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DAVE HEINE

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The Indiana General Assembly was once the domain of farmers. In the mid-1800s, they often accounted for more than half of its membership; in 1861, it’s how 90 of the 150 legislators listed their occupation. By the time David “Dave” Heine arrived in 2016, the number was down to five – and, like Heine, most of them had diversified their interests beyond farming. Heine recently had retired as vice president of a national hardware chain based in his hometown, New Haven, in the rural and suburban reaches east of Fort Wayne that comprise House District 85.

In the middle of the past decade, Heine was among a group of new legislators from northeastern Indiana to unseat Republican incumbents in the primary. They usually did so by challenging them from the right as social conservatives. The ideological differences between Heine and his predecessor were not as stark as the others, but his remarks in an interview soon after his election suggested a strong conservative bent, particularly on fiscal matters. In explaining his reluctance to increase teacher pay statewide and his doubts about the portion of the state budget already spent on education, he said, “We’ve been throwing more and more money at education. What are we getting for it?”

He also dismissed concerns expressed among Indiana business leaders that the 2015 Religious Freedom Restoration Act would weaken Indiana’s economic development by making it a less attractive destination for LGBT job seekers, saying that in his role at the Do It Best hardware cooperative, “I never knew of anyone who didn’t want to come and interview because of Indiana’s laws.’’ As a legislator, Heine has kept a low profile, seldom taking the House floor to debate legislation. None of the bills on which he was primary author made it to the governor’s desk in his four sessions in the House, a rare distinction among members of the Republican majority. Heine did not vote and is listed as “excused” on the final tally for some of the key bills of the 2020 session.

His seat in the House, though, appears safe in this heavily Republican district. Heine won in 2016, 2018 and again in 2020 with more than 70% of the vote.– Kevin Morgan

CONTACT INFORMATION

(800) 382-9841
200 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/legislators/legislator_dave_heine_1

EDUCATION

  • BS, Accounting, Indiana University, 1979
  • Graduated, Executive Management Training, Ohio State University

COMMITTEES

Agriculture and Rural Development; Financial Institutions; 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. Yes

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. Yes

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. Excused

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

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. Excused

HB 1004-2020 (Health matters). Controlled surprise billing for out-of-network and other costs. Excused

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

HB 1414-2020 (Electric generation). Prohibited utilities from closing coal-fired generating plants without permission from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Excused

TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Catalyst Public Affairs Group LLC,  $1,500

American Electric Power / AEP,  $1,000

Comcast Corporation & NBC Universal,  $1,000

Indiana Association of Realtors,  $1,000

Indiana Bankers Association,  $1,000

RATINGS

Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 75
Indiana Manufacturers Association Lifetime Positions 76
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions (4 Year Average) 96
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions 89
LEAP Forward Positions (Indianna) 8
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Positions 44
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Lifetime Positions 52
National Rifle Association Candidate Positions on Gun Rights 93
Indiana AFL-CIO Positions 22
Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 84

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Former vice president/corporate officer, Do it Best Corporation

DISTRICT

Population: 65,010

Race/Ethnic Origin: 90.9% White, 4.6% Black, 1.3% Asian, 1.1% Other, 2% Two or More.