TERRE HAUTE -- Republican Jeff Lee, Senior Pastor of Union Baptist Church and former Terre Haute Police Liaison for local schools has filed his candidacy for House District 46.
Current District 46 State Representative R.Brooks LaPlante, also a Republican, announced last week he is not seeking reelcction to the seat which represents portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.
"My background in law enforcement has made me all too aware of many problems facing south-central Indiana," Lee said. "Methamphetamine labs are a constant nuisance and a danger to our children. One of my priorities in the Legislature will be working to stop the spread of this dangerous drug and make sure those who produce it are held accountable."
Lee is a graduate of Tcrre Haute South Vigo High School and attended Indiana State University. He has served as a deputy for the Sullivan County Sheriffs Department and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 1995. He has extensive law enforcement experience, including serving as a member of the South Central Indiana Narcotics Strike Force and the Special Response (SWAT) Team of the Terre Haute Police Department. He is a certified law enforcement instructor and has also served as a detective and police liaison to the Vigo County Prosecutor. Lee became an ordained minister in 2000 and currently serves as Chaplain for the Terre Haute Police Department.
"I am just as concerned about problems plaguing our society as I am with problems facing our economy," Lee said. "We must have strong families and strong communities if we are to make Indiana an even better state in which to live. In the General Assembly I intend to be an advocate for the family as well as for fiscal responsibility and government accountability."
Lee and his wife, Christie, have three daughters, Hannah, Cami and Madison.
This campaign ann-ouncement was submitted by the House Republican Campign Committee.