For immediate release:
Jan. 15, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - State Rep. Charlie Brown (D-Gary) has been selected the new chairman of the Northwest Indiana legislative delegation.
The group consists of 19 lawmakers—state representatives and senators from both sides of the aisle—who serve the counties that make up the northwest part of Indiana.
Brown succeeds State Rep. Chet Dobis (D-Merrillville), who retired in 2012.
“By working together as a single group, we can be a more effective force in responding to the most critical needs of the people who live and work in northwest Indiana,” Brown noted. “The delegation includes members from all sides of the political spectrum, but we are combined in our belief that northwest Indiana deserves equal consideration when establishing policies, particularly when it comes to economic development.”
A long-time concern for the delegation has been working with the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA), the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC), the Northwest Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council and other regional organizations that work on programs and initiatives to improve the economy and quality of life in the area.
“We will continue to explore how we can use the legislative process to assist these groups in achieving their stated goals,” Brown said. “The ultimate goal will be good-paying jobs and a better way of life for the people of northwest Indiana.”
“I also am highly interested in exploring a better working relationship between our delegation and those lawmakers who serve Marion County,” he continued. “I know that in the past, relations have been contentious between us, but I believe that we share common concerns, and pooling our resources can help us become more effective advocates for the residents of our areas.”