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MATT HOSTETTLER

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House District 64 extends east from the Indiana side of the Wabash River, with Vincennes at its north and the outskirts of Evansville to its south. It has been represented since 2018 by Matt Hostettler, a Republican and son of former Congressman John Hostettler, who represented southwestern Indiana for 12 years on Capitol Hill. He hews to the same conservatism, particularly on social issues, displayed by his father and is seen as a likely candidate for the seat he held in Congress once Republican incumbent Larry Bucshon retires.

Even before the first day of business in the 2019 session, Hostettler had taken his place among social conservatives as one of four House Republicans to byline an op-ed in The Indianapolis Star warning against proposed hate crimes legislation. By allowing enhanced sentencing based upon a victim’s personal characteristics, the op-ed stated, the legislation would allow “prosecutors and judges the authority to prosecute and sentence based upon perceived thoughts, ideas, and beliefs.’’ To secure passage of the bill, House Republicans scaled it back to remove specific mention of gender identity and sexual orientation. Hostettler was among those who voted against it nonetheless.

Two of the bills that Hostettler authored during his first term were signed into law, one allowing candidates who decide to withdraw from a primary election an extra four days to take their names off the ballot, the other limiting legal liability of members of the government boards responsible for two bridges near Evansville. Hostettler briefly ventured into more newsworthy waters when he drafted but decided against introducing an amendment that would have put an early end to a Bureau of Motor Vehicles policy allowing a non-binary gender designation on driver licenses; the amendment would have required either a male or female designation. After a closed-door caucus of House Republicans, Hostettler said he reconsidered for parliamentary reasons; his proposed text was not sufficiently germane to the bill it would have been amending. In 2020, Hostettler was a co-author on a bill, passed and signed into law, to effectively slow down the phaseout of Indiana’s remaining coal-fired utilities.

Hostettler had no general election opponent in winning his first term; he won his second with more than 75% of the general election vote against a Democrat in 2020. – Kevin Morgan

CONTACT INFORMATION

(800) 382-9841
200 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/legislators/legislator_matthew_hostettler_1

EDUCATION

  • BS, Management, Purdue University, 2005-2009

COMMITTEES

Local Government; Public Policy; Select Committee on Government Reduction; Public Policy, Interim Study Committee

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. 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

Anheuser-Busch Co., $500
Nextera Energy, $500
Monarch Beverage, $500
Reynolds American, $500
Indiana Association of Realtors, $500
Indiana Beverage Alliance, $500
Trone, Robert Lee, $500
Trucking Industry, $500
Hoosiers for Quality Education, $500
Indiana Fire Fighters, $500

RATINGS

Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 63
Indiana Manufacturers Association Lifetime Positions 63
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions (4 Year Average) 79
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions 79
LEAP Forward Positions (Indianna) 8
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Positions 69
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Lifetime Positions 69
National Rifle Association Candidate Positions on Gun Rights 93
Advance America Positions 100

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Crude Oil Gauger/Pipeline Operator, CountryMark Refining and Logistics

DISTRICT

Population: 64,273

Race/Ethnic Origin: 96.4% White, 1.2% Black, 0.6% Asian, 0.6% Other, 1.2% Two or More.