Whitis running for state senate position

From Local Sources

Harris Lloyd “Tad” Whitis has announced he has filed to run in the Republican primary for election in State Senate District 47, which includes the eastern half of Dubois County and all of Crawford, Harrison, Orange, Perry and Washington Counties.


Whitis, a former Harrison Circuit Court judge from 1999 through 2010, oversaw many reforms, including computerizing the court and its offices and initiating a truancy program, an alternative school and the Court-Appointed Special Advocate Program. In 2006, Whitis graduated from the Indiana Judicial College.

“I believe my experience as a circuit court judge and prosecuting attorney has taught me the importance of gathering all the information, weighing all the facts, listening to all sides of an issue and making fair and informed decisions and that these experiences uniquely qualify me to represent Senate District 47 in the legislature,” Whitis said in announcing his candidacy.

Whitis also served as the prosecuting attorney for the Harrison-Crawford joint circuit from 1975 through 1982 and was a director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council.

As president of the Harrison-Crawford Bar Association, Whitis initiated the effort to sever the joint circuit, leading to the creation of the Crawford Circuit Court and the Crawford County prosecutor’s office, retention of the Harrison Circuit Court and Harrison County prosecutor’s office and creation of the Harrison County Court, predecessor to the Harrison Superior Court.

Since announcing his candidacy in 2013, Whitis has campaigned at the Washington County Home and Garden Show, Dubois-Spencer-Perry counties Republican golf outing, county fairs in Dubois, Perry, Orange and Harrison counties, festivals in Jasper, Tell City, Paoli and French Lick, the Perry-Spencer Republican Picnic, Republican dinners in Perry, Orange, Harrison, Crawford and Washington counties and the Lincoln Day Luncheon in Dubois County.

Whitis is married to the former Sally Harbaugh. They live in Laconia and have two children. He graduated from South Central High School in Elizabeth, Indiana University and the University of Kentucky College of Law. He was admitted to practice law in 1971 and subsequently opened an office in Corydon.

He has been a member of the Harrison County Cattlemen’s Association, Indiana Simmental Association, Harrison County Farm Bureau, Corydon Optimist Club, Leadership Harrison County, Indiana Supreme Court Ethics Committee, Indiana Supreme Court Community Relations Committee, Harrison-Crawford Bar Association, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and Indiana Judges Association.

Whitis has also served as a director of the Harrison County Community Foundation for 10 years. In 2009 and 2010, he was named a servant leader of Leadership Harrison County.

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