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Indiana lawmakers are graded

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has handed out scores to state legislators for their voting records on pro-economy, pro-jobs legislation during the 2014 General Assembly session.

The numbers, released in the organization’s annual Legislative Vote Analysis, also contain a two-year total for each legislator.

The 2014 scores ranged from 44 percent to 100 percent. There were a total of 10 perfect marks – all in the Senate. Meanwhile, 22 legislators (16 in the House; six in the Senate) were awarded the star designation for demonstrating “conspicuous leadership on specific business issues of critical importance and/or for overall leadership.”

Nearly all of the bills included for examination can be traced back to the four driver areas and goals in the Indiana Chamber’s economic development plan.

“There’s competition for employment – both for workers and companies competing for projects – and for business location and expansion," said Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar.

“That’s why it’s important that we accelerate the pace of legislation that will have real and positive impact on the Hoosier workforce. And this report holds legislators accountable to that. It makes it clear which legislators support pro-job growth and pro-economy issues, and which legislators do not.”

Legislators who score 70% or greater for the most recent two-year voting period are eligible for endorsement by the Indiana Chamber’s political action committee, Indiana Business for Responsive Government.

Here is how area legislators fared:

  • Rep. Martin Carbaugh, R-Fort Wayne – 2014 voting: 82 percent; two-year average: 83 percent
  • Rep. Phil GiaQuinta, D-Fort Wayne – 2014 voting: 64 percent; two-year average: 61 percent
  • Rep. Kathy Heuer, R-Columbia City – 2014 voting: 94 percent; two-year average: 91 percent
  • Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, R-Syracuse - 2014 voting: 88 percent; two-year average: 91 percent
  • Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne – 2014 voting: 94 percent; two-year average: 88 percent
  • Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington – 2014 voting: 91 percent; two-year average: 88 percent
  • Rep. Robert Morris, R-Fort Wayne – 2014 voting: 88 percent; two-year average: 87 percent
  • Rep. David Ober, R-Albion – 2014 voting: 85 percent; two-year average: 81 percent
  • Rep. Casey Cox, R-Fort Wayne – 2014 voting: 91 percent; two-year average: 91 percent
  • Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn – 2014 voting: 88 percent; two-year average: 87 percent
  • Rep. David Wolkins, R-Warsaw - 2014 voting: 87 percent; two-year average: 80 percent
  • Rep. Dennis Zent, R-Angola - 2014 voting: 94 percent; two-year average: 90 percent
  • Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City - 2014 voting: 100 percent; two-year average 83 percent
  • Sen. Sue Glick, R-LaGrange - 2014 voting: 93 percent; two-year average: 84 percent
  • Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle - 2014 voting: 100 percent; two-year average: 92 percent
  • Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn – 2014 voting: 97 percent; two-year average: 89 percent
  • Sen. David Long, R-Fort Wayne – 2014 voting: 100 percent; two-year average: 92 percent
  • Sen. Thomas Wyss, R-Fort Wayne – 2014 voting: 100 percent; two-year average: 92 percent

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