Leonard earns praise from Indiana Chamber

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) earned a 100 percent on the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Vote Analysis for his support of pro-jobs, pro-economy legislation.

Leonard’s score is based on his performance during the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly and his votes cast in agreement with the Indiana Chamber’s position on certain bills, including measures on long-term road funding, ISTEP replacement and pre-K expansion for children from low-income families.

“We want employers and citizens to take note of this report because it makes it very clear which legislators were supportive of bettering Indiana’s economic climate and which were not,” said Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar.

According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indiana’s statewide unemployment rate as of April stood at 3.6 percent, which is lower than the national average of 4.4 percent.

U.S. News and World Report ranked Indi based on fiscal responsibility, streamlined operations, improved services and enhanced transparency.

“This session, lawmakers passed the largest state and local infrastructure investment in our 200-year history while also balancing the state’s two-year budget,” Leonard said. “These efforts were possible in large part because of our proven dedication to fiscal responsibility. As an elected official, I’ll continue to support policies that keep this momentum going and help create an environment that attracts new businesses and talented workers to Indiana.”

Leonard, a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, received a four-year aggregate score of 96 percent.