(AP) — The top leadership position in the Indiana House changed hands Monday
for the first time in a decade with an unusual transition just as this
year's legislative session is about to wrap up.
Longtime Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma stepped down Monday and was
replaced by Rep. Todd Huston in the powerful post that largely controls
which proposals are considered and appoints leaders of its some two dozen
committees reviewing legislation.
Bosma and Huston have been close allies, and House Republicans made Huston
their new speaker pick soon after Bosma announced in November that he
wouldn't seek reelection this year to extend his 34 years in the
Bosma said the transition just before the legislative session adjourns this
week avoids confusion over House leadership and gives Huston a few days "to
get his feet wet." No other House speaker changes stretching back several
decades have been in mid-session and most have followed election outcomes
changing which party controlled majorities.
Huston is from the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers and was first elected to
the House in 2012. He was the state Republican Party treasurer and was chief
of staff for GOP former state schools superintendent Tony Bennett before
joining the Legislature.
Bosma is the longest-serving House speaker in state history with 12 years
total in the position. He was first speaker in 2005-2006, after which
Democrats regained House control for four years, but Bosma returned to the
top position he's held since 2011.
NAME: Todd Huston
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in political science, Indiana University
POLITICAL CAREER: Elected Indiana House Speaker, March 9, 2020; Indiana
House of Representatives, 2012-present; Indiana Charter School Board,
2011-12; chief of staff for Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tony Bennett, 2009-10; Indiana State Board of Education, 2005-09; Hamilton
Southeastern School Board, 2002-05
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Senior vice president of state and district
partnerships at the College Board, the New York-based company that
administers the SAT college admissions test and high school advance
PERSONAL: Married to Denise; daughter and son