Young wants another term as state senator

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Richard Young is running for another term as state senator of District 47.


Young, 71, said in announcing his candidacy he hopes to have the opportunity to continue to serve the people of his district and to continue to work on legislation that improves the lives of all Hoosiers.

The Democrat has been an ardent advocate for community development initiatives, educational improvements and financial stewardship. He maintains these issues will remain amongst his top priorities in the coming year.

“I will continue to advocate for making targeted investments that create good paying jobs and ensuring our children and grandchildren have access to the best education possible,” he said. “These ideas together will put both the state and families on the path to prosperity.”

Young has additionally focused his legislative efforts on the academic security of Indiana’s veterans. His Combat to College Program, which was recently signed into law, will ease the transition from military service to college for the men and women who have served our country. 

“By recognizing the challenges our returning servicemen and women face, I will continue to work to remove roadblocks and encourage veterans to harness their unique skills and training,” he said.

He currently serves as the Ranking Democrat on the Senate’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee as well as the Senate Local Government Committee. He is a member of the Senate Financial Institutions Committee and Senate Insurance Committee. In 2009, he founded the Indiana General Assembly’s Rural Caucus, a bipartisan group of legislators from the state senate and house of representatives that acts as an advocate for the concerns and interests of rural communities.

Young has five adult children and his wife, Ashira, has two adult children; together, they have 10 grandchildren. The couple lives in Milltown.

District 47 encompasses Columbia, Ferdinand, Hall, Harbison, Jackson, Jefferson and Marion townships in Dubois County and all of Crawford, Orange, Perry, Harrison and Washington counties.

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