January 09, 2014
State Sen. Sue Landske (R-Cedar Lake) announced today she will not seek re-election to Senate District 6 in 2014.
“This was a very difficult decision for me to make. The Indiana Senate has been a part of my life for a long time,” Landske said. “However, I know that I must do what is best for my health and best for the Hoosiers that I serve in Northwest Indiana.”
In November, Landske announced that she has been diagnosed with lung cancer and is receiving treatments at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Ill and Broadway Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Ind. Since that time, she has continued to serve her constituents in northern Indiana, and will continue to do so throughout the remainder of her tenure.
“I appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers and want to thank all of you for your support during this time,” she said.
This is the first time in almost four decades that Landske’s name will not appear on a ballot. She was first elected to the Indiana State Senate in 1984. Previously, she served as the Center Township Assessor from 1978 to 1984. She also served as a Colonel in the National Guard Reserve.
Landske serves as the Assistant President Pro Tempore, and is chair of the Senate Elections Committee.
During her time at the Indiana General Assembly, Landske has championed a number of issues to better the lives of Hoosiers across Indiana.
In 2010, she authored sweeping redistricting reforms which established objective guidelines for creating legislative and congressional districts after the 2010 census, and required an in-depth bipartisan review of best redistricting practices used by other states.
She also authored legislation in 2011 to promote women entering the engineering field, establishing Indiana’s “National Engineers Week,” and the annual “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,” in an effort encourage more Hoosier women to get involved in the engineering field.
With her background in the National Guard Reserve, Landske worked to expand free tuition to all Hoosier Purple Heart recipients. In 2009, she authored a bill to provide all Hoosier Purple Heart recipients free tuition to state colleges and universities.
“Every Hoosier Purple Heart recipient should be commended for their service to our country,” Landske said. “The legislation I authored was a fitting thank you and an opportunity for them to receive the education they need to be successful in their future endeavors.”
Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) praised Landske for her tireless dedication to the Indiana State Senate.
“Sue Landske has been a great leader for the people of Northwest Indiana for more than 30 years,” Long said. “She has always been a passionate, hardworking servant for her constituents and a steady, influential voice with her Senate colleagues. We will miss her greatly.”
Landske has twice been awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash. She was named Outstanding Republican Senator in 1985, and the same year was named Business & Professional Woman of the Year. In 2012, she was named Republican Woman of the Year by the Indiana Federation of Republican Women.
She and her husband William own and operate All Golfcar Inc. They have five children and seven grandchildren.