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SUSAN GLICK

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The state’s 13th Senate District, in the northeast corner of the state, is more rural, more agricultural and much more industrial than much of the state. It includes three counties — Noble, Steuben and Lagrange — and the western part of Dekalb County. No city in the district has more than 10,000 residents. Many more of its residents make a living through agriculture than in the state as a whole. At least 3% of the jobs in each county are classified as farm jobs, compared with less than a half- percent in the state as a whole.

In this overwhelmingly white district, the largest minority group is a religious minority, the Amish — at least 10% of the district’s residents. Most of the Amish in Senate District 13 live in Lagrange County, which helps explain why 10% of the jobs in that county are farm jobs. Despite the unusually large amount of farm employment in this corner of the state, manufacturing is the king of payroll here. In Noble, Steuben and Dekalb counties, 35-38% of jobs are in manufacturing. That’s about twice the share of the workforce employed in manufacturing in Indiana as a whole. Even in Lagrange County, 27% of the jobs are in manufacturing.

Farming and manufacturing wield disproportionate clout in the district as sources of income, but the area is probably best known — and loved — by people elsewhere because of its lakes. There are more than 50 natural lakes in the district, and they cover more than 11,000 acres. Two state parks in the district — Chain of Lakes, in Noble County, and Pokagon, in Steuben County — together draw nearly a million visits a year. Lake James, the area’s largest, covers more than 1,000 acres and wraps around the west side of the 1,260-acre Pokagon State Park. Some houses in the most desirable sites on Lake James are million-dollar properties.

Politically, the 13th District is quite dependably Republican. In 2016, more than 70%  of the district’s voters backed President Trump. In 2008, when Democrat Barack Obama became the first Democrat since 1964 to win a presidential race in Indiana, voters in the counties of the 13th District backed Republican John McCain with 54-60% of their votes.

In this setting, the real election is the Republican primary. In 2020, Susan Glick defeated challenger Jeffrey Wible 61-39% in the primary. It was a strong win for her, but still a much closer race than her last race against a Democrat. In 2016, she won the general election by 76-24% against Democrat Justin Kuhnle; she was unopposed in the general election in 2020.

In the General Assembly in 2020, half of the 10 bills in which she was listed as an author pertained to natural resources or environmental protection. Two were enacted, involving the regulation of pesticides and the ability of wastewater utilities to recover infrastructure costs. Through bills that failed, she had sought to create study committees on invasive species and carbon sequestration. In all, five of the bills she wrote were enacted, including a measure that makes it easier for victims of harassment, intimidation or human trafficking to keep their addresses confidential in public records.

In 2017, Glick, an attorney, was placed on probation for two years by the Indiana Supreme Court after investigators found that she had allowed 21 estates to languish for years. The order placing her on probation also said that she had failed to keep co-executors of an estate informed of its status from 2010-2016 and had filed to file the estate’s income- and inheritance-tax returns on time.

“All attorneys strive to adhere to strict professional standards, and I’m disappointed that I failed to live up to that,” Glick told The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne. “I regret the embarrassment I’ve caused to the members of the bar and the fellow practitioners. It’s just embarrassing.” – Bob Caylor

CONTACT INFORMATION

(800) 382-9467
200 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/legislators/legislator_susan_glick_1048

EDUCATION

  • AB, Political Science and Government, Indiana University at Bloomington, 1968-1972
  • JD, School of Law, Indiana University at Indianapolis

COMMITTEES

Natural Resources (Chair); Agriculture; Corrections & Criminal Law; Judiciary; Rules and Legislative Procedure.

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. 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. No

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. No

TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Indiana Republican Senate Majority Campaign CMTE, $14,000

Indiana Chamber of Commerce, $3,235.35

Elect Republican Women, $2,500

Indiana Bankers Association, $1,750

Catalyst Public Affairs Group LLC, $1,500

Indiana Fire Fighters, $1,500

Indiana Pork Producers Association, $1,300

Indiana CPA Society, $1,250

Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Associates PAC LLC, $1,150

ELI Lilly & Co., $1,000

RATINGS

National Rifle Association Candidate Positions on Gun Rights 92
Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 75
Indiana Manufacturers Association Lifetime Positions 83
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions (4 Year Average) 85
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions 86
LEAP Forward Positions (Indianna) 0
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Positions 48
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Lifetime Positions 40
Indiana AFL-CIO Positions 44
Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 91

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Attorney

DISTRICT

Population: 130,907

Race/Ethnic Origin: 95.2% white, 0.4% Black, 0.4% Asian, 3% other, 1.1% two or more; 92.7% white non-Hispanic, 5.5% Hispanic.