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[r29] Column: Indiana now and then, the governor’s office
Start Date: 1/14/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/14/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Indiana now and then, the governor’s office

After eight years of dutiful service, Governor Mitch Daniels’ term as our state’s 49th governor will conclude on Monday. His time serving the public, spanning much of his life, and devotion to Indiana deserves the highest regard. While on Governor Daniels’ watch, Indiana has not stood idly by, taking critical steps to address areas of real concern. A “freight train” of change came with his election, as coined by Governor Daniels; change that put Indiana on the map again for the right reasons: economic growth, gains in academic testing and fiscal integrity.  
 
Brian Howey, the publisher of Howey Indiana Politics, described Governor Daniels’ tenure as:
 
“Whether you regard him as a hero or adversary, few Hoosiers will argue the notion that his eight years at the Indiana Statehouse have been impactful and have altered the trajectory of the state at a time when just about everything is changing on a global scale.”
 
I could not agree more as Indiana has stepped into the nation’s limelight for the progress made. The Hoosier state is a more hospitable place to start a family, work and attend school. Our community has grown tremendously over the past decade and been labeled as one of the best places to live in the country. I am excited to continue to see our community expand and become a desired destination for Hoosiers and tourists.  
 
Many of the governor's goals ran parallel to what the General Assembly had been working on for years.  It was a team effort between the House, Senate and governor’s office to make the goals a reality.  As I have mentioned many times, we are the envy of other states and have led the way in many of these initiatives.  
 
I look forward to following Governor Daniels as he takes his hard work and dedication to Purdue University.  I look for him to not only be a leader of a great university but a leader in the challenges that higher education faces.  
 
In looking ahead, Governor-elect Mike Pence’s impact in making Indiana what it is today is well known and reason for his election. I know he will continue the diligent work and progress made by the Daniels’ administration to keep Indiana ahead of the curve and moving forward. Under his leadership, a new direction will be set and a new path forged; an opportunity I feel humbled to be a part of in the General Assembly.  
 
Governor-elect Pence’s inauguration will be this Monday on the west side of the Indiana Statehouse. Music will be played by the Indiana National Guard 38th Infantry Band beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the swearing-in ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. The oath of office will be administered by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson, who will also swear in Rep. Ellspermann as the lieutenant governor and Greg Zoeller as the attorney general.  Special interest to those of us from Hamilton County, Doug Carter will also be sworn in at a separate ceremony on Monday as he officially begins his duties as Superintendent of the State Police.
 
I looked forward to attending the inaugural events as Indiana witnesses a changing of the state’s highest office holders. Both Governor Daniels and Governor-elect Pence are inspirational leaders for our state who bring true Hoosier values to elected office.  

Last week, we completed the first week of the session with committee meetings and bill filings.  As Indiana embraces its leadership change, I will keep you up to date on all of the proceedings at the Statehouse. Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at (317) 232-9647 or via email at h29@in.gov if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Stay tuned!

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State Representative Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville)
Contact Information:
Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: 3172329831
Email: ngoodwin@iga.in.gov
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