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.
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
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.