Rep. Jeff Espich will not seek re-election

Indiana State Rep. Jeff Espich, R-Uniondale, will not seek re-election after serving 40 years in the Indiana House of Representatives.

Rep. Jeff Espich

Rep. Jeff Espich

Uniondale

Indiana State Rep. Jeff Espich, R-Uniondale, will not seek re-election after serving 40 years in the Indiana House of Representatives.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported Espich sent a letter to the newspaper announcing his retirement.  In the letter, Espich pointed to other representatives like Rep. Kathy Heuer, R-Columbia City, and Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, stating they shared the same principles and would do a “great job serving their constituents.” 

Espich currently serves as the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The representative has also served as Speaker Pro Tempore, chairman of the House Labor Committee and chairman of the House Commerce Committee.

Espich was first elected into the House in 1972.

House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) released the following statement following Espich’s announcement: 

“Jeff Espich is the most dedicated and talented citizen legislator I have had the privilege of working with over the course of the past two decades.  His constant eye on the taxpayer’s bottom line and incredible attention to detail have protected the citizens of our state beyond what they will ever realize.  He will be sorely missed and fondly recalled as a dedicated and frugal public servant for many years to come. 

“On a personal note, he will be greatly missed as a close personal friend, advisor and colleague.   We wish him well in all that lies ahead.”

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