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INDIANAPOLIS – After more than three decades of service at the Statehouse, State Sen. Pat Miller, R-Indianapolis, will not seek re-election this fall.
“Representing our local community at the Statehouse has been a humbling and fulfilling experience,” said Miller in a statement. “Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in many important issues facing Hoosiers, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve.”
Miller has served in the Senate since 1983. She also served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1982 to 1983.
As the chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services since 1993, Miller has been a leader in Indiana health care policy. In 2007, she sponsored legislation creating the Healthy Indiana Plan. The program has since evolved into the current HIP 2.0 program, which provides health coverage for more than 350,000 uninsured Hoosiers.
Miller is also known for her legislative efforts to create a cooling-off period for lawmakers before being lobbyists. She also authored legislation creating Indiana’s Silver Alert program to alert the community and law enforcement of adult Hoosier who may have gone missing and could be in danger.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said Miller will be greatly missed.
“For more than 30 years, Pat Miller has been a pillar of the Senate Republican Caucus,” Long said. “She brings a true servant’s heart to her work and is a model of effective public leadership. Most importantly, she is a person of unquestioned integrity, fairness and character.”
Miller said she is grateful for her time at the Statehouse.
“Though this decision has not been easy to make, I look forward to being able to spend more time with my family, including my husband who retired four years ago, and our grandchildren, who are growing up quickly,” Miller said in a statement.
Miller’s term expires in November.
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