NEWS AND TRIBUNE
Ron Grooms, R-Jeffersonville, on Tuesday announced he would seek a second term in District 46 in the Indiana State Senate.
Grooms is expected to make a formal announcement of his candidacy at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 17, at Falls of the Ohio State Park Museum, according to a press release. Grooms is a former president and member of the Jeffersonville City Council, a retired pharmacist and a small business owner. He was elected to his first term as a state senator in 2010. District 46 includes all of Floyd County and a portion of Clark County.
During the recent session of the Indiana General Assembly, which concluded in April, Grooms supported a variety of legislation including the state budget which provides more than $1 billion in permanent tax relief for Hoosiers and millions more in for funding K-12 and higher education — including grants for schools to hire trained resource officers to improve student safety — and increased funding to improve Indiana’s roads and infrastructure, according to the release. He also authored legislation to crack down on prescription drug abuse and co-sponsored legislation to expand immunization options for Hoosier children and adults by allowing qualified pharmacists to administer vaccinations.
“Every day what is foremost in my mind is doing what is best for all Hoosiers and I’m proud of the fact we were able to increase funding in crucial areas like education and transportation while also maintaining a balanced budget and providing hard-working Hoosiers with much-needed tax relief,” Grooms said in the release.
Grooms has worked on legislation addressing a variety of local issues including Senate Enrolled Act 246, the pain clinic prescribing bill and SEA 535 that provides funding for Clark Airport improvements and reorganization. In addition, he has pushed for increased funding for Ivy Tech in Sellersburg, Indiana University Southeast and Purdue College of Technology in New Albany. This year he supported an appropriation for new exhibits at the Falls of Ohio State Park in Clarksville.
“Since 2011, over 3,000 new jobs have been created by more than 10 companies that have opened in Clark and Floyd counties,” Grooms said in the release.
Grooms is a member of several Senate committees including Health and Provider Services; Homeland Security, Transportation and Veteran’s Affairs; Commerce, Economic Development and Technology and Public Policy.