Legislator who had represented parts of county dies


SALEM — Indiana State Rep. Steve Davisson, R-Salem, died Sunday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Davisson, 63, used to represent parts of Dubois County in the Indiana House of Representatives, though for a short time, before redistricting changes in 2011.

“Steve Davisson lived an extraordinary life of love, courage and service,” Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston said in a statement. “While short in stature, Steve was a giant of a man in service to his family, community and state. He lived his life full of love and optimism, which made him such a blessing to know. Steve will be greatly missed by me and everyone who had the privilege to know him.”

Davisson was elected to House District 73 seat in 2010, replacing Dennie Oxley. At that time, District 73 included Hall, Jackson, Jefferson and Marion townships in Dubois County. A pharmacist by trade, he focused on several bills and issues concerning pharmacy, health and medicine in those early years, expanding to education and other matters as time went on.

After the 2011 redistricting was complete, the Dubois County townships were removed from District 73. Now the district includes all of Washington County and parts of Clark, Harrison, Jackson, Lawrence and Orange counties.

Before starting his career as a pharmacist in Salem, Davisson earned two degrees from Purdue University. He held an Indiana Board of Pharmacy license since 1981. Davisson grew up in Scott County and graduated from Scottsburg Senior High School in 1976.

In August, Gov. Eric Holcomb gave Davisson the Sagamore of the Wabash Award for his service to the state of Indiana.

“My good friend Steve Davisson was a good friend to anyone that met him, and for that, we’re all fortunate and mourn his loss. As a man of faith, family and community, Rep. Davisson was a model citizen legislator, daily carrying out the duties that made him an obvious Sagamore of the Wabash,” Holcomb said in a statement. "His ability to take on tough and complex issues with common sense and that famous smile was a gift from above."

Davisson and his wife, Michelle, have five adult children and several grandchildren.

His funeral is this morning.

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