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Dermody Named New House Public Policy Chairman

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November 21, 2013 — TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Tom Dermody will be the new chairman of the House Public Policy Committee.

Dermody, a Republican from LaPorte, will replace Jim Davis, who left the legislature to become the director of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

“Tom is a man of integrity and I am confident that he is right person for this job,” said House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, who appointed him to the post.

“Tom has exhibited strength in leadership, both in his role as the assistant majority floor leader and as the chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee.”

Bosma said that as the chairman of the Public Policy Committee, Dermody “will deal with tough issues. I have total confidence that Tom will carry out the duties of his new responsibility with honor and fairness.”

The committee tackles issues related to gambling, alcohol, abortion and guns.

Dermody said he was honored by the appointment.

“Like my colleague, Rep. Bill Davis, before me, I will work to find common ground on important public policy issues affecting our state,” Dermody said. “I am eager to serve in this new capacity in order to affect policies that will impact and significantly benefit the lives of all Hoosiers.”

Dermody was elected to the legislature in 2006.

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(From the AP) — Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma named a member of his Republican caucus leadership team to run a powerful committee that may shape the fate of a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Bosma named Represenative Tom Dermody of LaPorte to chair the House Public Policy Committee. Dermody, the Republican Party assistant House floor leader, replaces Representative Bill Davis of Portland, who resigned his seat last month to join the Pence Administration.

 
The same-sex marriage constitutional amendment went through the House Judiciary Committee in 2011, but in other years has gone to the Public Policy Committee.

Dermody voted for the amendment in 2011 but isn’t saying how he’ll vote during the upcoming session or how he’ll handle the amendment if it lands in his committee.

If the Legislature approves the amendment, it then goes before voters.

 

 

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