Indiana House Republicans have a new member in their leadership for the first time in 12 years. The GOP voted on party leadership Wednesday.
Cicero Republican Eric Turner is set to vacate the House seat he won in Tuesday’s election. Turner had been Speaker Pro Tem since Brian Bosma became Speaker of the House.
House Republicans have elected to move Majority Floor Leader Bill Friend to Turner’s spot as Speaker Pro Tem, while elevating Brookville Republican Jud McMillin to Friend’s old post. McMillin is the youngest member of the leadership team, both in age and experience.
He says when the position came open, it’s one he thought he had the right skill set for.
“I enjoy going to the microphone – maybe more than I should – and I know this is a position that has to do those types of things,” McMillin said. “I like to do the work of public policy and I like to dig deep into the bills.”
Noblesville Representative Kathy Richardson will remain the caucus chair.
Both Senate caucuses also chose their leadership teams. All the previous Senate leaders will retain their positions, including Fort Wayne-area Sen. David Long as President Pro-Tem.