INDIANAPOLIS — The decision by state Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, to resign Jan. 2 for a job at a Washington, D.C., law firm is rippling through Indiana Senate leadership.

Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, announced Thursday that state Sen. Rod Bray, R-Martinsville, will replace Hershman as leader of the chamber's Republican majority, and act as presiding officer when neither Long nor the lieutenant governor are available.

"Serving as the majority floor leader is a significant responsibility that I do not approach lightly," Bray said. "I know I have big shoes to fill following the retirement of Sen. Hershman, and I am grateful to Sen. Long for entrusting me with this leadership role."

Long said state Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, will take Hershman's position as chairman of the powerful Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy, where Holdman has served as deputy chairman since 2013.

Holdman also will fill Hershman's seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Though to do so Holdman is giving up his chairmanship of the Committee on Insurance and Financial Institutions.

"I will approach both of my new appointments with a focused and measured approach, and will work hard to ensure that Indiana’s tax policies continue to serve our state efficiently and effectively," Holdman said.

Long appointed state Sen. Chip Perfect, R-Lawrenceburg, to take over for Holdman as insurance committee chairman.

He also said any further changes to committee assignments as a result of this reshuffling will be announced early next year.

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