Lindauer relieved, excited to again represent district

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Denise Emmons of Holland, left, Cass Township advisory board candidate Randy Boehm of Holland and Indiana House of Representatives District 63 incumbent Shane Lindauer chat during the Republicans' election results watch party at the Schnitz Brewery and Pub in Jasper on Tuesday. 


When Republican Shane Lindauer took over the District 63 seat in the Indiana House of Representatives about a year ago, he had to work to keep up. The combination of the amount of new material coming at him, meeting new people and learning new procedures was a lot to handle. He was appointed to the position in October 2017 following the resignation of now U.S. Senator-elect Mike Braun last year.

The next two years won’t be nearly as unfamiliar for Lindauer.

After being re-elected to the seat on Tuesday night, he felt relieved and excited. Taking home the majority of the vote in the area — which covers portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties — was a humbling experience.

“You’re asking people to give their time, talent and treasure to help you do something,” Lindauer said. “And it just surprised me how humbling of an experience that is.”

He defeated Democrat challenger Joe Lannan 7,542-3,135.

Legislation for veterans tax breaks and offering extra assistance to volunteer firefighters are on Lindauer’s radar.

His message all along has been that government is designed to protect life, liberty and property, and Lindauer believes that message resonated with voters.

Throughout his campaign, Lannan enjoyed sitting down with people in their homes and discussing health care, education and roads and infrastructure. Those issues are important to him, and he said they’re important to the people he sought to represent.

“We knocked on thousands of doors, made hundreds of phone calls, we had so many welcoming people bring us into their home,” Lannan said. “And it’s just been humbling to sit down and talk about the common ground issues that matter to all Hoosiers.”

When he entered their residences, Lannan said the last part of the conversations was about the party he represented. He said if the focus stays on remaining economically viable as a region — being an attractive place to live, work and play; and making the future better for the kids — District 63 will continue to strengthen as a region and a community.

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