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Banks Honors State Senator Luke Kenley

July 14, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) spoke on the House floor today about the career of Indiana State Senator Luke Kenley, who announced that he is retiring on September 30. Banks served with Kenley in the Indiana State Senate from 2010 to 2016.


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Text of the speech follows:


“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to one of the most influential legislators in the history of the Indiana General Assembly, Luke Kenley, who has recently announced his decision to retire after 25 years of service representing District 20 in the Indiana State Senate.


Senator Kenley was an invaluable resource and mentor during my time in the State Senate and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to learn from him.


Senator Kenley has established himself as a champion of fiscal responsibility and limited government.


We know names like Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence, but Senator Kenley does not receive enough credit for his contribution to Indiana’s fiscal strength.


His accomplishments are too numerous to fully list here, but let me list just a few.


In 2003, he led the effort to permanently repeal Indiana’s inventory tax.


He led the legislative effort to permanently cap property taxes for Hoosier homeowners, farmers, and employers.


Since 2009 he has led the Senate Appropriations Committee, during which time Indiana has had passed five balanced budgets, cut taxes, invested in priorities and built a substantial rainy day fund.


Senator Kenley has been the architect of our state’s remarkable fiscal turnaround and his impact on Hoosiers will be felt for generations to come.


With a national debt approaching $20 trillion, I think it’s fair to say we could use a lot more of Luke Kenley here in our nation’s capital


I wish him well as he prepares to step down on September 30, and thank him for his remarkable service.”




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