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Democratic Sen. Karen Tallian to resign from Indiana Senate

Lauren Chapman
IPB News

The Indiana Senate will get a new member before next session. Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Ogden Dunes) announced Thursday she will resign, effective Nov. 1.

In a statement, Tallian didn’t provide a reason for her departure from the legislature after 16 years. But she told Dan Carden of the Times of Northwest Indiana that she’s "had enough." She also criticized the legislative process, with every bill "vetted, in secret, by the Republican caucus."

In her public statement, Tallian said she’s most proud of her work to make northwest Indiana a better place to live. She specifically cited protections for the Indiana Dunes, expanding the South Shore rail line and juvenile justice reform.

Tallian is also perhaps best known across the state for her ardent (and often lonely) advocacy in the Senate for marijuana legalization.

A private Democratic caucus will pick a replacement in the coming weeks to serve out the rest of her term, which ends next year.

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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.
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