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Casey Cox accepts congratulations last fall after being voted to replace Phyllis Pond in House District 85.

Cox wins hazing

Late Tuesday night – after emotional debates on everything from gay marriage to drug testing – Fort Wayne Republican Rep. Casey Cox rose to the podium of the Indiana House.

He was presenting his first bill for a full vote of the chamber, and Cox knew what was coming -- a rite of passage of sorts when a newbie legislator gets picked on by the veterans.

His bill was simple – requiring the Indiana State Police to conduct a study on the use of familial DNA, which is when law enforcement use DNA collected from one family member to either exonerate or hone in on another family member.

After his quick explanation, Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, rose to chat with Cox at the microphone. The tall lawmaker from northwest Indiana regularly questions new lawmakers.

He started by shaking Cox's hand and House Speaker Brian Bosma quipped, "please extend the hand of friendship and buckle up."

Brown asked what the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee is.

Cox answered incredibly specifically, even naming the article and title of the code in which the committee was created to the cheers of fellow members.

This clearly threw Brown off, who simply said "It was very nice to meet you" and sat down.

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