|Erin Houchin launches congressional Campaign|
Republican State Senator Erin Houchin announced today that she will run for Congress in Indiana’s open 9th District seat in 2016.
“Our country and our state need and deserve conservative leadership in Washington,” Houchin said. “The times demand that we send a new generation of conservative leaders to Washington who will stand up for our values and fight back against the liberal, Obama agenda. It is time conservative principles started winning again.”
A pro-life conservative, Houchin was elected to the State Senate in 2014 defeating a powerful 26-year incumbent who had served as Senate Democratic Leader.
Houchin’s campaign will be co-chaired by State Senator Brent Steele and Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers.
Houchin’s campaign was endorsed today by current county chairmen across the 9th District including: Chris Lane (Floyd County), Steve Hogan (Monroe County) and Whitney Timberlake (Crawford County), and former county chairmen Sam Bond (Lawrence County), Marvin Clark (Washington County), Yvette Dowd (Scott County), Gene Moncel (Monroe County), John Noblitt (Orange County) and Marty Weaver (Morgan County). She has also been endorsed by 9th District vice chairmen, Gene McCracken (Lawrence County) and Tom Goecker (Jackson County).
Also endorsing Houchin today are Indiana State Senate Caucus Chairman Jim Merritt, State Senator Mark Messmer, State Senator Jon Ford, State Representative Lloyd Arnold, State Representative Randy Frye, State Representative Todd Huston, and State Representative Matt Ubelhor.
In the State Senate, Houchin has worked to create good-paying jobs by supporting small businesses and keeping taxes low. In 2015, Erin fought for a balanced budget for Indiana without tax increases and was a vocal advocate for adding a Balanced Budget Amendment to the state Constitution. In Congress, Houchin will fight for a Federal Balanced Budget Amendment to control the reckless spending and debt in Washington.
“Our country faces threats at home and abroad,” Houchin said. “President Obama likes to ‘lead from behind,’ while the world cries out for American leadership to stop global terrorist threats. I support a strong national defense and an active and engaged foreign policy.”
Houchin vowed to make border security, a crucial component of national security, a centerpiece of her campaign.
“Keeping Americans safe at home means finally securing our borders,” Houchin said. “While some Republicans advocate amnesty for all illegal immigrants, I don’t believe citizenship should be a reward for those whose first interaction with our country is an illegal act – no matter how well intentioned. I will oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants and work to reform our system.”
Houchin has a 100 percent voting record with Right to Life and was endorsed by Indiana Right to Life and the National Rifle Association in her 2014 campaign.
Houchin earned praise from the Indiana Manufacturers Association’s (IMA) and received a perfect score on their legislative vote analysis, which ranks lawmakers based on their votes on measures that protect manufacturing jobs, including voting for sales and income tax relief, repeal of the Common Construction Wage and a reform of the unemployment insurance system.
For her efforts to increase and expand internet broadband accessibility to communities throughout Indiana, Erin was named “Legislator of the Year” in 2015 by the Indiana Broadband and Technology Association.
Before beginning public service, Erin worked for the safety and success of children in her roles for the Indiana Department of Child Services, the Community Alliance Promoting Education, New Hope Services, and as a trainer for Prevent Child Abuse Indiana.
Erin received her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and holds a Master’s degree in Political Management from The George Washington University, where she graduated with honors.
She is a member of Mount Tabor Christian Church, where she leads summer worship and teaches 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school. Erin and her husband, Dustin, live in Salem with their three children.