State Rep. Randy Frye, R-Greensburg, filed for re-election on Wednesday (Jan. 10) in Indiana House District 67. The district includes all or parts of Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties.
“It is an honor to serve, and I look forward to continuing to work for the people of District 67,” Frye said.
The 2018 session of the General Assembly, which began Jan. 3, is dealing with many important issues, including the opioid crisis, education, strengthening Indiana’s workforce, and Sunday alcohol sales, among others, Frye said.
“We also hope to continue the progress that has been made as we take Indiana to the next level,” he said, noting that Indiana ranks in the top tiers of almost every economic development category nationally. On a regional level, the effort toward siting a fourth port of Indiana at Lawrenceburg – a project Frye has championed since the beginning – “would lead to additional infrastructure improvements to support it, and enhance our ability grow our economy.
“It is exciting that Gov. Eric Holcomb has given his support to this endeavor, most recently in his State of the State address on Tuesday,” Frye said.
First elected in 2010, Frye, a retired professional firefighter, serves as chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee. Frye has authored legislation for this session to fund a study to find ways to reduce cancer among first responders. A study completed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in 2016 concluded first responders, especially firefighters, suffer increased cancer rates, he said.
Frye also serves as a member of the Roads & Transportation and Utilities, Energy, and Telecom committees. He said he is looking forward to many road and bridge improvements as a result of the Community Crossings Grant program, created by legislation that he co-authored in 2016. In House District 67, $7.4 million was awarded through this program.
During his years of service, Frye has been recognized as Legislator of the Year or with other citations as the author of many successful legislative initiatives involving a range of issues. These include:
- The Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, for legislation promoting clean domestic natural gas as a motor vehicle fuel. This program has become a national model for similar efforts.
- The Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association, for legislation allowing volunteer firefighters to serve as elected officials.
- The American Legion, for legislation creating statewide veterans services officers, along with a many other bills passed by the Veterans and Public Safety Committee
- The Indiana Fire Chiefs for legislation leading to the approval of Indiana Task Force One, which responds to disasters in the state.
Frye is the father of two and grandfather of six and resides on a small farm in rural Decatur County.