Indiana House Democrats Elect New Leadership
Linda Lawson chosen as leader
Indianapolis, IN--- Members of the Indiana House Democratic caucus met today in Lafayette to address leadership issues within the party. The caucus ended with a vote to appoint Linda Lawson, D- Hammond, as the new leader of the House Democrats, replacing Pat Bauer, D- South Bend. Bauer has held the leadership position since 2002.
“The majority of our members have spoken,” said Lawson, who has served as floor leader for the past two years. “We met, discussed, and decided to take steps to move our party forward, including making a change in our leadership. After serving Indiana House District 1 since 1998, I’m honored to be placed in this position at such a critical time for our party.”
Lawson is a 24-year veteran of the Hammond Police Department, becoming the first female captain to serve the department after working as a patrol officer and a member of the sex crimes and domestic violence divisions. The knowledge and experience she gained in those capacities has helped influence much of the legislation she has championed. Lawson currently serves on several committees of the Indiana House of Representatives, including: Statutory Committee on Ethics, Select Committee on Government Reduction, and Public Policy.