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Indiana Sen. Ron Grooms to step down from seat next month

Courtesy of the Indiana Senate Republican caucus

The Indiana State Senate will have another new member in the coming weeks. That’s as Sen. Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville) announced Thursday he’s resigning his seat, effective next week.

Grooms was first elected to his southern Indiana district in 2010. The Jeffersonville pharmacist authored legislation to address overprescribing of controlled substances and has been a leader in promoting the arts throughout the state.

In a statement, he said he looks forward to “pursuing new opportunities, spending more time with family, playing a bit more golf and relaxing with a good book.”

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Grooms had already announced he would not run for another term next year. Now, his successor – chosen by a private Republican caucus – will have the option to run as an incumbent, although they’ll be in a race with another fellow Republican senator after the district lines were redrawn this year.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.