Political Notebook


Youngest lawmaker not fazed


The hazing has been limited against Rep. David Ober, R-Albion -- the youngest-serving lawmaker in the Indiana General Assembly right now.

Ober's youthful face is hard to miss on the Indiana House floor. At age 25, he often looks more like an intern than a state rep. Perhaps that's why he has been seen sporting a bow tie of late.

He said he has had a few coffee orders from colleagues, but everyone has been generally pleasant and welcoming.

Ober is nowhere near the youngest ever to serve. It appears that distinction belongs to Fort Wayne's Mitch Harper, who was just 22 when he was elected to the Indiana House in 1978.

Auburn's Dean Kruse was 25 when elected to the Indiana Senate back in 1967.

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