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Bosma taps 2 for committees

House Speaker Brian Bosma has assigned new state Rep. Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne, to serve on three legislative committees.

He was tapped by a local caucus to serve the remainder of Phyllis Pond’s term. She died in September after a battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Cox will serve on the Elections and Apportionment Committee; the Judiciary Committee; and the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee.

Bosma also named Rep. Dave Ober, R-Albion, to replace Pond on the House Ways and Means Committee. This panel handles financial issues such as the state budget and taxes.

“This is an exciting learning experience for me. Ways and Means is the cornerstone of our legislature, and I look forward to working with the committee to ensure that Indiana continues to be seen as the fiscal envy of the nation,” Ober said.

The 2014 legislative session begins Jan. 6.

Sagamore awarded

Rep. Dave Ober, R-Albion, presented a posthumous Sagamore of the Wabash award last week to the family of Don Moore – a veteran and entrepreneur.

The ceremony occurred at the Kendallville American Legion.

The Sagamore of the Wabash is one of the most prestigious awards granted by Gov. Mike Pence.

Moore was an army intelligence analyst in the Vietnam War and an entrepreneur, operating Don Moore Productions and Minuteman Mowing Services. He was also involved in the local community, serving as Noble County Council president, Chamber of Commerce president, Downtown Kendallville Merchants president and commander of American Legion Post 86.

He died earlier this year.

Ober represents all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.

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