• After a decade, Pat Bauer is out as Indiana House Democrat’s leader

    July 27, 2012 No comments

    Indiana House Democrats have voted to replace Rep. Patrick Bauer as their leader amid criticism over how he’s handled campaign fundraising and spending heading into the November elections.

    Members of the Democratic caucus made the move Thursday during a meeting in Lafayette. Twenty-three members of the 40-member caucus attended the meeting.

    Rep. Linda Lawson of Hammond has been chosen to be the new leader.

    Bauer led Indiana’s House Democrats for a decade and spent most of that time as House speaker. But bruising losses in 2010 gave Republicans a 60-40 majority and control of redistricting that virtually ensured Democrats would remain in the minority.

    It wasn’t immediately clear whether Thursday’s vote is binding. Bauer said Wednesday it wasn’t legitimate under caucus rules, but other caucus members disagree.

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