Landske Chooses Not To Seek Re-Election
January 10, 2014 — TheStatehouseFile.com
INDIANAPOLIS — Sen. Sue Landske, R-Cedar Lake, announced Thursday that will not seek re-election to Senate District 6.
Landske announced in November that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer. She is receiving treatments at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Broadway Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Ind.
“This was a very difficult decision for me to make,” Landske said. “However, I know that I must do what is best for my health and best for the Hoosiers that I serve in Northwest Indiana.”
Landske served as the Center Township Assessor from 1978 to 1984 before she was first elected to the Indiana Senate in 1984. She had also served in the National Guard Reserve as a colonel.
She serves as the assistant president pro tempore and is chair of the Senate Elections Committee.
Sen. President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, commended Landske on her dedication to the Senate.
“Sue Landske has been a great leader for the people of Northwest Indiana for more than 30 years,” Long said in a statement. “She has always been a passionate, hardworking servant for her constituents and a steady, influential voice with her Senate colleagues. We will miss her greatly.”
Landske authored a bill to offer Hoosier Purple Heart recipients free tuition to state colleges and universities in 2009.
“The legislation was a fitting thank you and an opportunity for them to receive the education they need to be successful in their future endeavors,” Landske said.
She authored reforms in 2010 which established objective guidelines for creating legislative and congressional districts that required an in-depth bipartisan review of best redistricting practices used by other states.
In 2011, Landske also authored legislation to promote women entering the engineering field, establishing Indiana’s “National Engineers Week.” The legislation also began the annual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,” as a way to encourage more Hoosier women to get involved in engineering.