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Karen Tallian running for new term in State Senate

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State Senator Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, has announced she is seeking re-election for Senate District 4 in the Indiana State Senate.

Tallian filed for re-election on Jan. 15, and no opponent has filed to run against her. The filing deadline was February 7.

Tallian was appointed to the seat in 2005 and elected to a full term in 2006 and again in 2010. Senate District 4 includes portions of Porter and LaPorte Counties.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the people of this district,” Tallian said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to the upcoming campaign. Northwest Indiana faces unique opportunities and challenges. I am committed to strongly advocating for my region in Indianapolis.”

While in the State Senate, Tallian has taken a leading role in protecting working families on issues involving labor concerns, health care, criminal justice, and environmental protection. She has authored legislation to protect Lake Michigan, and to provide automatic monthly deductions to pay property tax bills. She was instrumental in securing improved benefits for the Indiana Worker’s Compensation statute, and in rewriting Indiana’s mortgage foreclosure statute to provide more safeguards.

“Senator Tallian is tireless in her efforts to fight for Indiana families,” said Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson. “At the same time, her background and experience have made her a leading voice in crafting the State’s budget and providing sound advice on tax and fiscal matters. She is a true champion for the people of her district.”

Tallian has been a conferee on critical issues, and was instrumental in passing legislation in 2009 to fix Indiana’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. As Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, she also was a conferee on the state budget passed in 2013.

Tallian is the Senate Democrat appointment to the State Budget Committee, and recently helped secure funding for the expansion at Purdue North Central as well as for the Ivy-Tech/IUN project in Gary.

“In the coming years we need to work to expand the RDA, lure better paying jobs to the region and more appropriately fund our schools and local governments,” Tallian added. “The proposal to eliminate all business personal property taxes without replacing that revenue to operate local governments for police, fire and roads is irresponsible, and I will continue to press for reasonable fiscal tax policy.”

In addition to her work on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tallian serves as the Ranking Minority Member on the Pensions and Labor Committee and has served also on Energy and Environmental Affairs, Corrections, and Criminal and Civil matters. She recently was also appointed to the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.

Tallian has had a long standing law practice in Portage, and has served her community in a variety of capacities, including previous counsel to the Porter County Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Portage Township Trustee. She is currently attorney for both the Portage Fire Department Merit Board and the Portage Police Merit Board.



Posted 2/13/2104