The Journal Gazette
Sunday, December 23, 2018 1:00 am

State lawmakers receive committee assignments

BRIAN FRANCISCO and NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

Indiana House and Senate leaders have handed out committee assignments for the 2019 legislative session.

Assignments for lawmakers representing northeast Indiana include:

Rep. Dave Abbott, R-Rome City: Employment, Labor and Pensions; Government and Regulatory Reform; Natural Resources.

Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne: Chair of Insurance; Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development; Employment, Labor and Pensions.

Rep. Phil GiaQunta, D-Fort Wayne: House Democratic Leader; Committee on Joint Rules.

Rep. Dave Heine, R-Fort Wayne: Agriculture and Rural Development; Financial Institutions; Ways and Means.

Rep. Chris Judy, R-Fort Wayne: Elections and Apportionment; Insurance; Veterans Affairs and Public Safety.

Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne: Financial Institutions; Insurance; Public Policy.

Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington: Chair of Rules and Legislative Procedures; Employment, Labor and Pensions; Judiciary; Ways and Means.

Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne: Chair of Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development; Employment, Labor and Pensions; Roads and Transportation.

Rep. Curt Nisly, R-Goshen: Government and Regulatory Reform; Select Committee on Government Reduction.

Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn: Chair of Public Policy; Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development; Roads and Transportation; Rules and Legislative Procedures.

Rep. Dave Wolkins, R-Warsaw: Chair of Environmental Affairs; Natural Resources; Select Committee on Government Reduction.

Rep. Denny Zent, R-Angola: Chair of Local Government; Public Health; Veterans Affairs and Public Safety.

Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne: Appropriations; Ethics; Health and Provider Services.

Sen. Justin Busch, R-Fort Wayne: Agriculture; Corrections and Criminal Law; Health and Provider Services; Natural Resources.

Sen. Sue Glick, R-LaGrange: Chair of Natural Resources; Agriculture; Corrections and Criminal Law; Judiciary.

Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle: Chair of Tax and Fiscal Policy; Appropriations; Rules and Legislative Procedures.

Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn: Education; Pensions and Labor; Rules and Legislative Procedures.

Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington: Commerce and Technology; Environmental Affairs; Insurance and Financial Institutions; Utilities.

New digs

For anyone planning on visiting or writing their congressman, U.S. Rep. Jim Banks has a new address on Capitol Hill.

In a lottery among 35 soon-to-be second-term members of the House, Banks, R-3rd, drew the first pick for available offices. And so he and his staff recently moved from the Cannon House Office Building, which is being renovated, to the nearby Longworth HOB. 

His new address is 1713 Longworth HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515.

Banks' staff said the Longworth office suite includes a small conference room, which his Cannon office lacked. The building's basement has a Dunkin' Donuts, no doubt a welcome amenity for coffee lover Banks.

There have been no signs of mice in Longworth, his staff said. They were spotted in 2017 in his Cannon office, and Banks once tweeted a photo of him holding a trap with a dead mouse hanging from it.

His staff said they killed a half-dozen mice in the past two years and chased another out the office and into the hallway.

Banks wound up with his Cannon office after drawing the 44th selection out of 50 in a 2016 office lottery among incoming freshman lawmakers.

Seeking re-election

The mayor of Warsaw will seek a third term next year.

Joe Thallemer, who was first elected in 2011, announced his intention to run for re-election Thursday.

“We are proud of our track record of serving our community members and keeping our promises,” Thallemer said in a statement. “We will continue to do what is good for Warsaw and focus on moving our entire community forward.”

Thallemer said he is “committed to continuing work on projects that are good for Warsaw,” with focus on growth, fiscal responsibility and improvements to citizens' daily lives.

“I will work harder than ever to continue to earn the confidence and support that I have received for the past seven years,” he said. “In my next term, I will work even more diligently to serve the community that I love. I've invested my heart and soul into serving Warsaw and am committed to continuing that good work.”

The earliest Thallemer can file paperwork declaring his candidacy is Jan. 9.

Dave Gong of The Journal Gazette contributed to this column.

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