Indiana Senate President Plans To Resign In November

Posted On February 14, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Republicans in the Indiana Senate will soon be picking a new leader.

Senate President Pro Tempore David Long said Tuesday that he will resign on Election Day in November.

The Republican from Fort Wayne, who has spent more than 20 years in the state legislature, announced it’s ‘time’ for him to step aside.

“It’s difficult to leave a job that you love and that you believe you were born to do,” said Long.

“However, none of us is indispensable, and you have to know when the time is right to step away. For me, that time is now.”

Long became the Senate leader in 2006. In that time, he has passed major legislation including property tax caps, Right to Work, school choice vouchers, and 13 straight years of balanced budgets.

“I’m not foolish enough to claim credit for all of these accomplishments,” said Long. “However, I do feel that I played a key role in helping to shape them and shepherd them over the finish line, and I take great pride in that.”

Senator Tim Lanane, the Senate’s Democratic leader, called Lanane a true gentleman and fair leader.

“Although Sen. Long and I have debated our differences on many policy issues facing the State of Indiana over the years, we have remained friends and great colleagues. I have nothing but respect for Sen. Long and his many years of service to our state,” Lanane said.

Long said the Indiana Senate will have to choose its next leader. The Senate President Pro Tem is voted on by the entire Senate, which is likely to remain a Republican majority after the November election. Long said he won’t play a role in picking his successor.

He was re-elected to a four-year term representing Senate District 16 in 2016. A Republican party caucus will select a person to fill the remainder of Long’s term.