Jim Merritt’s Story

Jim Merritt is a Republican member of the Indiana Senate, representing District 31 since 1990.

Jim is a born and raised Hoosier, who has chosen a life of devoting himself to creating a better and safer Indiana. As a State Senator, Jim embodies integrity and the ability to bring people together. Since 1990, Jim has fought for principled reforms pertaining to education, jobs, fiscal responsibility, healthcare and overall, the quality of life of his fellow Hoosiers.

"Like any parent, I want to help protect my children and our communities from unnecessary dangers…"

Jim Merritt

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Senator Jim Merritt and his wife Kelley live in northeastern Indianapolis and are the proud parents of Abby and son-in-law Josh Baker, Jennifer, and Will. Representing 130,000 constituents in District 31, Senator Merritt was first elected to the Indiana Senate in 1990. Committees Merritt serves on include Utilities, Homeland Security, Public Policy, Rules and Legislative Procedure, Joint Rules, and the Transportation subcommittee. The leadership positions Merritt holds in the Senate are Majority Caucus Chairman along with Chairmanship of the Utilities Committee.

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  • Majority Caucus Chair: State Senator – District 31
  • Counties Served: Portions of Hamilton and Marion counties
  • Elected: Indiana State Senate, 1990 – Present
  • Education: Indiana University (B.A.) Political Science, 1981
  • Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
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  • Utilities, Chair
  • Commerce & Technology, Ranking Member
  • Homeland Security & Transportation
  • Joint Rules
  • Public Policy
  • Rules & Legislative Procedure
  • Veterans Affairs & the Military
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  • Indiana Historical Society, Board of Trustees
  • Member, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Board of Directors, Friends of the Indiana Archives
  • Member, Indianapolis Museum of Art Government Relations Committee
  • Author, Passing the Torch: Preserving Indiana’s Heritage
  • Founder, Reaching Parents in Crisis Task Force
  • Legislator of the Year – The Indiana State Medical Association, 2016
  • The Russell L. Heyde Legacy Award- The Indiana Dental Association, 2014-15
  • The Virgil “Gus” Grissom Award- ACEC Indiana, 2014-15
  • Founders Award- The Indiana Leadership Forum, 2014-15
  • Legislative Advocate Award-Drug Free Marion County, 2014-15
  • Leadership in fight against drunk driving and underage drinking – The Century Council, 2014-15
  • Legislator of the Year- Indiana association of Beverage Retailers, 2014-15
  • Legislator of the Year-The Indy Wine Trail, 2014-15
  • Ranked Most Pro-Job Indiana Senator, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2011
  • Legislator of the Year, National Republican Legislators Association, 2001
  • Youth Advocacy Award, Association of Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, 1996
  • Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments, 1994
  • Program for Emerging Leaders, Darden School of Business
  • Administration, University of Virginia, 1994
  • Highest Award for Achievement, Dale Carnegie Course, 1990
  • Lawrence Township Republican of the Year, 1987

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