State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon
Elected to the Indiana General Assembly in 2006, Mara Candelaria Reardon was the first Latina elected to the Indiana House of Representatives.
She serves in Indiana House District 12, which encompasses all of Munster, all of Highland, and parts of Griffith and Hammond.
On Nov. 7, 2018, Mara was elected Indiana House Democratic Caucus Chair. She also now serves as the chair of the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs, a national nonpartisan organization comprised of the elected Latino officials serving in various state leadership positions.
Candelaria Reardon is currently the ranking minority member of the Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation. She is also a member of the Roads and Transportation Committee as well as the Utilities, Energy and Telecommunication Committee.
During her time in the House of Representatives, Candelaria Reardon has served on the Ways and Means, Education, Environmental Affairs, Government and Regulatory Reform, and Small Business and Economic Development committees, specializing in budget and fiscal issues.
Born in East Chicago, she comes from a family of community activists and public servants. Her introduction to public service began while working for U.S. Congressman Pete Visclosky as a Federal Projects Coordinator. She also previously served as executive director of the Lake County Drug-Free Alliance.
Additionally, Candelaria Reardon has served on the Indiana Commission for Women, Market Development Recycling Board, Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise Commission, Hispanic/Latino Affairs Commission, and the Indiana Commission to Combat Substance Abuse.
She is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs, serves on the National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund Board of Directors, and is a member of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.
Candelaria Reardon has been married to her husband, Matt, for 20 years and they reside in Munster with their two teenage children. She is a principal at MCR Partners, Ltd., a consulting firm specializing in development, government affairs and economic development finance.
State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon was the co-author of successful legislation that provided the funding needed to finish and maintain the Little Cal levee. Working across the aisle, Reardon was able to help reach a consensus that placed Lake County in a better position to ensure adequate flood control for its residents. Reardon is also a staunch supporter of improving the overall health of Hoosiers and played a key role in implementing Indiana’s statewide smoking ban.
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