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JOHN CRANE

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Indiana Senate District 24 includes most of Hendricks County, second only to Hamilton among the populous suburban counties around Indianapolis, and most of more rural Putnam County to the west. It is represented by John Crane, scion of a political family that included two U.S. congressmen, one of whom ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1980 appealing to conservatives as a younger alternative to Ronald Reagan. Crane, a former youth minister who leads a faith-based leadership organization, was a first-time candidate in 2016 when he ran a successful primary challenge against an incumbent who had broken with Republican leadership in 2014 to vote against House Joint Resolution 3, which would have recognized marriage only between different genders.

In an interview after his election, Crane alluded to his desire to make the Republicans’ 4-to-1 advantage in the Senate more of a force for social conservatism: “Probably the biggest thing that caused me to run was to see some of the decisions that were coming out of the legislature. I would say especially since we have a Republican supermajority, there were some issues that I disagreed with and felt like maybe I could come down and make a difference. … I’m very interested in religious liberty, life issues, marriage, some of the social issues. I have a pretty strong background in that area.’’

In a column in the Indianapolis Business Journal in 2019, Crane argued for Republican legislative leadership’s plan to pass a hate crimes law that did not specify victim characteristics such as sexual orientation or gender identity; Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, pushing for legislation that would move Indiana off the list of states without a hate crimes law, had favored a bill that specified victim characteristics. “The inherent assumption is that getting off that list is more important than protecting the citizens in our state,’’ Crane wrote. “… When considering how to construct a hate crimes law, shouldn’t we strive to protect all victims of hate, rather than subjectively creating a list which protects only certain groups of people?”

In his first session, Crane was listed among the authors of a bill titled “possession of a firearm by an illegal alien’’ that was passed and signed into law. It added to state law a felony for which undocumented immigrants could be sentenced to 2½ years in prison. In 2019, he authored two bills, both passed and signed into law, which expanded the roles that faith-based and other community groups could take in substance abuse counseling and child welfare. Election security also has been a focus of his introduced legislation, with three bills passed and signed into law during the past two sessions. In 2020, Crane also introduced a bill to designate basketball as Indiana’s official state sport; it was assigned to a Senate committee from which it did not emerge.

Some traditionally Republican suburbs of Indianapolis have begun to reflect a realignment toward Democratic candidates; in District 24 – long a Republican stronghold – it would be a revolution. Democrats did not contest the district when Crane was elected in 2016 but fielded a candidate in 2020, Stan Albaugh, a retired Air Force colonel who served in Iraq and joined the State Department in Baghdad after his retirement. Crane won a second term with 65% of the general election vote. – Kevin Morgan

CONTACT INFORMATION

(800) 382-9467
200 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/legislators/legislator_john_crane_1

EDUCATION

  • MA, Communication and Culture, Trinity International School, 1999-2001
  • BA, History/Psychology, Taylor University, 1991-1995
  • Attended, Apologetics, Oxford University

COMMITTEES

Education and Career Development (Ranking Member), Elections, Family and Children’s Services, Pensions and Labor.

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. No

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. No

SB 1-2020 (Tobacco and vaping). Raised from 18 to 21 the legal age to buy tobacco or vaping products in Indiana. No

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. Yes

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

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. Yes

TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Families for Delph Committee, $2,500

Indiana Bankers Association, $2,000

Westfall, Jason, $1,500

Greencastle Pediatric, $1,000

Indiana Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, $600

New Millennium Building Systems, $600

Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP, $550

Schneider, Scott M., $500

Potter, David, $500

Storms, Robert, $500

RATINGS

Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 100
Indiana Manufacturers Association Lifetime Positions 84
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions (4 Year Average) 79
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions 83
LEAP Forward Positions (Indianna) 0
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Positions 40
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Lifetime Positions 51
Indiana AFL-CIO Positions 44
Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 82
Indiana Manufacturers Association Lifetime Positions 76

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Founder and CEO, Sagamore Leadership Initiative, Inc.

DISTRICT

Population: 130,443

Race/Ethnic Origin: 90.7% white, 4.4% black, 2% Asian, 1.3% other, 1.6% two or more; 89.1% White Non-Hispanic, 2.9% Hispanic.