State Sen. Paul Not Seeking Re-Election In 2014
By Mike Perleberg
State Sen. Allen Paul announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in Senate District 27 in 2014.
(Richmond, Ind.) – A local lawmaker is calling it quits once his current term runs out at the end of next year.
State Senator Allen Paul (R-Richmond) announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in 2014. He said that after serving 27 years in the Senate, he wants to focus his time on new endeavors and his family.
Paul represents Senate District 27, which includes all or parts of Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Randolph, Union and Wayne counties. The district hadn’t always included Dearborn and Franklin counties, but Paul took on representation of parts of those two counties when legislative district boundaries were redrawn in 2012.
“It’s been a privilege to serve with some of the hardest-working people I’ve ever met. I can’t put into words how much I appreciate the support of my constituents, friends, family and the Senate itself,” he said in a statement announcing his decision.
Paul currently serves as chairman of the Insurance Committee and the Commission on Military and Veterans Affairs. He is a ranking member of the Financial Institutions Committee, which he chaired for 16 years.
A decorated Vietnam War veteran, Paul worked to pass a number of pro-military member pieces of legislation. His “combat to college” bill passed in 2012 requires Indiana colleges with at least 200 veteran students to support and provide educational assistance to veterans wanting to obtain a college diploma. He also supported legislation to offer in-state tuition for veterans who enroll in a state institution no later than a year after discharging from the military.
“As a Hoosier veteran, I know the obstacles our brave men and women face when they return to civilian life,” Paul said. “I thought it was my personal responsibility to thank them for their sacrifice and provide them with support to ensure they can thrive in their lives after the military.”
Fellow Republican and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) said Paul has worked tirelessly to better the lives of the people of East Central Indian.
“He often worked behind-the-scenes with little public recognition on complex issues that took many sessions to resolve and has been a thoughtful and respected voice in the Senate for his entire tenure,” Long said. “His service in the U.S. Army and National Guard Reserve is a testament to his character and further illustrates his commitment to Hoosiers. I’ve enjoyed working with Allen the past 17 years and am proud to call him a friend and colleague. I wish him the very best.”