Political Notebook

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    Sens. Dan Coats, R-Ind., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., spoke Tuesday in support of legislation to complete construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
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Donnelly labeled ‘one to watch’

The news organization Politico has named Sen.-elect Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., one of “13 people to watch in politics in 2013.”

Politico writer MacKenzie Weinger noted that Donnelly repeatedly said during his campaign that he will bring “Hoosier common sense to the Senate” and that, as a congressman the past six years, he has been a member of the moderate and conservative Blue Dog Coalition.

“In 2013, look for the new senator, who campaigned on his moderate voting record as well as his opposition to abortion and support for gun rights, to be a force in helping the centrist wing of the Democratic Party fight for relevance in the 113th Congress,” Weinger wrote for a story published Christmas Day. “It’s time to see what ‘Hoosier common sense’ really means.”

Others on Politico’s watch list include new Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction; Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a consumer protection advocate; actress Ashley Judd, a Democrat who might run for the Kentucky Senate seat held by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell; Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee and chairman of the House Budget Committee; Cory Booker, the high-profile Democratic mayor of Newark, N.J.; and Marty Baron, the new executive editor of the Washington Post.

Homestead act

Northeast Indiana will be represented in Washington when Susan Brooks is sworn in Thursday as a Republican member of the U.S. House.

Brooks, a Fort Wayne native who lives in Carmel and will represent the central-Indiana 5th District, said her parents, Bob and Marilyn Wiant, who live on Adams Lake in LaGrange County, will attend the ceremony, as will other family from the Fort Wayne area.

Brooks is a 1978 graduate of Homestead High School. Her father was an athletic director and football coach there in the 1970s, and her mother was treasurer for the Southwest Allen County Schools district. Bob Wiant coached football at East Noble High School in the 1980s.

Appointments

The following northeast Indiana residents have been recently appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels to state boards and commissions:

Ryan Wilson of Roanoke is an investment adviser at Davis Financial Solutions. He has been appointed to the Indiana Education Savings Authority Board of Directors.

Bill Etzler of LaOtto is the vice president and regional manager for Aqua Indiana. He was appointed as the small-business representative to the Indiana Environmental Rules Board. He will be vice chairman of the board.

Jeremy Brown of Decatur was reappointed to the Indiana State Police Board.

Robert Caldwell of Fort Wayne owns and operates Summit Investigations. He was appointed to the Private Investigator & Security Guard Licensing Board.

Deb Mills of Fort Wayne is the administrator of Renaissance Village. She was appointed to the State Board of Health Facility Administrators.

Kelly Borror of Fort Wayne was reappointed to the State Board of Health Facility Administrators.

Lisa Hollister of Fort Wayne is a nurse at Parkview Regional Medical Center. She was appointed to the State Trauma Care Committee.

Rebecca S. Green contributed to this column.

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