House Speaker Brian Bosma has announced plans to leave the Indiana Statehouse. Bosma, who has served in the Indiana House since 1986, announced Tuesday that he will be stepping down at the end of the 2020 legislative session and not seek re-election.

Our partners at WISH-TV report Bosma will be taking a new position in Washington. He is the longest-serving Speaker of the House in the state's history, having first been elected to the position in 2004.

Bosma released the following statement regarding his decision: 

"It’s been the honor of my life to serve Hoosiers and help make Indiana all she can be. Coming into my 34th session as a legislator, it’s humbling to reflect on just how far our state has come – especially in the last 15 years. From the bottom of nearly every economic and business list to the best in the Midwest and among the top states in the nation. Whether it’s our welcoming business climate, record job creation or low taxes, Indiana’s economic engine is paying dividends for Hoosiers through low unemployment and low taxes.

Unlike Washington, D.C., we get things done. With civility and bipartisanship, state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle work together to make Indiana a better place to live, raise a family, and start or grow a business. In fact, over 80 percent of the new laws passed last session received bipartisan support, and it’s a trend we will push to continue.
 
I’m not done yet, and I look forward to working with my House and Senate colleagues in the upcoming legislative session to take us over the finish line on time and under budget.”

House Republicans will select a speaker-elect in the coming weeks, according to Bosma's office. That person will work with Bosma during the short session and Bosma says he hopes the representative will be sworn in by the full House as the session closes in March.