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
Email: Lauren.Beatty@iga.in.gov

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

Counties Served

Portions of Hamilton and Marion counties

Jim Merritt

Majority Caucus Chair

State Senator - District 31

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Alting to present at SURF Center 25-Year Celebration

State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) will speak at the Service, Unity, Recovery, Fellowship (SURF) Center 25-Year Celebration Open House Sunday, Sept. 30, beginning at 3:30 p.m. more »

Statement from State Sen. Jim Merritt regarding today’s meeting of the Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement regarding today’s meeting of the Interim Study Committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services: more »

Sen. Merritt: Majority of Indiana county coroners enrolled in toxicology reporting program

The majority of Indiana’s 92 county coroners are enrolled in the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) toxicology reporting program, State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) announced today. more »

Sen. Merritt: Walgreens Expands Safe Medication Disposal Kiosks Throughout Indiana

Today, State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) joined Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement Jim McClelland, State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) and Walgreens Regional Healthcare Director Alexandra Broadus at the Walgreens store at 16th and Meridian Streets, where Walgreens announced its expansion of safe medication disposal kiosks throughout Indiana. more »

Statement from State Sen. Jim Merritt Regarding the newborn baby safely surrendered to the Decatur Township Fire Station under the Safe Haven Law

Indiana State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today regarding the newborn baby safely surrendered to the Decatur Township Fire Station under the Safe Haven Law: more »

Merritt: Safe Haven Law Saves Another Infant’s Life

Another baby was discovered April 8 in the Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department’s Safe Haven Baby Box in LaPorte County, said State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis). more »

Statement from State Sen. Jim Merritt

Indiana State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) made the following statement today regarding Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Dr. Jennifer Walthall and Indiana Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement Jim McClelland’s announcement of the partnership between OpenBeds software and Indiana 2-1-1. more »

Sen. Merritt: Aligning Federal Health Regulations to Improve Care for Those Addicted

A resolution calling for the alignment of federal regulations to improve care coordination for individuals struggling with addiction passed out of the Senate today, said State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis). more »

Merritt Authors Measure to Prepare Marion County for Vote Centers

House Bill 1383, which changes various election law matters, today passed the Senate by a vote of 42-7, said State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis). more »

Merritt Honors Fishers High School We the People Team

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) honors the Fishers High School We the People team with a special resolution Thursday, Feb. 22, during session. more »

Merritt to Honor Fishers High School Students in the Senate Thursday

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) will honor the Fishers High School We the People team with a special resolution Thursday, Feb. 22, at 1:30 p.m. during session. more »

Sen. Merritt: Underground Utility Safety Bill Passes Senate

Senate Bill 125, authored by State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), passed out of the Indiana Senate by a vote of 47-1 today. more »

Statement from State Sen. Jim Merritt regarding Gov. Holcomb’s Healthy Indiana Plan announcement

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

Sen. Merritt: Underground Utility Safety Compliance Bill Passes Committee

Senate Bill 125, authored by State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis), passed out of the Senate Committee on Utilities by a vote of 9-0 today. more »

Merritt Presents Bill to Require Drug Manufacturers to Finance Take-Back Programs

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) today presented Senate Bill 338 in the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services. more »

Sen. Merritt: Bill for Investigation of Overdose Deaths Passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) that would require county coroners to further investigate suspected overdose deaths passed the Senate today by a vote of 47-2. more »

MEDIA ADVISORY: Merritt Hosts Forum Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) and the Carmel Interfaith Alliance will host a forum addressing the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic Saturday, Jan. 6 at Carmel Christian Church. more »

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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Jim Merritt

State Senator - District 31

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