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Indiana Senate is the upper house of the Indiana General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Indianamarker. The Senate is composed of 50 members representing 50 distinct districts. Senators serve four-year terms without term limits.

The Senate convenes at the Indiana State Housemarker in Indianapolismarker, Indianamarker.

Operating rules

The Indiana State Senate is operated according to a set of internal regulations developed and maintained largely by tradition. These rules are similar to the rules that govern the upper house most of the state senates in the United Statesmarker. The Senate convenes its annual session the first Tuesday following the first Monday of January every year. In odd numbered years the senate must meet for 61 days (not necessarily consecutive days), and must adjourn no later than April 30. This is typically called a long session. In even numbered years, when elections are held, the Senate must meet for 30 days (not necessarily consecutive days) and adjourn no later than March 15. This is typically called the short session. The only time the senate may convene outside of these dates is if the Governor calls a special assembly.

The senate must convene by 1:30 pm each day a session is scheduled. Two thirds of the senators must be present for the session to begin. Senators must be present at each session unless they are explicitly excused by the president-pro-tempore. Members who are not present can be forced to attend the session or be censured and expelled from the body.

The Lieutenant Governor of Indiana serves as the president of the senate and is responsible for ensuring that the senate rules are followed by its members. The President takes no part in the senate debates and may only vote to break ties. The senate also elects a president-pro-tempore a majority leader. This is typically a senior member of majority party. The president-pro-tempore presides over the senate whenever the President is not present. The president-pro-tempore is largely responsible for setting the agenda of the senate.

When debate occurs in the senate each senator is granted permission to speak on the issue once. A senator may not speak on an issue more than once without a permission from the rest of the senate which is attained with a senate vote. A senator can speak for no longer than a half hour at any one time and may be silenced with a majority vote and any time during his speech.

Terms

Article 4 of the Constitution of Indiana places several limitation on the size and composition of the senate.

  • The senate can contain no more than fifty members.
  • The term of a senator lasts four years with 25 senators being elected every two years.
  • There is no limit to how many terms a senator may be elected.


Qualifications

Article 4 of the Constitution of Indiana states the qualifications to become a senator.

  • The candidate must have been a United States Citizen for a minimum of two years prior to his candidacy.
  • The candidate must have been resident of the district which he seeks to represent for one year.
  • The candidate must be at least 25 years of age when he is sworn into office.
  • The candidate cannot hold any other public office in the state or federal government during a senate term.


Composition of the Senate

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Vacant
End of previous legislature 33 17 50 0
Begin 33 17 50 0
Latest voting share 66% 34%


2009-2010 Officers

Position Name Party District
President of the Senate/Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman Republican
President pro tempore David C. Long Republican 16
Majority Leader Connie Lawson Republican 24
Majority Whip Brandt Hershman Republican 7
Minority Leader Vi Simpson Democratic 40
Minority Whip Lindel Hume Democratic 48


Members of the Indiana Senate

District Senator Party Residence
1 Frank Mrvan Democratic Hammondmarker
2 Lonnie Randolph Democratic East Chicagomarker
3 Earline S. Rogers Democratic Garymarker
4 Karen Tallian Democratic Portagemarker
5 Ed Charbonneau Republican Valparaisomarker
6 Sue Landske Republican Cedar Lakemarker
7 Brandt Hershman Republican Wheatfieldmarker
8 Jim Arnold Democratic LaPortemarker
9 Ryan Mishler Republican Bremenmarker
10 John Broden Democratic South Bendmarker
11 Joe Zakas Republican Grangermarker
12 Carlin Yoder Republican Goshenmarker
13 Marlin Stutzman Republican Howemarker
14 Dennis Kruse Republican Auburnmarker
15 Thomas Wyss Republican Fort Waynemarker
16 David Long Republican Fort Wayne
17 Gary P. Dillon, M.D. Republican Columbia Citymarker
18 Randall Head Republican Howemarker
19 Travis Holdman Republican Marklemarker
20 Luke Kenley Republican Noblesvillemarker
21 James R. Buck Republican Kokomomarker
22 Ronnie Alting Republican Lafayettemarker
23 Phil Boots Republican Crawfordsvillemarker
24 Connie Lawson Republican Danvillemarker
25 Timothy Lanane Democratic Andersonmarker
26 Sue Errington Democratic Munciemarker
27 Allen Paul Republican Richmondmarker
28 Beverly Gard Republican Greenfieldmarker
29 Mike Delph Republican Carmelmarker
30 Teresa Lubbers Republican Indianapolismarker
31 James W. Merritt Republican Indianapolismarker
32 Patricia Miller Republican Indianapolismarker
33 Glenn L. Howard Democratic Indianapolismarker
34 Jean Breaux Democratic Indianapolismarker
35 R. Michael Young Republican Indianapolismarker
36 Brent Waltz Republican Greenwoodmarker
37 Richard D. Bray Republican Martinsvillemarker
38 Timothy Skinner Democratic Terre Hautemarker
39 John Waterman Republican Shelburnmarker
40 Vi Simpson Democratic Bloomingtonmarker
41 Greg Walker Republican Columbusmarker
42 Jean Leising Republican
43 Johnny Nugent Republican Lawrenceburgmarker
44 Brent Steele Republican Bedfordmarker
45 James Lewis Democratic Charlestownmarker
46 Connie Sipes Democratic New Albanymarker
47 Richard D. Young Democratic Milltownmarker
48 Lindel Hume Democratic Princetonmarker
49 Bob Deig Democratic Mount Vernonmarker
50 Vaneta Becker Republican Evansvillemarker


Committees

The Senate has various committees that are charged with overseeing different areas of the state government and drafting legislation. These committees are bipartisan and contain between three and eleven members split between the parties according to their ratio of members in the Senate. The committees and chaired by a member of the majority party. The current committees include:

  • Agriculture and Small Business
  • Appointments and Claims
  • Appropriations
  • Civil Matters Subcommittee
  • Commerce, Public Policy & Interstate Cooperation
  • Corrections and Criminal Subcommittee
  • Corrections, Criminal, and Civil Matters
  • Courts and Juvenile Justice Subcommittee
  • Economic Development Subcommittee
  • Economic Development and Technology
  • Education and Career Development
  • Elections & Redistricting Subcommittee
  • Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Ethics
  • Financial Institutions Subcommittee
  • Health and Provider Services
  • Homeland Security, Transportation & Veterans Affairs
  • Insurance Subcommittee
  • Insurance and Financial Institutions
  • Joint Rules
  • Judiciary
  • Local Government Subcommittee
  • Local Government and Elections
  • Natural Resources
  • Pensions and Labor
  • Probate Code and Trusts Subcommittee
  • Provider Services Subcommittee
  • Public Health Subcommittee
  • Public Safety Subcommittee
  • Rules and Legislative Procedure
  • Tax and Fiscal Policy
  • Technology Subcommittee
  • Transportation Subcommittee
  • Utilities & Regulatory Affairs


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