Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) resigned Friday as the chairman of the powerful Education & Career Development Committee. He said in a statement the position is rewarding, but it has also been demanding for him and his family.
Controversy surrounded Kruse in 2013 when he introduced a bill that would allow reciting the Lord's Prayer at public schools each day.
Sen. Jeff Raatz (R-Centerville) will become the new committee chairman in the 2019 General Assembly.
Raatz was elected to the Senate in 2014 and was a ranking member of the Education & Career Development.
“While I’ve chosen to step down as chair to spend more time with my wife and family, I believe Sen. Raatz will serve this committee well, as he strongly cares about Indiana students and the quality of their education,” Kruse said in a statement.
The legislative session begins in January.