Indiana State Senator Brent Waltz, 41, has been a lifelong resident of Johnson County. His family has been active in Indiana politics for four generations. Three of his four great grandfathers held elected office, two of them serving in what is currently the 9th Congressional District of Indiana. His uncle, Charles Henderson, served for 16 years (1995-2011) as Mayor of Greenwood – the largest city in the district. Waltz graduated from Center Grove High School as a National Merit Scholar in 1992. As a junior he placed sixth in the nation in public speaking at the Business Professionals of America National Conference, having been active in speech and debate since middle school. He was voted Most Valuable Player in the Indiana Academic Decathlon his senior year and won multiple medals in regional and state competition.
Waltz was active in Boy Scouts and earned his Eagle Scout at age 16, later being awarded bronze, silver, and gold palms to the rank for continue service. As part of his wilderness survival training he spent a week in the Morgan Monroe State Forest and was responsible for his own food, shelter, and fire. His first aid skills learned there became vital when, on a camping trip in southeast Kentucky, his cousin fell 60 feet from a cliff he was climbing. His cousin dislocated his hip and began going into shock. Waltz administered first aid, built a stretcher from several small trees and sweatshirts, lashed his cousin to the stretcher, and helped carry him over a mile in dense underbrush to their vehicle.
He graduated Wabash College in 3 ½ years cum laude as a history major and political science minor. He was elected by his fellow students President of the Wabash College Republicans his freshman year and took their membership from 7 to over 50 within 12 months. He was one the four original founders of the Wabash Commentary, a conservative magazine that has been in continuous publication for over 20 years. In his spare time he earned a place on the Wabash rowing team and competed regionally with the team.
In addition to his business and political accomplishments, Waltz has been active in a variety of community activities. He has served on the St. Francis Hospital Foundation, the Columbia Club Foundation, and the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Board of Advisors. He has been published in the Indiana University School of Law Review (included herein).