Rep. Battles Resigns From Indiana House Of Representatives

Rep. Kreg Battles, D-Vincennes, was recently nominated for a fifth term in this month's primary.

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Photo: Indiana House Democratic Caucus

Kreg Battles, D-Vincennes, resigned from the Indiana House Friday,

Rep. Kreg Battles, D-Vincennes, has resigned and will not seek re-election, ten days after being nominated for a fifth term.

He has been a House Representative since 2006. First in House District 64, and currently in District 45.

Battles just won an uncontested primary election for his seat, which would have set up a fall election against former Rep. Bruce Borders, R-Jasonville.

Battles had the second-narrowest victory of any state representative in 2012 when he defeated Borders by 75 votes in an incumbent-versus-incumbent contest created by redistricting.

But Battles says the rematch did not affect his decision.

“In my past life, I coached for 27 years,” he says. “No one likes to lose, but believe me after coaching for 27 years, I’ve had my share of loses and you learn to deal with that.”

Instead, he says he wants to spend more time with his five grandsons, who are all under six years old.

“When you become a legislator, you lose a little piece of your life,” Battles says. “You do that by choice. I have done that unregretful, but I need that time with my family. I want that time with my family, particularly with the grandkids.”

Battles says he decided not to run just days before the primary, but he and Democratic Party leaders chose to keep his name on the ballot to avoid confusion.

Democratic precinct leaders in the district‘s five counties will choose someone to fill Battles’ spot on the ballot and the remaining six months of Battles’ term. A new representative will be in place in time for next month’s one-day session to fix drafting errors in two bills.

Battles is a chemistry teacher and is known for his work on education issues.

His resignation is effective immediately.

Network Indiana contributed to this story.

Jimmy Jenkins

Jimmy Jenkins is a multimedia journalist for WFIU and WTIU news. A native of Terre Haute, he is a masters student at the Indiana University School of Journalism and is proud to be a part of the public broadcasting stations he listened to and watched since he was a child. Follow him on Twitter @newsjunkyjimmy.

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  • Bob Eckert

    Another warrior against the Republican apocalypse gives up and surrenders….

  • Jason Burke

    Moderate Democrats are done, moderate Republicans are done. All that is left now, are extreme factions. The far left, is no better than the far right.

  • Bob Eckert

    Oh yes they are, the far left are intelligent and the far right are stupid.

  • Jason Burke

    Extreme is stupid. It’s why nothing is getting done. 5 local businesses have gone out of business this year alone. Real bang-up job guys. (both parties).

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