INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker issued the following statement regarding the caucus meeting today where Indiana House Democrats elected State Rep. Linda Lawson as House Democratic Leader:
"In accordance with today's vote, we congratulate Rep. Lawson as the new leader of the House Democratic caucus. A majority of the members of the caucus have spoken. We respect their decision, and we will support Rep. Lawson as she leads the caucus forward.
"We also want to salute former House Democratic Leader Pat Bauer for his service to the caucus and at the Statehouse. He has been a strong voice for our party during both prosperous and difficult times, and he has always advocated for working Hoosiers.
"We remain focused first and foremost on electing more Democrats to the Indiana House in November and beyond. We believe working Hoosiers and middle-class families deserve a voice in government they are not currently afforded under unyielding Republican control, and we will fight every day to bring bipartisan representation back to the Statehouse."