Known for his ability to reach across party lines to get things done, State Senator Lindel Hume has earned a reputation as an outspoken advocate of property tax reform as well as a variety of issues relating to agriculture, small business and economic development.
Senator Hume was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1974, and then elected to the State Senate in 1982. He represents Indiana Senate District 48 which encompasses portions of Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Pike, Spencer and Warrick Counties.
Hume was reappointed to serve as the Democratic Whip in 2012. Hume was first appointed to the position in 1984 and is responsible for garnering members' support for caucus priorities.
In addition to his leadership position, Hume serves as the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Ethics Committee. He also serves as a member of the Senate Committees on Agriculture & Natural Resources; Appropriations; Judiciary; Tax and Fiscal Policy; and Rules and Legislative Procedure.
Hume has also been appointed to serve on the Law and Criminal Justice Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories.
Hume began his career working at Potter and Brumfield (a subsequent Siemens company) in 1961 as a member of Local #1459 of the International Association of Machinists. Hume was later promoted to supervisor in the quality assurance lab and then became quality control specialist. In 1987 he was promoted to manager of strategic planning and internal auditing. Sen. Hume became Director of Corporate Affairs in 1993 and worked in a consulting capacity for Siemens from 1999 to 2007.
A graduate of Oakland City University, Hume earned his bachelor's degree with a major in mathematics and a minor in physics. He received an electronic technician certification at T.T.I. in Evansville and has worked towards a master's degree at the University of Evansville. Hume received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Oakland City University in 2004.
Senator Hume also served as a precinct committeeman, a member and past president of the Oakland City Kiwanis, a member of the Institute of International Auditors and a member of the Gibson County Conservation Club. Hume resides in Princeton and is a member of the Brenton Chapel Church of Christ. His wife of 50 years, Judy, passed away in 2010. They have two adult children and six grandchildren.
Hume was a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Lyles Station Historic Preservation Corp. through 2010 and served on the Board of Trustees for Oakland City University from 2011 through 2012.