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CAREY HAMILTON

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Indiana House District 87 encompasses much of the northeast side of Indianapolis, extending from the commercial corridors of Castleton around I-465 into the Washington Township enclaves of Meridian Hills and Williams Creek. It is a suburban and generally affluent constituency that was reliably Republican until 2012 when first-time candidate Christina Hale unseated a six-term incumbent by 51 votes. Hale’s popularity and a political realignment in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis gradually increased Democrats’ hold on the district, and when Hale resigned in 2016 to make an unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor, her successor was community environmental advocate Carey Hamilton.

Before serving as a representative, Hamilton owned an environmental consulting firm. Early in her career, Hamilton served as a program manager for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. News coverage after her selection in 2016 by a party caucus identified bipartisanship as one of her goals.

As a legislator, Hamilton has advocated for women’s rights and firearms safety as well as environmental protections, though as a member of a Democratic minority still outnumbered 2-to-1, few of the bills that she introduces make it out of committee. In 2018, she introduced a bill that included Republican co-authors, was passed and signed into law; it limited the liability of owners of property along recreational greenways such as the Monon Trail in Hamilton’s district when someone is injured while using their property to access the greenway. In 2019, Hamilton was primary author on a bill to create a state tax credit aimed at defraying the costs of child care and other expenses when mothers return to the work force; the bill did not make it out the House Ways and Means Committee but was among those highlighted by Hamilton and three other women in the House Democratic caucus as efforts to close the gender pay gap in Indiana. Also in 2019, Hamilton joined Ed DeLaney, who represents an adjacent district in Indianapolis, in urging passage of legislation that they had authored aimed at reducing gun violence. In 2020, Hamilton also proposed a resolution to create a bipartisan task force for the purpose of recommending public policy action to combat climate change; it also failed to emerge from the committee to which it was assigned.

Hamilton won reelection in 2018 by more than 7,000 votes, a landslide compared to the margins Hale enjoyed, and increased the margin to 9,000 over her Republican opponent in 2020. — Emily Schabes

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

(800) 382-9842
200 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/legislators/legislator_carey_hamilton_1

EDUCATION

  • Graduated, Executive Director Leadership Program, Institute for Conservation Leadership, 2013
  • Graduated, Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Program, 2011
  • BA, Indiana University at Bloomington

COMMITTEES

Financial Institutions, Environmental Affairs, Ways and Means.

KEY VOTES

SB 198-2019 (Sentencing, bias crimes). Allowed longer sentences in crimes based on personal characteristics, stripped of references to sexual orientation, gender identity and race. No

SB 516-2019 (Regulation of hemp). Allowed cultivation and regulation of hemp products in Indiana, did not change marijuana laws. Yes

HB 1001-2019 (State budget). Set funding for state agencies and services, including 2.5% annual increases for education, though not directly for teacher salaries. No

HB 1004-2019 (School safety). Increased access to funding for security systems and resource officers, was stripped of provisions for mental health screening. Yes

HB 1015-2019 (Various gaming matters). Allowed sports betting statewide and table games in more casinos, relocated a casino in Gary and authorizing a new one in Terre Haute. Yes

SB 1-2020 (Tobacco and vaping). Raised from 18 to 21 the legal age to buy tobacco or vaping products in Indiana. Yes

SB 148-2020 (Zoning and housing matters). Was amended to overrule local tenant protection measures like those in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Merrillville. Vetoed by governor. No

HB 1004-2020 (Health matters). Controlled surprise billing for out-of-network and other costs. No

HB 1070-2020 (Distracted driving). Made it an infraction to handle a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Yes

HB 1414-2020 (Electric generation). Prohibited utilities from closing coal-fired generating plants without permission from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. No

TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Indiana Democratic Party, $4,500

Carter, David, $1,500

Carter, Marta, $1,500

Indiana Association of Realtors, $1,000

Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, $1,000

Stack, Ann M., $1,000

Indiana Bankers Association, $750

Hoffman La Roche, $500

Indiana Credit Union League, $500

Indiana Beverage Alliance, $500

RATINGS

Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 44
Indiana Manufacturers Association Lifetime Positions 40
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions (4 Year Average) 59
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions 59
LEAP Forward Positions (Indianna) 71
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Positions 100
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Lifetime Positions 97
National Rifle Association Candidate Positions on Gun Rights 33
Indiana AFL-CIO Positions 100
Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 50

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Executive Director, Indiana Recycling Coalition; Co-Chair, Environmental Programs Committee.

DISTRICT

Population: 65,113

Race/Ethnic Origin: 75.4% White, 14.8% Black, 3.4% Asian, 4% Other, 2.4% two or more; 72.6% White Non-Hispanic, 7.1% Hispanic.