INDIANAPOLIS -- A week after State Representative Nancy Michael (D-Greencastle) was chosen to fill several leadership posts in the Indiana House, the lawmaker received additional assignments that will enable her to become actively involved in legislation affecting rural Indiana.
House Speaker B. Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend) announced Thursday that Michael will serve on three additional standing House committees when the Indiana General Assembly returns for its 2009 session in January, including Agriculture and Rural Development, Small Business and Economic Development and Natural Resources.
Last week, Bauer announced Michael would serve as Assistant Whip for the House Democratic Caucus and as vice chair of the House Local Government Committee.
"I know that this is an ambitious list of responsibilities for any freshman legislator, but I have a great deal of confidence in Nancy Michael as a future leader in Indiana state government and I want to give her the chance to have something to say on the major issues before the Legislature in 2009 and 2010," Bauer said.
"I am pleased to be a member of all of these committees, because they allow me a chance to continue to explore some issues that I faced during my time in local government," Michael said. "While the Agriculture Committee usually focuses on ways to help Hoosier farmers, I also want to see what can be done to encourage rural economic development through this panel and the Small Business Committee.
"I believe that rural Indiana offers many benefits for economic development and I believe we can do more as a state to help our smaller communities become a player in the changing global economy."
Michael added District 44 has plenty to offer regarding natural resources.
"My district has a number of attractions, including Cataract Falls and Hulman Beach in the Lieber State Recreation Area and Raccoon Lake in Parke County," she said. "The Natural Resources Committee considers legislation that impacts our state parks and other historic sites and I look forward to taking an active role in this group's work."