The Indiana House of Representatives has officially voted to select State Rep. Todd Huston (R-Fishers) as the new Speaker of the House. Huston was unanimously selected in December to succeed Rep. Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), who is retiring at the end of the current legislative session.
Huston was sworn into the position Monday by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa. He was first elected to the House in 2012 and has spent the session working alongside Bosma to ensure a smooth transition into his new role.
“My family has always stressed the importance of public service and conservative leadership, and I am honored and blessed to be placed in this position to help make sure Indiana stays on the right track,” Huston said in a news release. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate, and Gov. Eric Holcomb to fuel Indiana’s economic engine, and make our state a destination for all.”
Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released a statement following the vote:
“I want to congratulate Speaker Huston on his exciting new role. I know we will have the opportunity to work closely in coming sessions, and I look forward to what we can accomplish together. Speaker Huston and I may not always agree on the same issues, but I’m certain that he will work to do what he thinks is best for our state. In the end, that’s what Hoosiers sent us here to do: to come together and make Indiana the best state in the U.S.”
Bosma announced his plans to step down from the legislature in November. He called serving as House Speaker the “honor of my life” and said he is confident in Huston’s ability to “take the reins and hit the ground running.”
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer thanked Bosma for his service in a statement:
“It’s truly the end of a historic era in the Indiana House of Representatives as Speaker Bosma passes the gavel to Speaker Huston. Brian’s leadership turned our state around and made Indiana the envy of the nation. Brian has earned his place as the most consequential speaker in Indiana history and we’ll remain forever grateful for his decades of service.”
The 2020 Indiana General Assembly is slated to adjourn this week.