Introduced Version



     A SENATE RESOLUTION to honor Senator Joseph Harrison for his many years of dedicated service to the citizens of Indiana and to congratulate him upon his retirement.


     , read first time and referred to Committee on


Second Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2006)



    I offer the following resolution and move its adoption:

    A SENATE RESOLUTION to honor Senator Joseph Harrison for his many years of dedicated service to the citizens of Indiana and to congratulate him upon his retirement.

    Whereas, after graduating from Attica High School in 1949, Senator Joseph Harrison attended Purdue University. Senator Harrison left Purdue in 1952 to attend the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and graduated in the top ten percent of his class in 1956. After graduating from the United States Naval Intelligence Postgraduate school in 1957, Senator Harrison served on active duty with the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington until returning to civilian life in 1960;

    Whereas, Senator Harrison was first elected to the Senate in 1966. For four decades, he has represented District 23, which has included the following counties: Benton, Boone, Clinton, Fountain, Hendricks, Montgomery, Parke, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, and Warren counties;

    Whereas, serving in many leadership positions within the Senate, Senator Harrison has set an example for other legislators. Presently Senator Harrison holds the position of

Floor Leader Emeritus and has served as Chairman of the Senate Pensions and Labor Committee since 1979. During his years at the Senate, Senator Harrison has also served as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee from 1975-1976 and as Senate Majority Floor Leader from 1979-2004, which is the longest tenure for any Senate Majority Floor Leader in state history;

    Whereas, during his tenure, Senator Harrison authored corporate takeover legislation that has become the model for the nation and co-authored Indiana's first products liability defense statute that made Indiana the first industrial state to enact such legislation. He also authored the landmark Tort Reform legislation in 1995 and has authored or sponsored every major piece of legislation in the area of worker's compensation, unemployment compensation, workplace safety, and worker freedoms in the last thirty-four years;

    Whereas, outside the legislature, Senator Harrison was vice president of his family's business, Harrison Steel and Castings. He and his wife Ann reside in Attica and have six children and twelve grandchildren;

    Whereas, Senator Harrison has received the following awards for his service to his community: Indiana Park & Recreation Association's Outstanding Legislative Award in 2004, Professional Firefighters Outstanding Service Award in 1995, Indiana Chamber of Commerce's Government Leader of the Year in 1991, the National Republican Legislators Association's National Republican Legislator of the Year in 1989, Sagamore of the Wabash, and Kentucky Colonel;

    Whereas, in 2001, the Indiana Manufacturers Association created a lifetime achievement award in Harrison's honor and named him as the first recipient. The only recipient to date, he received the Senator Joseph W. Harrison Legislative Service Award in 2001 for his dedication to his constituents and the business communities across Indiana; and

    Whereas, after four decades of service to District 23 and the State of Indiana, Senator Harrison announced that he would not seek re-election in 2006. Senator Harrison is retiring after serving longer than any member in the history of the Indiana State Senate: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the

General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. That the Indiana Senate honors and congratulates Senator Harrison for his dedicated service in the Indiana Senate representing District 23 since 1966.
    SECTION 2. That the members of the Indiana Senate are proud to have served with Senator Harrison during his long and distinguished career.
    SECTION 3. The Secretary of the Senate is hereby directed to transmit a copy of this Resolution to Senator Joseph Harrison and his wife, Ann, and each of their six children.