State Rep. Ed DeLaney
State Representative Ed DeLaney is a retired lawyer. He has both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Shortly after DeLaney married Ann McGovern, he began his service as a junior officer in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Harvard Law School with honors in 1973 and began work in Indianapolis at the firm now named Barnes and Thornburg.
DeLaney has served as an advocate for businesses and individuals in matters ranging from business disputes to estate litigation, election law and First Amendment litigation. DeLaney has represented the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in an arbitration hearing under the Dayton Peace Accords. He speaks Russian fluently.
DeLaney currently serves as a member of the Education Committee as well as the Ways and Means Committee. He is also the Assistant Democratic Caucus Chair.
He was the founding lawyer for Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc., which is now an international organization with thousands of members. He recently retired as a partner in the law firm of DeLaney and DeLaney, where he worked with his wife, Ann, and his daughter, Kathleen. For several years, he was an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington.
DeLaney has been active in his community. He served former Governor Evan Bayh as chair of the Indiana Development Finance Authority from 1990 to 1996. He has been a member of the Indianapolis Police Merit Board and president of the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Council, where the family has been a member for more than 40 years. He served the Indianapolis Bar Association on its Judicial Evaluation Committee.
He has been an election monitor for the International Republican Institute in Russia. For some 25 years, DeLaney has trained both groups and individuals in the skills of being an advocate. His experience has been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America and the Indiana Super Lawyers.
DeLaney and Ann married in 1967 and have been blessed with three adult children: Kathleen, with whom they practiced law; Jennifer, a physician in St. Louis; and Tim, who is a partner at an Indianapolis law firm. They have eight active grandchildren.
Representative Ed DeLaney has been a key advocate for both judicial and criminal justice reform in the state of Indiana. He has fought to protect taxpayer rights by pointing out the risks in using public- private partnerships in such areas as roads and health care. DeLaney has been a supporter of tax benefits for Hoosier families, and led the debate against the Religious Freedom Act (RFRA) in 2016.
- Small Business Champion; 2009 – Indiana Chamber
- President's Award; 2017 – Indianapolis Bar Association for his work on judicial reform
- Outstanding Service in the Public Interest; 2016 – Indiana Optometry
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