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Republicans Hold Largest House Majority Since 1970s

Republicans won 69 seats in Indiana's House of Representatives during this week's election.

House Republican members with Brian Bosma

Photo: Brandon Smith/IPBS

Republican House members stand with Speaker of the House Brian Bosma as he explains the GOP's plan for the upcoming legislative session.

Apart from those who retired prior to this election cycle, Indiana House Republican leadership will remain mostly the same after the new 69-member caucus voted Wednesday. Speaker Brian Bosma says his caucus’ style of governing will not change either.

Neither party has enjoyed a majority this large since the early 70s and more than half of the caucus has fewer than four years’ experience. But House Speaker Brian Bosma says keeping him in his post, Macy Representative Bill Friend as floor leader and Noblesville Representative Kathy Richardson as caucus chair will help ensure the caucus functions effectively.

“Nothing’s going to change.  I’ve had this conversation with several people; my conduct will be the same as it was when I was a leader of a caucus of 47 and as the leader of a caucus of 60,” Bosma says.

Anderson Democratic Senator Tim Lanane, who Wednesday was voted leader of the Senate’s minority caucus, has experience dealing with a quorum-proof majority in his chamber and says super majorities can be dangerous.

“The responsibility on the minorities under those circumstances. It really rises to make sure that the public hears all sides of a debate,” Lanane says.

House Democrats are expected to vote on their new leader Thursday. Fort Wayne Republican David Long will remain Senate President Pro Tem.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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