Portland Republican Bill Davis has served in the Indiana House for nine years.
He’s spent the last few years as chairman of the House Public Policy committee, which regularly hears legislation dealing with abortion, alcohol, gaming and gun laws.
Davis is leaving his seat to become director of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann oversees the agency. She says she’s excited to bring Davis aboard because of his experience in rural community and economic development.
Davis says his time both in the legislature and in the private sector will help him continue the work his new agency is already doing.
“Help rural Indiana build capacity and make themselves more available and more ready for economic opportunities,” he says.
A date has not been set for a local caucus to replace Davis in the legislature.