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Local lawmakers receive grades

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce handed out scores Tuesday to all 150 state legislators for their voting records on pro-economy, pro-jobs legislation during the 2013 General Assembly.

The numbers, released in the organization's annual Legislative Vote Analysis, also contain a two-year total for each legislator.

The 2013 scores ranged from 44 percent to 100 percent. GOP House Speaker Brian Bosma, who votes at his discretion and therefore was scored on fewer bills, was the lone perfect mark. The highest full-time voting record for 2013 was Rep. Ed Clere,R-New Albany, at 97 percent. The top senator was Joe Zakas, R-Granger, at 87 percent.

Here is how the legislators representing Northeast Indiana fared:

  • Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne - 2013: 84 percent; two-year average: 84 percent.
  • Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne - 2013: 59 percent; two-year average: 58 percent.
  • Rep. Kathy Heuer, R-Columbia City - 2013: 89 percent; two-year average: 94 percent.
  • Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, R-Syracuse - 2013: 94 percent; two-year average: 95 percent.
  • Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne - 2013: 84 percent; two-year average: 86 percent.
  • Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington – 2013: 86 percent; two-year average: 89 percent.
  • Rep. Robert Morris, R-Fort Wayne 2013: 86 percent; two-year average: 89 percent.
  • Rep. David Ober, R-Albion – 2013: 78 percent; two-year average: 7 percent.
  • Rep. Phyllis Pond, R-New Haven - 2013: 95 percent; two-year average: 97 percent.
  • Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn - 2013: 86 percent; two-year average: 86 percent.
  • Rep. David Wolkins, R-Winona Lake - 2013: 74 percent; two-year-average: 82 percent.
  • Rep. Dennis Zent, R-Angola - 2013: 86 percent; two-year average: 86 percent.
  • Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City - 2013: 74 percent; two-year average: 80 percent.
  • Sen. Sue Glick, R-LaGrange - 2013: 77 percent; two-year average: 80 percent.
  • Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle - 2013 - 86 percent; two-year average: 87 percent.
  • Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn – 2013: 82 percent; two-year average: 84 percent.
  • Sen. David Long, R-Fort Wayne – 2013: 86 percent; two-year average: 89 percent.
  • Sen. Thomas Wyss, R-Fort Wayne – 2013: 86 percent; two-year average: 90 percent.

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