Pond Remembered As Legislative Role Model
Women in House and Senate: New Haven Republican helped blaze a trail
Rep. Phyllis Pond (R-New Haven) (photo: Indiana House of Representatives)
Current and former legislators are remembering New Haven Representative Phyllis Pond as a role model.
Pond, 82, died Sunday, a month after announcing her intention to resign due to ill health.
Evansville Representative Suzanne Crouch shared an office with Pond this year. She says Pond set an example for all legislators with her commitment to the job, even amid declining health in her final session.
Crouch and former Indianapolis Senator Teresa Lubbers say Pond set an example for women legislators specifically, in showing one could successfully balance home, job and General Assembly.
And Crouch and Lafayette Representative Sheila Klinker recall the great satisfaction Pond took in being the first woman assigned to one of the six front-row seats reserved for House leaders. Crouch says it was a testament to earning that right by winning reelection over and over.
Pond was the longest-serving female state representative in Indiana history, with 35 years in the House. She was the most senior current House Republican, and the second-longest-serving incumbent overall.