Indiana State Senate leader David Long to retire

Posted: 1:44 PM, Feb 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-13 13:44:17-05
Indiana State Senate leader David Long to retire

INDIANAPOLIS -- After a 22-year run as a Indiana State Senator, President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) will retire in November. 

"It’s difficult to leave a job that you love and that you believe you were born to do,” Long said in a news release. “However, none of us is indispensable, and you have to know when the time is right to step away. For me, that time is now."

Long said he is proud of the following accomplishments in his years in the Senate:

  • property tax caps
  • the reduction or elimination of numerous other taxes
  • Right to Work
  • balanced budgets for 13 consecutive years
  • school choice for all of Indiana’s parents and school children
  • a 20-year transportation plan that is fully paid. 

“I’m not foolish enough to claim credit for all of these accomplishments,” he said. “However, I do feel that I played a key role in helping to shape them and shepherd them over the finish line, and I take great pride in that.”

Long will continue to serve as Senate President Pro Tem until Election Day, Nov. 6. A new President Pro Tem will be selected by the Senate, and a caucus will be set by the Indiana State Republican Party to determine his replacement in the Senate. 

Despite his retirement from the Indiana State Senate, he will continue to be a practicing attorney with Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne, Inc. 

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