Area legislators today announced the latest recipients of the Hoosier Homestead Award, which recognizes farms that have been owned and maintained by the same family for 100 years or more. more »

Statement from State Sen. Chris Garten

State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown) made the following statement today on the governor’s announcement of rural broadband grant recipients more »

Garten joins Gov. Holcomb for ceremonial bill signing

Garten joins Gov. Holcomb for ceremonial bill signing

State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown) joins Gov. Eric Holcomb, State Rep. Ed Clere (R-New Albany), River Ridge Executive Director Jerry Acy and One Southern Indiana CEO Wendy Chesser at the Statehouse Thursday, June 27, for the ceremonial signing of legislation Garten authored during his first session. more »

State Sen. Chris Garten to host town hall meeting

State Sen. Chris Garten (R-Charlestown) will host a town hall meeting with State Sen. Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville) from 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Clarksville Branch of the Jeffersonville Township Public Library to discuss the 2019 legislative session. more »

Chris Garten

State Senator - District 45

2022 Summary of New Laws - Sen. Garten

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State Senator - District 45

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