Rep. Gregory W. Porter | Biography

Gregory W. Porter is a member of the 120th Indiana General Assembly. He is now serving his 13th term for the 96th House District in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is currently ranking minority member of the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee, and president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL). As member of the Indiana General Assembly he and his legislative colleagues authored Resolution No. 56 that renames the section of Interstate Highway 65 from Seymour, Indiana to Johnson County the Tuskegee Airmen Highway. Mr. Porter also holds the position of vice-president of External Affairs for the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County.

The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) is composed of nearly 700 Black state legislators across 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its primary mission is to develop, conduct and promote educational, research and training programs designed to enhance the effectiveness of its members, as they consider legislation and issues of public policy which impact, either directly or indirectly upon “the general welfare” of African American constituents within their respective jurisdictions.

As vice-president of External Affairs at Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Porter advises the president on strategies from communicating to and involving the community at large within the corporation’s goals and facilitates relationships between the corporation and external stakeholders, and acts in the capacity of a community liaison.

Porter has held a number of board positions and other leadership roles within the state and at the national level. He is past chairman of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus and past chairman of the Indiana House Education Committee. Mr. Porter served on the National Taskforce for No Child Left Behind, the Council of State Government, the NAACP, and the Earlham College African American Advisory Board. He has chaired the Education Committees of the NBCSL, Council of State Governments and National Caucus of State Legislators. He also has authored legislation that established accountability and standards for k-12 education, cultural competency, and anti-bullying.

He also serves on a variety of other community/neighborhood based organizations including:

  • Concern Clergy of Indianapolis, Inc.
  • Indiana Sports Corporation Board of Directors
  • Indianapolis Urban League Board of Directors
  • Kennedy/King Memorial Initiative – Chairperson
  • Learning Well Governing Board
  • Mapleton Fall Creek Community Development Corporation
  • National Black Nurses Association, Indianapolis Chapter Advisory Board
  • United Negro College Fund, Honorary Chair
  • Indianapolis Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen

Mr. Porter has received numerous awards not limited to but including the NAACP – 2015 Pathfinder Award, Martin Center Distinguished Sickle Cell Champion Award, Indianapolis Urban League – 2015 Servant Leadership Legacy Award, Prevent Child Abuse of Indiana Leadership Award, Indiana Early Care Education Legislative Award, Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education Award, Indiana School Counselors Association Friend of Youth Award, National Black Caucus of State Legislators Award, plus an Eagle Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Eli Lilly Legislator of the Year Award, and the Marion County Commission on Youth Holiday Honors Award.

He is a native of Indianapolis, a graduate of Shortridge High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Earlham College where he received the Outstanding Alumni Award. He has also been inducted into the Shortridge High School Hall of Fame and the Indianapolis Public Schools Hall of Fame. He graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program in 2001 and served on the Harvard working group on early childhood science and policy. He has an honorary doctorate degree from Martin University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

He is a faithful member of Phillips Temple C.M.E. church where he serves as trustee and is on the usher board. Greg and his wife Yvette, have three children, Dewayne, Amann and Carmen Elizabeth.