Rep. Terri Austin | Biography

State Representative Terri Austin was first elected to the Indiana General Assembly in 2002. She represents the City of Anderson and portions of Madison County. Recently elected to her seventh term, Terri serves as the Democratic Caucus Whip. She has also served on the additional legislative committees including Public Policy, Insurance, and Legislative Rules & Procedures. Past committee assignments have included Ways & Means, Small Business & Commerce, Technology, Research & Development, and Financial Institutions. She served as chairman of the Transportation Committee from 2008-2010. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Indiana State Museum.

During her time in the House, she has championed legislation to help improve the lives of Hoosiers and to advance the state’s economic climate through transportation, technology, education, small business, and workforce development. She serves as a founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Small Business Caucus.

In 2005, she authored Indiana’s landmark law to protect small business from government intrusion and burdensome regulations. In 2007, she was awarded the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for her leadership and support of small business issues. In 2009 she was awarded the “Friend of Economic Development” by the Indiana Economic Development Association for her work to create new incentives and investment in technology and high tech businesses. She has also been recognized as Legislator of the Year by the Indiana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Operators, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, and the Indiana Chiropractors Association.

Rep. Austin a member of the Board of Trustees for Women in Government, a national nonprofit, bipartisan organization of women state legislators. From 2008-2010 Terri served as the co-chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Task Force on Public Private Partnerships in Transportation. She has also served as the Vice-Chair of the Transportation Committee and the Economic Development, Trade & Cultural Affairs Committee. She is currently a member of the NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Standing Committee. Terri has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences on education and the workforce, transportation and infrastructure policy and transportation funding.

In addition to her legislative responsibilities, she has served as a full-time and Adjunct Professor of Education at Anderson University from 2003-2011. Prior to joining Anderson University, she served as a classroom teacher and administrator for Anderson Community Schools for twenty years. She is also a past member of the Region 5 Workforce Development Board for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Terri is married to Michael Austin, an attorney in Anderson. They are the parents of two adult sons. She is a member of the Park Place Church of God in Anderson.