Date: July 16, 2015
Indianapolis, Indiana – Indiana State Senator Brent Waltz (R) Greenwood formally announced today his intention to run for the 9th Congressional district of Indiana. The Congressional seat is being vacated by Congressman Todd Young as he seeks election to the United States Senate. “I congratulate Congressmen Young on his many years of public service to the citizens of our community. His record in Congress serves as remarkable example for all of us in elected office.”
State Senator Brent Waltz continued his announcement with the news that beginning tomorrow morning he will launch his “9th district in 9 days Tour” to gather support for his candidacy. “Over the next nine days I will meet with as many citizens, business leaders, and community leaders in 50 cities and towns throughout the 9th district. We’ll exchange ideas, and I look forward sharing with everyone who I am and what I stand for. The voters of the 9th district deserve to have their message carried loud and clear to Washington. My tour of the district will begin in Clark County at the River Ridge facility in Jeffersonville, IN at 9am and continue with several stops in Clark County.”
Waltz, a lifelong resident of Johnson County, has served 11 years in the Indiana Senate and serves on the powerful Appropriations Committee. He was first elected as an at-large County Councilman before unseating longtime Senator Larry Borst in the 2004 Republican primary. During his time in the Indiana General Assembly he has championed financial literacy in public schools, veteran’s issues and privacy rights. He has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association and a 100% record with Indiana Right to Life.
An Eagle Scout and National Merit Scholar, Waltz graduated with honors from Wabash College as a history major and political science minor. After college he founded his investment banking firm, The Baron Group, Inc., which specializes in venture capital and acquisitions of companies in the manufacturing and transportation industries. One of these transportation companies, Velox Express, began with less than $1000.00 for its first week’s sales and today has offices in 14 cities in 7 states, employing over 300 people. “I’ve been fortunate to have clients and companies in many of the counties in the 9th Congressional district. These experiences and relationships have made me both a better businessman and legislator. I hope to bring these valuable lessons to Washington as your next Congressman.”
Senator Brent Waltz 9th District Tour in 9 days begins Friday July 17, 2015 at the River Ridge facility in Jeffersonville ,IN at 9am; a press Q&A will follow the facility tour. Brent’s positions on issues including policy statements and voting record are available on www.brentwaltz.com. Follow Brent on Facebook: facebook.com/waltzforindiana and on Twitter: @brent_waltz.
July 18, 2015
From: The Courier-Journal
INDIANAPOLIS – For a time, when Indiana’s 9thcongressional district ran along the Ohio River, all eyes watched in November as close battles kept voters in suspense.
That’s when Democrat Baron Hill and Republican Mike Sodrel traded the seat back and forth – and before Republican Todd Young knocked Hill off seemingly for good.
But today, with a district drawn along the Interstate 65 corridor and Young running for U.S. Senate, the action has moved from the general election to the GOP primary.
Three Republicans are already in the race: Attorney General Greg Zoeller and state Sens. Brent Waltz of Greenwood and Erin Houchin of Salem.
Houchin, who was elected to the state Senate in 2014, kicked off her campaign last Wednesday, promising to fight for a federal balanced budget amendment to control what she calls “reckless” debt and spending in Washington D.C.
Waltz, who was first elected to the state Senate in 2004, announced his campaign a day later, telling voters he’ll serve with “principle and conviction” if elected to the U.S. House.
Zoeller, meanwhile, had already created a campaign committee for the congressional race but won’t publicly announce until Monday, when he’s scheduled to appear in Jeffersonville.
The race promises to be a good one – pitting three proven voter getters against one another in a district that leans Republican.
The candidates have natural constituencies in different areas of the district. Zoeller originally hails from its southern most reaches, down along the Ohio River where he grew up in New Albany.
Houchin is from Salem, which sits in the middle of the district and serves a state Senate district that encompasses much of the region.
Waltz comes from Johnson County at the northern most edge of the 9th District, an area packed with GOP voters.
And they’re each well qualified. There are no lightweights in this race.
