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Feb. 10, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS — State Rep. Terry Goodin (D-Austin) has championed a resolution that would name a portion of Interstate 65 after legendary performer John Mellencamp.
House Concurrent Resolution No. 14, passed unanimously today in the committee for Roads and Transportation, encourages the Indiana Department of Transportation to rename a portion of Interstate 65, from Exit 34 to Exit 50, as “John Mellencamp Way.”
Affectionately referred to as Indiana’s “favorite son,” Mellencamp grew up in Seymour, Indiana, drawing inspiration for his music from his small town life. Some of his greatest hits tell the story of his life in the Midwest, including “Jack and Diane” and “Pink Houses.”
“John Mellencamp’s music resonates with so many people, regardless of culture or background,” said Goodin. “His loyalty to the state of Indiana is undeniable. Not only is his band predominantly made up of Hoosier musicians, but his music reflects the heart and soul of this state.”
Mellencamp has also been recognized for his social activism and humanitarian work. Alongside Willie Nelson and Neil Young, John Mellencamp helped organize the first Farm Aid concert, raising awareness about the loss of family farms and helping raise funds to keep family farmers on their land.
He has also been a significant supporter of Indiana University’s Bloomington campus and currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana.
“John Mellencamp is truly ‘the people’s performer’,” said Goodin. “His body of work and his actions on behalf of mankind has brought positive attention to Indiana. I believe that naming a portion of the highway in his honor is a fitting tribute for his many successes.”
The resolution now moves to the House floor for further discussion.