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    A HOUSE RESOLUTION to honor Speaker John R. Gregg for his 16 years of distinguished service to the Indiana General Assembly and to congratulate him on his retirement from the Indiana House of Representatives.


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Second Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2002)


    A HOUSE RESOLUTION to honor Speaker John R. Gregg for his 16 years of distinguished service to the Indiana General Assembly and to congratulate him on his retirement from the Indiana House of Representatives.

    Whereas, Speaker John R. Gregg was born September 6, 1954, in Sandborn, Indiana;

    Whereas, Speaker Gregg and his wife, Sherry L. Biddinger Gregg, have two sons, John Blackwood and Hunter;

    Whereas, Before his election to the Indiana House of Representatives, Speaker Gregg worked as a governmental affairs representative for AMAX Coal Company and as a land agent for the Peabody Coal Company;

    Whereas, Speaker Gregg has also become a celebrity on the local airwaves, thanks to his Saturday morning radio show that airs on WIBC;

    Whereas, Speaker Gregg attended Vincennes University, where he received an associate's degree; Indiana University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree; Indiana State University, where he received a Master of Public Administration degree; and Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis, where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree;

    Whereas, Speaker Gregg, who was first elected to represent the citizens of House District 45 in 1986, will be stepping down from the podium for the last time at the end of the 2002 legislative session;

    Whereas, Speaker Gregg was first elected as Speaker of the House in 1996 when the general election left an equally divided House with 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans;

    Whereas, The stage was set for the election of Speaker Gregg in the 1995 session when a bill was passed to deal with the situation that is created when the Indiana House of Representatives is equally divided;

    Whereas, This bill stated that in the event of another 50-50 split, the caucus whose candidate won the governor's office in the general election should elect the Speaker of the House of Representatives;

    Whereas, For the first time in Indiana history, one Speaker presided over an equally divided House of Representatives;

    Whereas, Speaker Gregg was re-elected Speaker following the 1998 general election when Democrats took control of the House of Representatives with a 53 - 47 majority;

    Whereas, Throughout his terms as Speaker, John Gregg has implemented improvements in House procedures, including on-time convening of sessions, the support of a bipartisan clerk's office, staffing parity for both caucuses, and the prohibition of smoking within the interior hallways and offices surrounding the House chamber;

    Whereas, Many statehouse observers credit Speaker Gregg with returning civility and congeniality to the third floor;

    Whereas, Speaker Gregg has also introduced measures to help streamline the work load of legislators and staff alike, including reducing the number of standing committees from 21 to 17 by combining the duties of several committees that shared similar jurisdictions and initiating stricter adherence to House rules regarding how members vote and conduct themselves on the House floor;

    Whereas, During his tenure as Speaker, John Gregg has championed many causes, including education, campaign finance, property tax, lobby, and ethics reforms;

    Whereas, Before becoming Speaker, John Gregg served as the majority leader from 1990 to 1994 and the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives from 1994 to 1996;

    Whereas, Away from the podium and the statehouse, Speaker Gregg has always been very active in Democratic Party politics, serving as precinct committeeman from 1974 to 1986, delegate to the Indiana Democratic State Convention from 1974 to 2000, and delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1992, 1996, and 2000;

    Whereas, Speaker Gregg is active in the community, where he is a member of the Sandborn Christian Church, the Knox County Bar Association, Masons (33rd degree), the Harry Truman Club, the Sullivan County Democratic Women's Club, the Press Club, and the Indianapolis Athletic Club;

    Whereas, Throughout his career John Gregg's accomplishments have been rewarded, including an honorary doctorate degree from Vincennes University, the Governor's Heroism Award, the Hoosier Hero Award, a Sagamore of the Wabash Award, and Outstanding Freshman Legislator during his first year in office; and

    Whereas, A friend and confidant of Governors Evan Bayh and Frank O'Bannon, Speaker Gregg has never forgotten that it is the people back in a legislator's district who really make Indiana such a wonderful place in which to live: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives

of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly wishes to bid a fond farewell to Speaker John R. Gregg. The Indiana House of Representatives has seen only good things during his tenure. Legislators and staff alike will miss him greatly. His departure will leave a void that will never be truly filled.

    SECTION 2. That the Principal Clerk of the House of Representatives shall transmit a copy of this resolution to Speaker John R. Gregg and his family.