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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.