The bill passed unanimously but is expected to face greater obstacles when it is heard on the House floor.
Republicans charged Democrats thousands of dollars each in fines for walking out of the House of Representatives in 2011.
Republican lawmakers are preaching caution and a need for increased bipartisanship as they wield unchecked legislative power for the next two years.
Because the GOP has a supermajority in House of Representatives, Democrats must unify if they want to push through any of their initiatives.
House Speaker Brian Bosma announced the Crawfordsville representative's new position Tuesday.
The 5th district covers Pendleton, Carmel, and Westfield.
Uniondale Representative Jeff Espich announced Friday he will not run for re-election.
The major news out of the statehouse this week was the passage of right-to-work in the Indiana House of Representatives.
Democrats could be fined up to $1,000 per day for their absence.
The House voted Tuesday to approve a bill designed to reform the state's charter school system.