Long voted President Pro-Tem again, Mertz to serve as secretary of Senate

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Sen. David Long (R-Fort Wayne) earned a “solid vote of confidence” today as his colleagues officially selected him to remain as Senate President Pro Tempore through 2010.

Indiana State Senator David Long (R-Fort Wayne)

Indiana State Senator David Long (R) Fort Wayne

Official selection of Long as Senate leader came during “Organization Day” activities in the Indiana General Assembly as legislators prepare for the 2009 session. Long said he appreciated the continued support and was eager to get the new session started.

“I look forward to working once again with senators on both sides of the aisle to help the state maintain a balanced budget, protect education funding, permanently cap property taxes and continue job creation efforts across Indiana,” Long said.

Colleagues credited Long with helping shepherd historic property tax reforms and other key bills through the legislature during his first two years as Senate leader. He was also heralded for his open and fair leadership style and successes in professionalizing staff and modernizing technology.

Caucus members also reaffirmed Jennifer Mertz as Principal Secretary of the Senate.

Mertz was chosen by Senate leaders in September to fulfill the remaining term of longtime Senate Secretary Mary Mendel, who resigned on Aug. 22 to accept a position with Ball State University’s Bowen Center for Public Affairs.

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