House Public Policy Chairman Resigns to Join Pence Administration
Davis to head Office of Community and Rural Affairs
Rep. Bill Davis (R-Portland) (photo: Indiana House Republicans)
House Public Policy Chairman Bill Davis is resigning to join Governor Pence's administration.
The Portland Republican will head the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. His resignation takes effect November 3.
Davis says Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, who oversees the office, offered him the post on a visit to Jay County on October 1. After thinking about it, he says the opportunity to help boost education and economic development in rural areas was too attractive to pass up. He says it's been a focus of his volunteer work in Jay County.
Davis authored a 2011 bill raising the threshold for requiring public works projects to follow common construction wage rules. As Public Policy chairman, he was in the thick of debates over alcohol, abortion and gambling laws. He played a key role this year in killing a Senate-passed proposal to allow table games at the state's two racetrack casinos.
Davis also served on the Ways and Means Committee, and says he's proudest of being part of the successful effort to turn a state deficit into a surplus while reducing the size of government.
A spokeswoman for House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says Bosma will pick a new Public Policy chairman before the start of the new legislative session.
Davis won his fifth term in the House last year with 58% of the vote. The state Republican party will convene a caucus to choose someone to represent the eastern Indiana district in the upcoming session.
The district covers Jay and Randolph Counties, part of Delaware County, and a sliver of Blackford County.