STATEHOUSE (WLFI) — State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) announced Friday he will be resigning. According to a released statement, Hershman will be leaving his position on January 2, 2018, after 18 years of service in the Senate.
“I’m deeply grateful to the people of Senate District 7 for the chance to represent them at the Statehouse over the past 18 years,” Hershman said. “Throughout my tenure, I have focused on making sure Hoosiers are getting the best and most efficient government services for the smallest cost. 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. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve, and am honored to have been a part of the leadership team here at the Senate.”
Hershman has represented Senate District 7 since 2000. The district currently encompasses White County and portions of Boone, Carroll, Clinton, Jasper, and Tippecanoe counties.
Following his retirement from the Senate, Hershman will be joining Barnes & Thornburg as a practicing attorney in the firm’s Washington D.C. office.
During his tenure, Hershman has focused on tax reform as well as many economic development efforts.
Hershman authored landmark telecommunications deregulation legislation widely lauded as the best in the nation, leading to investments of over $5 billion in telecommunications infrastructure across Indiana.
He also spearheaded efforts to cut income taxes for every working Hoosier, place caps on property taxes, repeal the inheritance tax, eliminate the business personal-property tax for half of all filers, reform property taxes for farmers, and cut taxes for corporate and financial institutions.
Hershman has also been a leader in crafting funding solutions for Indiana’s transportation infrastructure. The 2006 lease of the Indiana Toll Road fully funded the 10-year Major Moves road construction program, which received national and international recognition as the biggest building program in the nation – all without requiring a penny of new taxes or borrowing. Hershman also authored a bill in 2016 that redirected $430 million to local governments for road and bridge improvements across the state.
In 2015 and 2017, Hershman advanced a proposed balanced budget amendment to the Indiana Constitution, which will be eligible for Hoosier voters to consider on the 2018 general election ballot.