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home : news : local news December 14, 2017

12/6/2017 8:12:00 AM
Richardson will not seek re-election to Indiana General Assembly
Will run for county clerk in 2018
Richardsonís influence widespread in Statehouse
State Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson's spent 17 years in a key leadership role in the Indiana House of Representatives, as the first woman elected to the Republican Caucus leadership.

Richardson has announced she will not seek reelection to the state legislature, and instead will seek the Hamilton County Clerk's office in 2018.

Richardson was the first woman to serve in an elected Caucus leadership role in Indiana history. She was first elected to the position in 2000.

As Majority Caucus Chair, she was the leadership liaison between the members and staff, and help lead caucus meetings where she guided members in legislative decision making.

"Serving as a member of Leadership gave me the opportunity to be at the table when major decisions about our state were considered and have a big influence on legislation," Richardson said.

Her career started in 1976 as the Deputy Clerk of the Hamilton County Clerk's Office. By 1982 she was elected Clerk of Hamilton County and in 1992 she was elected to the House of Representatives. She continues to work in the Clerk's Office as the Election Administrator for Hamilton County.

She also serves on the Elections and Apportionment and Legislative Council.

During the 2011 legislative session, Richardson played a key role in drawing the new redistricting maps for the Indiana House, Senate and Congressional Districts to reflect the changes in population shown in the census data.

Richardson, a lifelong Noblesville resident, was once named one of five Outstanding Young Women for the State of Indiana.

State Representative Kathy Kreag Richardson

Republican Caucus Chairman

Indiana House of Representatives: 1992-Present

House District 29 includes: Portions of Hamilton County

2015 Interim Study Committee Assignments:

• Elections

• Special Interim Study Committee on Redistricting

• County Redistricting Commission

• Courts and the Judiciary

2016 Standing Committee Assignments:

• Elections and Apportionment (Vice Chair)

• Statutory Committee on Ethics (Vice Chair)

Community Activities:

• Noblesville Chamber of Commerce

• Kiwanis; Association of Clerks of the Circuit Court

• Association of Indiana Counties

• Hamilton County Fraternal Order of Police

• Humane Society for Hamilton County

• Hamilton County Historical Society

• NHS Alumni Association

• First Christian Church of Noblesville

• Noblesville Riverwalk Committee

• Hamilton County Extension Board Member

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House District 29 State Rep. Kathy Richardson (R-Noblesville) will not seek re-election to the Indiana General Assembly.

Richardson will seek the office of Hamilton County Clerk in 2018.

"I am announcing that in January I will be filing to run for Hamilton County Clerk in 2018 and I will not seek re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives," Richardson said. "I have been honored and humbled to serve the communities I love in the 29th district. We have accomplished a great deal that has established Indiana as the envy of many other states," said Richardson.

During her time in the Statehouse, Richardson partnered with Govs. Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence, and Eric Holcomb to deliver balanced budgets, lower taxes, and bring great jobs to Indiana.

Richardson also served as an elected member of the House Republican Leadership since 2000, the first woman to serve in an elected Caucus Leadership role in Indiana history.

"Serving as a member of Leadership gave me the opportunity to be at the table when major decisions about our state were considered and have a big influence on legislation," Richardson said.

Incumbent Hamilton County Clerk Tammy Baitz's announced her decision not to seek re-election earlier last week.

"Clerk Tammy Baitz's decision not to seek re-election allowed me to assess running for Hamilton County Clerk in 2018. The election process has received a great deal of attention at the federal level, and I anticipate many changes will be coming very soon at the local level. I believe Hamilton County could benefit from my experience with election law and procedures and so I have taken the decision to offer my service to our citizens as County Clerk", Richardson said.

Richardson is a prominent member of the House Elections Committee and is a crucial contributor to several of Indiana's election reform initiatives. Richardson is currently the Election Administrator in the Hamilton County Clerks Office and supervises all of Hamilton County's elections.

As County Clerk, Richardson hopes to continue her work implementing several measures to improve voter participation, such as electronic poll books, extending early voting, and explore the adoption of vote centers.

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