NewsPublic Affairs / November 19, 2017

Pelath To Step Down As House Democrats' Leader

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Pelath To Step Down As House Democrats' Leader

Rep. Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) has led the House Democratic caucus since 2012.

Brandon Smith/IPB News

Indiana House Democrats will have a new leader after this week. Minority Leader Rep. Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) announced Sunday he’ll step down from his post Tuesday.

Pelath will remain in his House seat through the end of his term but he says he won’t run for re-election next year. Pelath and his wife recently had a baby and the Michigan City Democrat says he wants to spend more time with his family.

Pelath ascended to House leadership in 2012 after Democrats ousted former leader Pat Bauer. He’s served in his northwest Indiana seat since 1998.

The House Democrat caucus will meet Tuesday to elect a new leader.

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