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MATTHEW LEHMAN

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This very rural and deeply Republican district in northeastern Indiana returned Matthew Lehman to the for a seventh term in Indiana House of Representatives, where as majority floor leader he is the second most powerful member of the GOP caucus.

Lehman, who faced no opposition in the general election in 2020, was assigned the task of helping to figure out how the 2021 session of the Indiana General Assembly would complete its work amid the coronavirus pandemic. He was the chairman of a special interim study committee established to determine the best and safest alternatives to normal routines that often find lawmakers, lobbyists and citizens crammed into tight committee rooms for legislative hearings; the committee settled on legislative and rules changes that, for example, allowed House sessions to relocate to more spacious quarters in the Indiana Government Center.

Lehman, an insurance agent, has shown he knows how to navigate sticky situations as the sponsor of some controversial legislation in recent years. One measure in 2019 would have allowed payday lenders to charge interest rates at levels the state currently considers loan sharking. The Indianapolis Star reported Lehman dropped the measure after determining it didn’t have enough support to pass.

Another Lehman proposal, which became law, prohibits local governments from stopping residents from using their properties for Airbnb destinations or other short-term rentals. The measure raised howls from those who questioned how Republicans could support such a measure if they truly believed in home rule. – Greg Weaver

CONTACT INFORMATION

(800) 382-9841
200 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/legislators/legislator_matthew_lehman_987

EDUCATION

  • Certified, Insurance Counselor, 1995
  • AS, Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician, Vincennes University, 1982-1984

COMMITTEES

Financial Institutions, Insurance, Public Policy, Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation

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. 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. 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

NAIFA Indiana South, $15,500

Catalyst Public Affairs Group, $7,217

Indiana Bankers Association, $6,000

Indiana Credit Union League, $5,000

Indiana Manufactured Housing Association/RV Indiana Council, $4,000

RATINGS

National Rifle Association Candidate Positions on Gun Rights 92
Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 75
Indiana Manufacturers Association Lifetime Positions 78
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions (4 Year Average) 97
Indiana Chamber of CommercePositions95
LEAP Forward Positions (Indianna) 8
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Positions 41
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Lifetime Positions 32
Indiana AFL-CIO Positions 30
Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 86

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Partner/insurance agent, Bixler Insurance

DISTRICT

Population: 65,089

Race/Ethnic Origin: 96.1% White, 1% Black, 0.3% Asian, 1.6% Other, 1% Two or More; 94.3% White Non-Hispanic, 3.5% Hispanic