Chris Garten

Contact Information

200 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 800-382-9467
or 317-232-9400

Legislative Assistant:
Samuel Charron
Phone: 317-232-9490

Media Contact:
Ryan Kommes
Phone: 317-234-9133

Chris Garten

State Senator - District 45


Indiana State Senate, 2018 - Present 

Political Affiliation


Standing Committees

Commerce and Technology
Homeland Security and Transportation
Pensions and Labor
Veterans Affairs and the Military


Scottsburg High School
Indiana University Southeast


• 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)


Gunnery Sergeant, United States Marine Corps
Two tours in Iraq


• “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


Founder and President of Signature Countertops, Inc.

Religious Affiliation

Northside Christian Church


Married: Beth
Children: Hayden, Hudson, and Greyson

Counties Served

Jefferson County, Scott County, Switzerland County and portions of Clark and Jackson counties

Chris Garten

State Senator - District 45

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

2020 Summary of New Laws - Sen. Garten

2020 Summary of New Laws - Sen. GartenDownload

Chris Garten

State Senator - District 45

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