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Randy Maxwell is Indiana's newest state senator, replacing Chip Perfect

Randy Maxwell and Anne Hathaway pose for a photo, shaking hands. Maxwell is a White man with close-cropped hair, wearing a suit. Hathaway is a White woman, with short brown hair, wearing a blue shirt and white sweater.
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Randy Maxwell, right, shakes hands with Indiana Republican Party chair Anne Hathaway after his election to the state Senate by a private Republican precinct caucus.

Construction company CEO Randy Maxwell is Indiana’s newest state senator. Maxwell was chosen by a private Republican caucus this week to replace Chip Perfect, who announced his resignation last month.

Maxwell is the owner and founder of Maxwell Construction in Guilford, in southeastern Indiana near the Ohio River.

He is set to serve out the remaining three years of Perfect’s four-year term. Perfect had endorsed Maxwell to replace him.

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Since the end of the 2023 legislative session in April, four state lawmakers have announced their resignations from the General Assembly.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.