Thomas was appointed to the commission by House leaders.
He will serve on the Public Defender Commission, which will be supported and staffed by the Division of State Court Administration.
It is an 11-member commission charged to recommend standards for indigent defense in capital cases, to adopt guidelines of salary and fee schedules for individual county reimbursement eligibility and to review and approve requests for reimbursement in capital cases.
Thomas is one of two members of the House of Representatives to be appointed to the commission.
"It is a great honor to be appointed to this commission," Thomas said.
"My hope is that we are able to make well-reasoned and researched recommendations and determinations that will enable Indiana to provide high quality criminal defense regardless of the defendants' financial circumstances."
The Indiana General Assembly is a part-time legislature and meets on a two-year cycle, four months one year and three months the following year. Important statewide issues may be dealt with efficiently year-round through the use of the Interim Study Committees and Statutory Commissions.
These two types of study groups convene regularly through the remainder of the year and discuss key issues that could lead to possible legislation in the upcoming session.