The national publication, which covers state and local government issues, named Gregg for the prestigious honor, along with 10 other governmental leaders from around the country. Also on that list was Vermont Gov. Howard Dean for his role in creating a comprehensive system of medical coverage for children.
The magazine recognized Gregg for creating "a bipartisan alliance that led to enactment of a comprehensive tax reform law at a time when states all over the country were refusing to consider one."
"It is a great honor to be recognized for my work as Speaker of the House," Gregg said. "This past year has been a difficult one for members of the (Indiana) General Assembly. Yet, we were able to come together and make historic, positive changes in the state's tax structure. We cut property taxes and eliminated the inventory tax. These have been two of my personal goals since the day I entered the House chamber to represent District 45. I am proud of our House members for putting aside their partisan differences to do what was best for the state of Indiana. The fruits of their courage will be evidenced for generations."
Speaker Gregg also thanked the people of District 45 for the privilege of serving them over the years. He said it was through their confidence in him and support for his efforts that allowed him to make the legislative accomplishments that he is being honored for by this nationally renowned publication.
Gregg and the other award winners will be profiled in the November issue of Governing Magazine. On Nov. 21, they will be honored at a dinner in Washington, D.C.