INDIANAPOLIS | State Rep. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell, who is leaving the Indiana House to run for the Senate, was lauded Thursday by his soon-to-be former colleagues.
State Rep. Kathy Richardson, R-Noblesville, said even though Niemeyer served just one two-year term in the House, he made a significant impact in an important policy area.
"He has brought to us a lot of information from local government, where he served as township assessor and also on the county council," Richardson said. "In both of those areas, he's helped as we worked through various issues."
Niemeyer received a blue pyramid-like sculpture listing his years of House service as a farewell gift.
He also got some good-natured boos from other representatives when he said he looked forward to returning to the Statehouse next year as a senator.
"It's been a real privilege and honor to serve here the short time I have served here," Niemeyer said. "It's an awesome responsibility. When I walked in here the first day I told my wife, 'This is a big deal.' This is really a big deal serving here."
Niemeyer is no stranger to the Statehouse. He visited often in the 1970s and ’80s when his father, Ernie Niemeyer, held the same south Lake County Senate seat he is seeking to win in November.
"Things have changed a lot, but still the same thing goes on down here — people down here do their jobs, make good laws," Niemeyer said. "I hope I see you from the other side of the hall next year."