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Rodric Bray sworn in as new state senator for District 37

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rodric Bray was sworn in Tuesday to officially become the state senator representing Senate District 37. He was joined by his wife, Kelly Bray, and his two sons, Austin (left), 7, and Ethan , 4.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Joined by his family and fellow state legislators at the Statehouse, Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) took the oath of office Tuesday to officially succeed his father and become the state senator representing District 37, which includes portions of Putnam, Owen and Johnson counties and all of Morgan County.

Bray, 43, a resident of Martinsville, is one of 28 new lawmakers to join the Indiana General Assembly. He fills the Senate seat vacated by his father, State Sen. Richard Bray (R-Martinsville).

Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson presided over the swearing-in ceremony and administered the oath of office in the Senate chamber, where lawmakers gathered for the General Assembly's Organization Day.

The annual event ceremonially marks the first day of the legislative session, highlighted by the swearing-in of new members and the discussion of key state issues.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) said Bray's background will make him a valuable leader for his district and the Indiana General Assembly.

"Rodric's experience practicing law along with his proven work ethic will greatly benefit the Senate," Long said. "He'll serve the constituents of Senate District 37 well, and I look forward to working with him on policy initiatives that will improve the lives of Hoosiers."

In his first session in the Senate, Bray will serve as member of the following committees in 2013 and 2014:

-- Corrections and Criminal Law

-- Criminal Law Subcommittee

-- Health and Provider Services

-- Public Health Subcommittee

-- Local Government

-- Utilities

"As this budget year and 2013 legislative session kick off, I'm eager to get to work and ensure our state is doing all it can to promote small business growth and job creation," Bray said.

"My top priority is to make sure residents in my district have their voices heard and opinions counted," he added. "Over the years, I've been fortunate enough to watch my father serve this community with great passion and dedication. I'm honored to step up now and serve on behalf of Hoosiers in our area."

Bray has practiced law for 18 years and currently serves as counsel for the Martinsville City Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. He previously served as an attorney for the City of Martinsville.

Bray and his wife, Kelly, have two sons, Austin and Ethan.

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