The State Senate honored three retiring members today, including two Senate Democrats. Sen. Connie Sipes (D-New Albany), Sen. Bob Deig (D-Mount Vernon) and Sen. Gary Dillon (R-Columbia City) were honored by their colleagues on the Senate Floor.
Sen. Connie Sipes was first appointed to the State Senate in 1997 to serve Senate District 46, which includes Floyd County and most of Jeffersonville Township in Clark County. Since 2008 she has served as Caucus Chair for the Senate Democrats, a leadership position she was elected to by caucus colleagues.
A former teacher and principal in New Albany, Sen. Sipes is a tireless advocate for children, the elderly and the disabled. She is respected in the General Assembly as a passionate, dedicated hard-working public servant.
In 2008 she received the first-ever Empowerment through Legislative Leadership Award from the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence in recognition of her successful work to establish a 2007 law barring a spouse from making funeral arrangements if he or she is suspected of causing the death of the deceased. The law was inspired by the death of Christi Melcher, a pregnant Jeffersonville woman who was killed by her husband in 2005.
Just last month Sen. Sipes was recognized with the Welsh-Bowen Distinguished Public Official Award to for her significant contributions to higher education and Indiana University. (Read earlier blog post>)
Listen to her remarks from the floor:
Sen. Bob Deig was first elected to the State Senate in November 2006 to represent Senate District 49, which includes portions of Gibson, Posey and Vanderburgh Counties. He previously served on the Posey County Commission and Posey County Council.
Born and raised on his family’s farm in Southwest Indiana, State Senator Bob Deig is a strong voice for Indiana’s working families and an active leader of his community. In the Senate he has advocated for benefits for veterans, police and firefighters; expanded health care for children; protection of working families; and addressing inadequacies of the state’s service to low income and disabled Hoosiers in Southwest Indiana.
Listen to his remarks from the floor: