Senators

Jim Merritt

Contact Information

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

Legislative Assistant:
Jordan Rose
Phone: 317-232-9533

Media Contact:
Lauren Beatty
Phone: 317-234-9221

Jim Merritt

Majority Caucus Chair

State Senator - District 31


Elected

Indiana State Senate, 1990 - Present

Political Affiliation

Republican

Standing Committees

Utilities, Chair
Commerce & Technology, Ranking Member
Homeland Security & Transportation
Joint Rules
Public Policy
Rules & Legislative Procedure
Veterans Affairs & the Military

Education

Indiana University (B.A.) Political Science, 1981

Activities

Indiana Historical Society, Board of Trustees
Member, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce
Member, Association of Indiana Museums
Member, Board of Directors, Friends of the Indiana Archives
Member, Indianapolis Museum of Art Government Relations Committee
Author, Passing the Torch: Preserving Indiana's Heritage
Founder, Reaching Parents in Crisis Task Force

Honors

Ranked Most Pro-Job Indiana Senator, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2011
Legislator of the Year, National Republican Legislators Association, 2001
Youth Advocacy Award, Association of Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, 1996
Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments, 1994
Program for Emerging Leaders, Darden School of Business Administration, University of Virginia,
1994
Highest Award for Achievement, Dale Carnegie Course, 1990
Lawrence Township Republican of the Year, 1987 

Religious Affiliation

Presbyterian

Personal

Married: Kelley; two daughters, one son

Counties Served

Portions of Hamilton and Marion counties

Jim Merritt

Majority Caucus Chair

State Senator - District 31

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Merritt Announces 2018 Medical Industry Bills

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) today announced bills he plans to author for the 2018 legislative session. more »

Statement from State Sen. Jim Merritt Regarding Gov. Holcomb's Agenda Announcement

Indiana State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today regarding Gov. Holcomb’s 2018 agenda announcement: more »

Statement from State Sen. Jim Merritt regarding President Trump’s opioid epidemic announcement

Indiana State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today regarding President Trump’s opioid epidemic announcement. more »

Sen. Merritt Meets with Briezy’s Bunch CEO and CFO for Epilepsy Advocacy Efforts

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) recently met with Briezy’s Bunch CFO Justin Krowel and Briezy’s Bunch CEO April Krowel, to discuss issues affecting individuals with epilepsy in Indiana, like the rising costs of necessary life-saving medications. more »

Merritt Announces 2018 Law Enforcement Bills

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) today announced bills he plans to author for the 2018 legislative session to help law enforcement work effectively, protect officers and help reduce violent crime. more »

MEDIA ADVISORY: Merritt to Discuss 2018 Law Enforcement Bills

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) will hold a press conference Tuesday, Oct. 10, to discuss bills he is authoring for the 2018 legislative session to help those in law enforcement work effectively, protect officers and help reduce violent crime. more »

Merritt Greets Chinese Delegation

MERRITT GREETS CHINESE DELEGATION: State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) presents a gift from the State of Indiana to Yu Chunxiao, Deputy Administrator for the National Railway Administration and the Chinese Delegation Lead, during the China Freight Rail Operations Reverse Trade Mission. more »

Merritt Receives Friend of Children Award

MERRITT RECEIVES FRIEND OF CHILDREN AWARD: Executive Director of the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy (IARCA) Cathy Graham (right) awards State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis, left) the Friend of Children Award at the IARCA’s fall conference Wednesday, Sept. 20. Merritt received the award for the work he has done to protect children, including authoring the Lifeline Law and Safe Haven Law as well as sponsoring the “Kids First” License Plate fund. more »

Merritt Volunteers at Ice Cream Social

MERRITT VOLUNTEERS AT ICE CREAM SOCIAL: State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) volunteers as a celebrity scooper for the 28th annual Ice Cream Social on the Circle along with Indianapolis Colts mascot Blue. The ice cream social is hosted by the American Dairy Association and all proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. more »

Merritt Joins Gov. Holcomb for Signing of Opioid Bills

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) joins Gov. Eric Holcomb for the signing ceremony of Senate Enrolled Act 226, House Enrolled Act 1438, and House Enrolled Act 1540 on June 28, at the Richmond State Hospital. more »

Statement from State Sen. Jim Merritt

STATE HOUSE (June 5, 2017) – “I am grateful for Gov. Holcomb not only supporting our fight against the heroin epidemic that is plaguing our communities, but being a true advocate and champion of this issue. more »

Merritt Drops Off Donations For Julian Center Food Pantry

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) drops off donations collected by the Indiana General Assembly senators, representatives, staff and interns for the Julian Center Food Pantry. more »

Merritt: Drug Take Back Day is April 29

STATE HOUSE (April 28, 2017) – National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 29, State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) announced. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to curb prescription drug abuse by setting up drug disposal sites nationwide. more »

Senate Republicans Conclude 2017 Session with Passage of Key Priorities

STATEHOUSE (April 22, 2017) ― The Indiana Senate concluded the 2017 legislative session today, completing work on a variety of key legislative priorities. “I applaud the Senate’s efforts to deliver on the priorities we laid out at the beginning of this session,” Long said. more »

State Legislators Working Together To Stop Opioid Epidemic

STATEHOUSE (March 17, 2017) - State legislators met with LaPorte County Commissioner Dr. Vidya Kora and members of the Swanson Center today to discuss the possible development of a regional opioid treatment center located in LaPorte County. more »

Merritt: Bills To Address Indiana’s Drug Epidemic Moving Through The State House

STATE HOUSE (March 3, 2017) – The legislature has reached the halfway point, and Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) has authored many important bills dealing with the drug epidemic in Indiana. The following bills will now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration: more »

Jim Merritt

State Senator - District 31

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2017 Summary of New Laws - Sen. Merritt

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Jim Merritt

State Senator - District 31

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