Wednesday, November 23, 2022
On Tuesday, Nov. 22, lawmakers met at the Statehouse for Organization Day – the ceremonial start of the 123rd Indiana General Assembly.
Organization Day marks the annual first roll call of all state lawmakers and gives each Senate and House of Representatives caucus the opportunity to organize in preparation for the 2023 legislative session. The day also includes the swearing-in of new and returning members of the General Assembly.
This year, Senate Republicans welcomed four new members to the caucus.
State Senator Scott Alexander was sworn in as the state senator for Senate District 26. A lifelong resident of Delaware County and Hoosier Homestead recipient, Alexander lives with his wife and two children in Eaton, where he is the owner and operator of Alexander & Company Real Estate Appraisers Inc.
State Senator Spencer Deery was sworn in as the state senator for Senate District 23. Deery lives with his wife and three children in West Lafayette where he works at Purdue University as the deputy chief of staff and communications and public policy advisor to Purdue University President Mitch Daniels. Prior to his tenure at Purdue, Deery served as a communications and public policy research aide at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C.
State Senator Dan Dernulc was sworn in as the state senator for Senate District 1. Dernulc lives with his wife, with whom he has raised four children and three grandchildren, in Highland, where he previously served on the Highland Town Council, the Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission and the Lake County Council. A graduate of Purdue University Northwest (formerly Purdue University Calumet) with a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, Dernulc is the project manager in corporate security at AT&T.
State Senator Dr. Tyler Johnson was sworn in as the state senator for Senate District 14. Dr. Johnson lives with his wife and four children in Leo where he has acquired years of experience as an emergency room physician. He is a graduate of Leo High School and the University of Saint Francis.
All lawmakers expect to return to the Statehouse for session on Jan. 9, when they will begin crafting a balanced budget to fund government services for the next two years, as well as consider other legislation to continue to improve our great state.