One of the state’s most influential lawmakers has announced plans to retire. State Senator Luke Kenley (R-20) says he will step down September 30. He has represented the Hamilton County district since 1992 and is known as a fiscal leader, leading the effort in building multiple balanced budgets for the state. He was also a driving force behind legislation to eliminate the state’s inventory and inheritance taxes.
In addition to his work on budgets and taxes, Kenley sponsored the 2005 legislation that led to the construction of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. He also helped reform Indiana’s Community Transition Program, which helps offenders successfully reenter society after incarceration. More than 25,000 people have participated in that program since 1999.
The Hamilton County native helped grow his family’s grocery business from 20 to 200 employees. He graduated from Miami University in Ohio before enlisting in the United States Army. He also served 15 years as a Noblesville city court judge. He was elected in 1992 to represent Senate District 20. It includes parts of Hamilton County, and previously included parts of Grant, Howard, Madison and Tipton counties.