INDIANA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ENDORSES
JEAN LEISING FOR INDIANA SENATE
Indianapolis – The Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the state’s leading small business organization, announced today its endorsement of Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg), who holds a commanding lead in a recent poll, for election to the Indiana Senate, District 42. The endorsement was made by Indiana Business for Responsive Government (IBRG), the political action division of the Indiana Chamber.
“One of the primary functions of the Indiana Chamber is to advance business and economic issues in our state Legislature. Jean Leising recognizes and understands the importance of stimulating economic and job growth, reducing property tax burdens and improving education,” said Michael Davis, vice president of political affairs for the Indiana Chamber. “Jean Leising has a proven track record as a former state senator for Senate District 42. She has repeatedly championed the causes that work toward making southeast Indiana a better place to live, raise a family and run a business. Her leadership and strong voice is what we need in the Indiana Senate.”
“I am very grateful for today’s endorsement of me by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. It is very important that we work hard to retain our jobs and stimulate new job growth in these economically difficult times. I am looking forward to serving the citizens of District 42 in the Indiana Senate,” said Leising.
Leising resides near Oldenburg, in Franklin County. She owns the Leising Family Farm, which is operated by her son-in-law Jeff Koch. Jean works at her daughter’s travel agency, Adventures in Travel, in Batesville. She is the mother of three children, three grandchildren and is married to Frank Thompson. Leising formerly served in the Indiana Senate, representing District 42 from 1988 to 1996. During this time, Leising served on the Public Policy; Health and Environmental Affairs; Pension and Labor; Education; and Agriculture and Small Business committees. She was also the Assistant Majority Whip and chaired the Public Affairs subcommittee.
In a public opinion survey commissioned March 4-5 by the Indiana Chamber of 300 likely Republican primary voters, Leising holds a commanding lead over her three primary opponents and currently is in a strong position to win the Senate District 42 primary. Leising received 45% support in the survey, John Heaton 12%, Jeff Sponsel 10% and Max Ellison, Jr. 6% with 28% undecided. Seventy-five percent of the voters recognized Leising’s name and she also holds a strong favorable opinion with Senate District 42 voters. Fifty-one percent view Leising favorably and only 3% unfavorably. For the other candidates, the numbers were Heaton (33% recognition, 17% favorable, 2% unfavorable); Sponsel (28% recognition, 9% favorable, 4% unfavorable); and Ellison, Jr. (19% recognition, 11% favorable, 4% unfavorable). To view the entire poll, visit www.IBRG.biz.
The Indiana Chamber will be working with the business community in the district to
promote Jean Leising’s candidacy. The Indiana Chamber has been the state’s leading small business advocacy organization since 1917, representing over 26,000 business members and customers from across the state in all 92 counties.
Senate District 42 includes all of Shelby, Decatur, Rush, and Fayette counties and a portion of Franklin County.
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