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Indiana House Honors Retiring Speaker Brian Bosma

Lauren Chapman
IPB News

The Indiana House honored retiring Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) Monday as he officially stepped down from his position leading the chamber.

Bosma is wrapping up a 34-year legislative career.

Nearly a third of the 100 members of the House spoke for Bosma’s honoring resolution. They praised the Republican’s leadership during his 12-year tenure as speaker – including, as with Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis), the many things Bosma did behind-the-scenes that few ever knew about.

“But they are very impactful to the citizens of this state as well as people within this body," Pryor says. "So, thank you very much. I’ll miss you.”

Bosma reflected on his years in office, gave advice to his colleagues and praised the institution.

“It is literally the crucible of democracy in this state and you must work hard to protect it,” Bosma says.

Bosma is the longest-serving speaker in state history.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.