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Indiana Bids Farewell to Andy Jacobs in Statehouse Service

15-term congressman died last week at 81

1/3/2014


Former Indiana Congressman Andy Jacobs Jr. (file photo)

Political allies and opponents of former Indiana Congressman Andrew Jacobs Jr. are paying their last respects at the statehouse.

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Governor Mike Pence arrived in Congress four years after Jacobs left, but Jacobs was a guest on the radio talk show Pence hosted before returning to politics. He says there was "a kindness and a decency" about Jacobs that allowed even those who disagreed with him politically to like and admire him.

Pence and Seventh District Congressman Andre Carson, who holds Jacobs' old House seat, were among the speakers at Jacobs' funeral, beside the Korean War veteran's flag-draped casket.

Indianapolis State Representative Dan Forestal knew Jacobs through his family before he ran for the House two years ago. He recalls Jacobs not only endorsed him, but invited him to his home and spent five hours with him offering advice on how to be an effective legislator.

Indianapolis State Senator Patricia Miller was Jacobs' classmate at Indiana University -- the two lived in different residence halls in the old Graduate Residence Center. Miller says the reconnected after entering politics in opposite parties, and recalls Jacobs came to the statehouse to testify on behalf of a bill she authored to combat pediatric AIDS.

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