Sen. Jon Ford (R-Terre Haute) announced Friday he is leaving the state Senate next month, less than a year into a new four-year term.
Ford said he is leaving the General Assembly to pursue “new professional endeavors.” In a statement, he said serving in the legislature has been one of the greatest honors of his life.
The Terre Haute legislator has been in the Senate since 2014 and was elected to a new term last November. A private Republican caucus will choose his replacement in the coming weeks.
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Ford has been influential in his time at the Statehouse on elections, as chair of the Senate Elections Committee and gaming issues – including a measure that legalized sports wagering and brought a new casino to Terre Haute.
The western Indiana Republican also worked for years to increase Indiana's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families support, which he finally accomplished this year.