Eleven years ago, Waltz knocked off long-time Senate Finance Chairman Larry Borst, then one of the most powerful lawmakers at the Statehouse. Since then, Waltz has been active in issues involving criminal justice and mass transit. And previously he served as president of the Johnson County Council.
Houchin has the least experience as an elected official, having served just two years in the state Senate. But she’s a former 9th District Republican chair, has helped train other candidates seeking elected office, and served as the Southeast Indiana regional director for outgoing Sen. Dan Coats.
Zoeller, meanwhile, has had a long career in politics and government. He’s in his second term as the state’s attorney general after serving as chief deputy in the office. He served a decade in private practice as an attorney and spent 10 years as an executive assistant to Republican Dan Quayle – first in his Senate office and then while he was vice president.
And they all have solid conservative credentials.
The result could be one of the best Republican battles in Indiana next year – although it might get overshadowed by the GOP Senate primary. But pay attention. It will be a good one.
July 17, 2015
A second Republican state senator is in the race for the Indiana congressional seat that Rep. Todd Young is giving up to run for the U.S. Senate next year.
Sen. Brent Waltz of Greenwood has started an announcement tour of the 9th District that runs from the southern suburbs of Indianapolis to the Ohio River counties near Louisville.
Waltz was first elected to the Indiana Senate in 2004 but told the Daily Journal of Franklin that he won’t seek re-election next year to focus on the congressional race.
State Sen. Erin Houchin of Salem also is seeking to replace Young, who wants to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Dan Coats.
State Attorney General Greg Zoeller has formed a fundraising committee for the congressional seat, but hasn’t announced a candidacy.
July 16, 2015
From: Daily Journal
A state senator who lives in Greenwood said he is planning a run for Congress.
Republican Brent Waltz, who represents areas of White River Township and southern Marion County, plans to run for the 9th Congressional District seat next year.
He joins Salem Republican Erin Houchin, also a state senator, who announced her candidacy Wednesday for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Todd Young. Young, a Republican, does not plan to run for re-election next year because he plans to seek office as a U.S. senator. U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, a Republican, is not seeking re-election.
Houchin said Thursday she decided to run because she didn’t think the country could afford to wait for conservative leadership.
“We have been on the wrong path for the past years,” she said. “We have to fight back against that liberal agenda.”
Houchin has served one year in the General Assembly after defeating longtime Democratic Sen. Richard Young in the 2014 election. She is a former regional director to Coats and previously was a state child welfare case manager.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller also formed an exploratory committee to consider a run. Waltz said he has announced his plans to run but has not yet formed a committee, though he plans to.
Waltz said he will not seek a fourth term in the state Senate, instead focusing on his bid for Congress.
Waltz grew up in Johnson County, served on the county council and has represented parts of the county in the state Senate since 2004.
Voters will cast ballots in races for Congress, president, governor and other state and county offices next year.
The 9th Congressional District represents much of southern Indiana, from Greenwood to the Ohio River. But Johnson County has the largest population of any of the counties included in that district, Waltz said.
Waltz said he believes he is a strong candidate because he would continue to talk to constituents and local residents to know how to best represent them at the federal level.
“Hardly a day goes by where I’m not talking to constituents,” he said. “It should be just as easy to call a congressman as it is to complain about snow removal.”
He said he decided to run for office after getting experience working with the federal government as a state senator and seeing what needs to be changed. His top priorities are to strengthen the country’s immigration policies and to control federal spending.
Waltz said he is not anti-immigration but is against illegal immigration, and he believes the country’s borders need to be better controlled for multiple reasons, including national security.
During his time at the Statehouse, he has been most proud of bringing education about financial literacy into schools, making sure infants’ blood oxygen levels are monitored in hospitals to look for heart defects and being a co-author of legislation that put caps on how much people pay in property taxes, he said.
He also was involved in legislation that prohibited Interstate 69 from running through Perry Township in Marion County.
“I will continue to represent local interests and listen to people,” Waltz said. “That is the single most important thing one can do.”