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Holdman to Lead Senate Tax Policy Committee

Three-term senator has been panel's ranking Republican behind departing Hershman

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Senate Republicans have picked a replacement for Tax and Fiscal Policy Chairman Brandt Hershman.

Markle Senator Travis Holdman has been the ranking Republican on the committee behind Hershman the last three years. The three-term senator says the committee will have a heavy load in the upcoming session, but a lot of those bills will be what he calls "maintenance-type" legislation, not new initiatives. He says he hasn't had a chance to review them in detail -- including some he'll now be sponsoring. He says Hershman (R-Buck Creek) added him as a second author to his own bills last week, days before announcing his resignation to take a job in the Washington office of the Barnes and Thornburg law firm.

Holdman says Hershman let him know three weeks ago he was likely to take the Washington job, and that he'd be recommending Holdman as his successor. He says Senate President Pro Tem David Long called him last week to offer the appointment.

Holdman says Hershman has built a national reputation on tax issues and will leave "big shoes to fill." But he says he's learned a lot about the broader issues he'll be dealing with from listening to Hershman and former Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley at the committee's meetings.

Kenley retired this summer, putting new chairman in charge of both the Senate's fiscal committees. Bremen Republican Ryan Mishler will chair Appropriations.

Martinsville's Rod Bray will replace Hershman as Senate majority leader. Lawrenceburg Republican Chip Perfect will take Holdman's old position as Insurance and Financial Institutions chairman.

Republican precinct leaders in Hershman's district will caucus to choose someone to serve the three years remaining in his Senate term. A date for that meeting hasn't been set.

Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) (Photo: Indiana Senate Republicans)

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