For immediate release: Nov 07, 2012 04:00:00 EST
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Senate Democratic Caucus elects new leadership team

New Democratic Leader Sen.Tim Lanane says common sense issues take priority

INDIANAPOLIS - Members of the Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus have elected a new team of legislative leaders for the upcoming 118th Indiana General Assembly.

During a Statehouse caucus held Wednesday, the Senate Democrats voted to elect State Senator Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) as Democratic Floor Leader and State Senator Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) as Assistant Democratic Floor Leader. Additionally, State Senator Jim Arnold (D-LaPorte) was re-elected Caucus Chairman. The leaders assume new responsibilities immediately.

According to Sen. Lanane, the immediate needs of Hoosier families are the top concern for the caucus members.

"Our state is in the midst of a challenging time and many Hoosiers are hopeful that better days are on the horizon. Our proposals and budget priorities will reflect the principles of rebuilding our economy, our schools and our local communities," Lanane explained.

Sen. Lanane continued, "These are common sense issues that truly matter to the citizens of Indiana. My hope is that the majority does not veer from these important challenges to devote too much time on divisive social issues, but that we stick to these very worthy goals and work in a bipartisan fashion to put Hoosiers back to work, provide quality educational opportunities, and move the state forward.

"The Senate Democrats continue to stand ready to work with our colleagues in the General Assembly and the newly elected governor to reach these goals."

First appointed to the Senate in 1997, Sen. Lanane has served as the Assistant Democratic Leader since 2008. He represents Senate District 25, which encompasses portions of Madison and Delaware counties including the communities of Anderson and Muncie.

Sen. Breaux was appointed to the State Senate in 2006 and has served as Assistant Democratic Caucus Chair since 2008. She represents Senate District 34 which encompasses the near east side of Indianapolis including portions of Center, Washington, Lawrence, and Warren Townships.

Sen. Arnold has served in the State Senate since 2007 and was first elected to serve as the Democratic Caucus Chair in 2008. He represents Senate District 8, which encompasses a majority of LaPorte County including LaPorte and Michigan City, and the western portions of St. Joseph County.

For more information on the Senate Democratic Caucus visit http://www.senatedemocrats.in.gov/.

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