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Indiana House District 53 centers on Hancock County; though solidly included in the Indianapolis metro area and among the state’s more populous counties, it still retains much of its rural heritage. The district, which also includes the rural southern reaches of Madison County, has been represented since 1998 by Robert “Bob” Cherry, a retired Indiana Farm Bureau executive who lives on his family farm in rural Greenfield. His legislative focus has been on agriculture, specifically on controlling property taxes and other costs incurred by farmers. Cherry is a longtime member of the House Ways and Means Committee and has risen through the ranks to become its vice chairman.

Sitting at the right hand of Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown, Cherry is destined to play a key role in the writing of the state’s biennial budget in 2021, a process more complicated than in recent years due to the coronavirus-triggered downturn in state revenues and uptick in expenses for schools and unemployment benefits. Republicans hold 71 of the 100 seats in the House. When opposed for reelection, Cherry has won by 3-to-1 margins; he was unopposed in 2020. – Kevin Morgan