INDIANAPOLIS — The Hoosier senator primarily responsible for crafting numerous reductions to Indiana's tax rates during the past nine legislative sessions is resigning Jan. 2 to work as an attorney at a Washington, D.C. law firm.
State Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, chairman of the Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy since 2009, said he's deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to represent the Lafayette area, including portions of Jasper County, in the Senate for 18 years.
"Throughout my tenure, I have focused on making sure Hoosiers are getting the best and most efficient government services for the smallest cost," Hershman said.
"It's been a privilege to work alongside so many dedicated public servants to help enact meaningful conservative reforms that have made our state the fiscal envy of the nation."
Hershman's departure for a job at Barnes and Thornburg, coupled with the Sept. 30 retirement of state Sen. Luke Kenley, R-Noblesville, means the Senate will have two new leaders for its powerful tax and appropriations committees going into the 2018 session.
Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said he not only will miss having Hershman's "wise counsel" in the Senate, but he's also going to miss working alongside his friend.
"Brandt is one of the brightest, most accomplished individuals I’ve ever known," Long said. "He is leaving the Senate with a record that few others in the history of the Indiana state legislature can match.
"His legacy as a national leader on such state issues as tax reform, telecom reform and as a strong and consistent advocate for the agricultural community speaks for itself. .... On behalf of his entire Senate family, I wish him the very best in his new endeavor."
Senate Republicans likely will select a new tax committee chairman shortly after the General Assembly convenes its 10-week session Jan. 3.
Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer has not yet set a date for precinct committeemen in Senate District 7 to elect a person to complete the three years remaining in Hershman's Senate term.