GOP Congressman Jim Banks took time recently on the U.S. House floor to praise outgoing state Sen. Luke Kenley as "one of the most influential legislators in the history of the Indiana General Assembly."
Banks served with Kenley, of Noblesville, in the state Senate from 2010 to 2016. Kenley recently announced he will resign his seat Sept. 30 after 25 years in the chamber.
"Senator Kenley has established himself as a champion of fiscal responsibility and limited government," Banks said.
He noted that Kenley helped craft five balanced budgets, cut taxes, invested in key priorities such as roads and built a substantial rainy day fund.
"Senator Kenley has been the architect of our state's remarkable fiscal turnaround and his impact on Hoosiers will be felt for generations to come," said Banks, of Columbia City. "With the national debt approaching 20 trillion dollars I think it's fair to say we could use a lot more of Luke Kenley's style leadership here in our nation's capitol."