Another long-serving state legislator will not run again. After a 34-year tenure in the Senate, Indiana Senator Patricia Miller (R-32) will not seek re-election after her term expires in November.
Miller was elected to the Senate in 1983 and served in the Indiana House of Representatives the year prior. Among her many accomplishments, Miller sponsored legislation that led to the creation of the Healthy Indiana Plan and Indiana’s Silver Alert program.
“I’m deeply grateful to the constituents of Marion and Johnson counties for giving me the opportunity to represent them in the General Assembly over the past 34 years,” said Miller. “Representing our local community at the Statehouse has been a humbling and fulfilling experience. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in many important issues facing Hoosiers, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve."
Miller led efforts to establish cooling-off periods for former lawmakers before they become lobbyists and create more transparency by reporting gifts from lobbyists to legislators. She wrote laws to require criminal background checks for health-care professionals, CPR training for teachers and promoting suicide prevention programs in schools.
Miller’s announcement comes just one day after State Senator Earline Rogers (D-3) announced she will not seek another term after 34 years. Miller says the decision to step down was not easy but she is looking forward to spending more time with her now-retired husband and their grandchildren.