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MIKE SPEEDY

Republican Birth Date: 08/15/68

Indiana House District 90 takes in most of Franklin Township and part of Perry Township, arguably the strongest of Republican strongholds left in Marion County. It has been represented since 2010 by Mike Speedy, a former Indianapolis City-County Council member whose voting record has lined up reliably with House Republican leadership and the conservative leanings of his largely suburban and rural constituency. One of his more notable moments came in arguing in 2018 for a so-called payday loan bill which would have allowed subprime lenders to offer short-term loans at three times the APR, a provision that critics decried as predatory. Supporters said it offered a way for those with bad scores to rebuild credit, a benefit Speedy described as “hillbilly venture capital.’’

Speedy succeeded a more moderate Republican who had to fend off primary challenges from the right in his final terms; Speedy has enjoyed a clear path to the nomination during his decade in the House. He draws Democratic challengers in the general election but has won with 60% or more of the vote; two of his last three wins came over Tim Jeffers, a prominent Indianapolis Democrat who once was the party’s nominee for Indiana Secretary of State. In 2020, Speedy won 64% of the general election vote over a Democratic opponent who announced on his Facebook campaign face in August that he was suspending his campaign to deal with personal matters.

CONTACT INFORMATION

(800) 382-9841
200 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/legislators/legislator_michael_speedy_1038

EDUCATION

  • JD, Law, Indiana University, Indianapolis, 1992-1995
  • BS, Real Estate Finance, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, 1986-1990

COMMITTEES

Financial Institutions; Roads and Transportation; Utilities, Energy and Telecommunication.

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. 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. 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

Indiana Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives,  $1,000

Zink Properties,  $1,000

Trucking Industry,  $1,000

Indiana Bankers Association,  $750

AT&T,  $500

RATINGS

Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 88
Indiana Manufacturers Association Lifetime Positions 80
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions (4 Year Average) 92
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions 81
LEAP Forward Positions (Indianna) 38
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Positions 43
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Lifetime Positions 36
National Rifle Association Candidate Positions on Gun Rights 100
Indiana AFL-CIO Positions 33
Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 82

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Owner, American Villages Properties, CCIM.

DISTRICT

Population: 64,898

Race/Ethnic Origin: 89.4% white, 3.5% black, 3% Asian, 2.2% other, 1.9% two or more, 87.4% white non-Hispanic, 4.1% Hispanic.