TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- Local lawmakers say the next Speaker of the Indiana House is qualified for the job. However, legislators on both sides of the aisle hope Todd Huston won't shy away from hot topic issues like teachers’ pay.
Todd Huston was elected to the Indiana House of representatives in 2012, and since then representatives on both sides of the aisle say they have enjoyed working with him.
"He is very smart and very in tune with the legislature and the legislative process," said Representative of the 25th district Don Lehe.
"I can certainly understand why they chose him as the next Speaker I think he will be easy to work with," added Representative of the 26th district Chris Campbell.
Huston has a background in education. He was previously a school board member in Fishers and served as Chief of Staff for the then Indiana State School Superintendent Tony Bennett.
"I think he's got a background that will certainly help him understand not only education but other areas that are important to us,” said Representative of the 27th district Sheila Klinker.
One Republican Representative says he thinks Huston has a track record of voting in favor of education.
"He's got experience in the education field I think he is very in tune with the needs in education and how best to balance the state budget, “ added Lehe
Huston authored the state's budget, which included a historic investment in education funding with $763 million in new money for K-12. Some Democratic Representatives say that funding wasn't distributed to public schools like they feel it should have been.
"When you look at it a little more closely it didn't increase that to our traditional public schools the biggest increases did go to charters and vouchers and virtual charters,” said Campbell.
Some would like to see that issue addressed. Local representatives agree that Huston replacing Brian Bosma as Speaker will be a smooth transition.
"With his background in education I think that certainly will serve to help him, “ added Klinker
"I think he is very capable of being able to follow in the footsteps of Speaker Bosma," said Lehe
Speaker-Elect Todd Huston will work closely with the current speaker of the house Brian Bosma in the upcoming legislative session which starts January 6th.
Huston is likely to be sworn in by the full House as the session closes next year in March.