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Thursday, June 15, 2017 9:41 am

Indiana lawmakers score high on annual vote analysis

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

Northeast Indiana's lawmakers scored highly on the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's annual Legislative Vote Analysis.

The report holds state lawmakers accountable for their voting records on pro-jobs, pro-economy legislation. The 2017 results shows scores ranging from 29 percent to 100 percent.

"We want employers and citizens to take note of this report because it makes it very clear which legislators were supportive of bettering Indiana's economic climate and which were not,” states Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar.

Bills included for examination in the Legislative Vote Analysis can be traced back to the Indiana Chamber's economic development plan, Indiana Vision 2025.

They included topics such as expanding pre-kindergarten, long-term road funding, support of a data hub in state government and various business tax provisions.

Separately, the Indiana Chamber acknowledged 11 legislators who made a difference in the 2017 session. Five legislators were named Indiana Chamber Legislative Champions for “taking on tough assignments and working diligently to see much-needed policy cross the finish line or at least meaningful debate started,” Brinegar said.

One of those five was Rep. David Ober, R-Albion.

Appreciation was noted to six others in leadership positions, including Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne and Senate Education and Career Development Committee Chairman Dennis Kruse.

Here is how all area lawmakers fared:

Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne - 100 percent.

Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne - 66 percent.

Rep. Dave Heine, R-New Haven - 100 percent.

Rep. Chris Judy, R-Fort Wayne - 78 percent.

Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne - 97 percent.

Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington - 100 percent.

Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne - 79 percent.

Rep. Curt Nisly, R-Goshen - 63 percent.

Rep. Rep. Dave Ober, R-Albion - 95 percent.

Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn - 94 percent.

Rep. David Wolkins, R-Warsaw - 89 percent.

Rep. Dennis Zent, R-Angola - 100 percent.

Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne - 100 percent.

Sen. Sue Glick, R-LaGrange - 81 percent.

Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle - 97 percent.

Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn - 91 percent.

Sen. David Long, R-Fort Wayne - 100 percent.

Sen. Andy Zay, R-Huntington - 91 percent