Byrne selected in caucus to fill Senate vacancy
Harrison County’s Gary Byrne was selected at an Republican Party caucus at the Corydon Cinemas last Wednesday evening to serve as state senator for District 47.
The vacancy was created when Erin Houchin resigned to focus on her campaign for Congress.
“Congratulations to Gary Byrne on his caucus victory tonight to become Indiana’s newest state senator,” Kyle Hupfer, Indiana Republican Party chairman said in a statement following the caucus. “Hoosiers in the 47th District will certainly be well-represented by Gary in the Statehouse, and I look forward to the work he will undertake as part of our strong Republican team delivering results for all Hoosiers.”
Other candidates in the caucus were Heather Setser of Crawford County and Keeley Stingel of Washington County.
Prior to being selected, Byrne had served two terms on the North Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees (2006 to 2010 and 2012 to 2016) and a one term on the Harrison County Council (2016 to 2020). He is also on the ballot as a Republican candidate for Senate District 47 to serve for a full term.
“There need to be more strong voices for rural Indiana, especially Southern Indiana, in Indianapolis,” Byrne said at the caucus. “The legislature needs more conservatives with local government and school board experience. Our country is in a time of crisis, and the solution to what ails our nation will come from rural America and from heartland states like Indiana. I want to do my part.”
Byrne and his wife, Angie, have three sons and five grandchildren with twins expected in June. He farms cattle and hay and is the president of Byrne Satellite, a family-owned business that installs security and satellite systems in homes and businesses. The farm has been in his family since 1806. He is a member of the Farm Bureau and the National Rifle Association.
Byrne, R-Byrneville, took the oath of office Monday. He was sworn in by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa. He became the first person from Harrison County to serve in the District 47 Senate seat since Frank O’Bannon resigned from it in December of 1988 to serve as Indiana’s lieutenant governor.
District 47 serves Harrison, Crawford, Washington, Orange and Perry counties and eastern Dubois County.
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to represent Senate District 47,” Byrne said. “I look forward to finishing the remainder of session and representing the concerns of our community at the Statehouse.”
Byrne can be contacted at 1-317-232-9488, by email at [email protected] or by mail at 200 W. Washington, St., Indianapolis, IN 46204. His virtual office is online at www.IndianaSenateRepublicans/Byrne.