State Rep. Robin Shackleford

Elected in 2012, House District 98 Shackleford serves as Ranking Minority member of the Public Health Committee. She is also on the Courts and Criminal Code Committee, and the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee. Shackleford is also chair of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus.

Shackleford is an independent life & health insurance broker. She was previously a project manager for both Crowe Horwath and Engaging Solutions consulting firms. 

Shackleford worked for Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson as the Diversity Affairs Director. Shackleford has worked as a policy and research specialist for the Indiana Health Care Association. 

Shackleford is a graduate of Indiana University and IUPUI, having earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public affairs. She currently serves as board President for Pathway Resource Center. And was a former board member for Indy Reads & Martin University. 

Other civic involvement includes National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Indianapolis Chapter; Eastern Star Church; National Black Caucus of State Legislators; Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Program; Concerned Clergy; and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Legislative Achievements

During her time in the legislature, State Rep. Robin Shackleford has fought for measures to improve the health of Hoosiers. In 2014, she spearheaded the launch of Indiana’s telemedicine pilot program. It allows patients to meet with their doctors through the Internet, improving the state’s overall health and lowering the cost of care. She has also spent the last four years working to develop a healthy food financing program.

Her efforts have led to the implementation of multiple legislative studies and the creation of a coalition of health organizations working to ensure food insecure Hoosiers gain access to nutritious dietary options.

In 2018, Shackleford's House Bill 1152 was passed, which created a traffic amnesty program to help Hoosiers who have lost driving privileges to get back on the road more quickly through reduced fees.

In 2021, Shackleford co-authored House Bill 1006, which passed unanimously through the House. The bill, a top priority for the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, defines the use of chokeholds during arrests as lethal force and penalized officers for intentionally turning off body and vehicle cameras. The bill also made it easier for the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board to decertify officers found violating regulations and requires officers to undergo de-escalation training. 

Awards
  • Next Level 2.0 Award, 2021 - Pathway Resource Center
  • New Deal Leader, 2021 - The New Deal
  • Legislator of the Year, 2020 - Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation (nonpartisan Quaker lobbying group)
  • Touchstone Award; 2019 - Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis
  • Legislator of the Year; 2019 - National Black Caucus of State Legislators
  • William "Bill" Crawford Minority Health Power Award, 2019 - Indiana Minority Health Coalition
  • Drum Major for Political and Social Justice Award, 2019 - Baptist Minister Alliance
  • Legislator of the Year, 2018 - Indiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Women in Government Honoree, 2018 - Governing Institute
  • Crystal Gavel Award; 2017 - National Black Caucus of State Legislators
  • Capitol Caregiver Award; 2017 - AARP Indiana
  • Champion Award, 2016 - Pathway Resource Center
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