His term ends in November of next year. Craycraft served seven terms in the Senate and was first elected in 1978. Among his accomplishments, Craycraft helped create a state worker’s compensation law and helped improve Indiana’s unemployment insurance system.

Source: Inside INdiana Business

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MUNCIE, Ind. – After a long and distinguished career in public service spanning nearly three decades, State Senator Allie Craycraft (D-Muncie) today announced his intention to retire at the end of his current term.

“It’s been my honor to serve the people of Senate District 26 for these many years, but now its time to let the next generation have a chance.” said Craycraft, who has more seniority than any other Democrat in the Senate. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to represent my friends and neighbors in the State Senate these seven terms and I am profoundly thankful for the trust that the people of Delaware County placed in me.”

First elected in 1978, Craycraft is best known for his work on behalf of senior citizens, veterans, children, education and working people. Among Craycraft’s most memorable accomplishments include his work to create a state worker’s compensation law, to improve Indiana’s unemployment insurance system and his authorship of legislation creating the state’s first veterans cemetery in Madison, Ind. He has also helped secure millions of dollars for economic development and infrastructure projects in Delaware County, including those at Ball State University.

“While he never served in the majority, he was able to get a great deal accomplished for his district,” added Senate Minority Leader Richard Young (D-Miltown). “He represented his constituents well and his work will have a long lasting positive impact on the people of East Central Indiana. We are going to miss him immensely.”

Craycraft, whose term will end in November of 2006, currently serves as the Assistant Minority Caucus Chairman and is the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate’s Ethics Committee as well as the Homeland Security, Utilities & Public Policy Committee. He is also a member of the Senate’s Commerce & Transportation; Natural Resources; and Appropriations standing committees.

“Allie Craycraft is a devoted public servant, who worked tirelessly to represent the people of his district with distinction for 28 years,” said Senator Bayh, who as Governor, worked closely with Craycraft. “On behalf of every Hoosier, I want to extend my thanks to Senator Craycraft for a job well done.”

A Korean War veteran, Craycraft spent his professional career working at Muncie’s Chevrolet plant before retiring in 1986. The father of seven adult children, grandfather of 12 and a great-grandfather, he and his wife Juanita reside in Selma, and he serves as the Assistant Pastor at Muncie’s Foursquare Gospel Church.

Source: Indiana Senate Democrats

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