Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-16) says he will retire from the Senate in November. He has served in the chamber for 22 years, including 12 as president. Long says he will continue to work as a practicing attorney in Fort Wayne.
Long says he takes "great pride" in helping lead efforts including property tax caps, Right to Work, balanced budgets, school choice and a 20-year transportation plan.
"It’s difficult to leave a job that you love and that you believe you were born to do," said Long. "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."
Prior to being elected to the Indiana Senate, Long spent eight years as a Fort Wayne city councilman. He is general counsel for Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne Inc. and has been an active volunteer with area organizations including the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne. In 2017, he was honored as one of Mad Anthonys Red Coat recipients.
The Senate will select a new president pro tem after Election Day. A caucus of precinct committee members in Senate District 16 will choose Long’s replacement.
During a news conference at the Indiana Statehouse, Senate Pro Tem David Long (R-16) said he has no interest in seeking political office at the national level.