INDIANAPOLIS — State Sen. Frank Mrvan, D-Hammond, is asking Lake County voters to send him back to the Statehouse next year for a 10th four-year term.

The 84-year-old lawmaker announced Wednesday that he is running for re-election, because he still has more work to do on behalf of his constituents in the 1st Senate District of Hammond, Munster, Highland, Dyer, Schererville and Griffith.

"I will continue to stand up for our veterans, for Hoosier children and for the working families of our state," Mrvan said. "I take pride in my long record of fighting for better paying jobs and better education opportunities."

Mrvan currently is spearheading an effort in the General Assembly to allow Hoosiers to vote absentee by mail without requiring an excuse, as they already can through in-person early voting.

"With Indiana consistently having some of the worst voter turnout numbers in the country, this bill would allow more Hoosiers to participate in the democratic process," Mrvan said.

The retired bank officer was first elected to the Senate in 1978.

He lost his seat in 1995 following a controversial recount of the 1994 election results, but ultimately won it back in 1998.

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Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.