After 26 years of serving Hamilton County in the Indiana General Assembly, my time as a state representative is coming to a close. This is a bittersweet moment for me as I pursue other opportunities in the community. 
Throughout the years, I have witnessed the growth of Noblesville. In our top-rated town, entrepreneurs establish roots, local schools remain dedicated to success, public safety officials are devoted to their neighbors, leaders have come together to find solutions, and our citizens are engaged. 
As the first female elected to a caucus leadership position in our state’s history, I have overcome many obstacles on my professional and personal journey. In addition to this leadership role, I worked hard to expand the use of vote centers, centralize the counting of absentee ballots and strengthen Indiana’s election laws. Working with Judge Steven Nation on first developing the law that created the Youth Assistant Program in Hamilton County, then authoring the law that made it a statewide program, was so exciting. And now we are witnessing all of the positive effects that mentoring can have on our youth.
Throughout the years, many young folks from the community joined me at the Statehouse as a page. Hopefully your experience instilled a sense of civic-mindedness that you can carry with you into adulthood. Some of you who paged as a child years ago now have families of your own, and it has been my pleasure to see each of you grow and mature. 
Many local citizens also participated in my annual Adult Page Day. For 26 years, I hosted Adult Page Day to help Hamilton County residents learn more about state government, the historic Statehouse and other elected officials. Some joined me for several years, including Steve and Toni Dickover. I loved hosting this event, and I thank those who participated and made Adult Page Day a success. 
Many Hamilton County residents also gained professional experience as House interns, and some then joined the team as staff members. Thank you for working so hard on behalf of Hoosier taxpayers and helping Indiana rank first in the nation for government efficiency. 
From Keep Noblesville Beautiful, to David Boudia and the Noblesville Millers, I’ve had the privilege of presenting resolutions honoring the accomplishments of many groups and individuals in our community. In my opinion, Noblesville is the best city in the state and we have many hardworking and talented people to thank for that. 
Serving in the General Assembly has given me opportunities to meet some very special folks. Some of my favorites include President George W. Bush, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck and Tony Stewart. And I will always treasure time spent with my House colleagues, especially our Hamilton County delegation of Speaker Brian Bosma, Tony Cook, Todd Huston, Donna Schaibley and Jerry Torr.
Being a state lawmaker is a significant part of who I am, and I have many great memories and lasting friendships that I can hold dear in the next chapter of my life. As I retire from the General Assembly, please stay informed and remain engaged with your local elected officials. This is so important because input from citizens like you is vital to the legislative process and continued growth of Noblesville. 
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your family, and God bless.
-Kathy Kreag Richardson is a Republican State Representative from District 29, which includes Noblesville, and has served in the legislature since 1992. She also is the elections administrator for Hamilton County. You may contact her at h29@in.gov