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Huston selected as next House speaker

Huston selected as next House speaker Huston selected as next House speaker

Indiana House Republicans met Dec. 2 at the Statehouse in Indianapolis and selected State Rep. Todd Huston, R-Fishers, to serve as the next House speaker.

House Speaker Brian C. Bosma, R-Indianapolis, recently announced his plans to not seek re-election and retire after the 2020 legislative session. To smooth the transition, House Republicans chose Huston to serve as speaker-elect. He will work closely with Bosma during the upcoming short session and is expected to be sworn in as House speaker by the full House as session closes.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the support from our caucus and the tremendous opportunity to serve in this new leadership role,” Huston said. “Indiana’s economic strength is largely rooted in strong, conservative leadership, and I’m honored to work alongside Speaker Bosma during his final legislative session and help continue our state’s momentum.”

First elected in 2012, Huston represents House District 37, which includes Fishers and a portion of Hamilton County. Bosma announced that Huston will no longer serve as co-chair of House Ways and Means, but he will remain a member of the committee. Huston authored the state’s structurally balanced budget (HEA1001), which included a historic investment in education funding with $763 million in new money for K-12.

“Todd is an invaluable member of our team and a respected leader, and I’m excited for him to take the reins and continue building on Indiana’s success story,” Bosma said. “Whether it’s serving as a tough budget hawk or finding common ground among differing viewpoints, he’s been a reliable, go-to legislator for our caucus time and time again. I firmly believe he will take hold of this opportunity with both hands and bring the vision and energy needed to help keep Indiana on the right track.”

Huston previously served on the Hamilton Southeastern school board, Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation board, Fishers Planning Commission and Indiana Leadership Forum Board of Directors.

“State Rep. Todd Huston has spent two years serving as our Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore and has filled in for Speaker of the House, proving he has what it takes for this position and will excel as House speaker,” said Rep. Karen Engleman, R-Georgetown. “As the co-chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Huston supports an education-focused budget and works to balance our books to keep our state’s AAA credit rating. I thank him for his leadership, and I look forward to continuing the positive direction he will move our state in his new role.”

Additionally, former Gov. Mitch Daniels twice called on Huston to serve the state, first with a four-year term as a member of the Indiana State Board of Education and from 2006 to 2009 as a member of the Indiana Education Roundtable.

“Todd Huston is a home-run pick for Indiana House Speaker,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said. “He has proven himself a strong leader and has touched so many facets of state government through the budget process. Having a year to learn from Speaker Bosma will prove invaluable. I look forward to working with him and Sen. Bray going forward.”

The 2020 legislative session will convene on Jan. 6 and conclude by March 14.