Indianapolis City-County Council

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The Indianapolis City-County Council is the city legislature of Indianapolis, Indiana and Marion County, known as Unigov. It was formally established in 1970 upon the merger of the city government with the county government. Both the Council and Mayor's office are located within the Indianapolis City-County Building. The council passes ordinances for the city and county, and also makes appointments to certain boards and commissions.

Composition of the Council[edit]

Composition of the Council

The Council consists of 29 seats, corresponding to 25 districts apportioned by population throughout Marion County and four At-large seats. Although all cities in Marion County, apart from Indianapolis, retained their status after the merger, their residents are represented on the Council and vote alongside other county residents.[1] Every seat is up for reelection every 4 years. The head of council is the Council President who is elected by the majority party at the Council's first meeting in January. Following the 2011 elections, Democrats regained control of the council with a 16–13 majority.[2] Republicans previously held a 16–13–1 majority. Republicans have generally been stronger in the southern and western parts (Decatur, Franklin, Perry, and Wayne townships) of the county while Democrats have been stronger in the central and northern parts (Center, Pike, and Washington townships). Republican and Democratic strength is split in Warren and Lawrence townships.

In April 2013, the Indiana General Assembly removed the 4 at-large seats for the Council, starting with the term after the 2015 elections, part of a larger overhaul of Marion County government.[3]

Affiliation Members
  Democratic Party 15
  Republican Party 14
 Total
29
 Democratic Majority
1

Council leadership[edit]

Position Name Party District
President Maggie Lewis Democratic 7
Vice-President John Barth Democratic 16
Majority Leader Vernon Brown Democratic 18
Minority Leader Michael McQuillen Republican 12

Members of the Council[edit]

Committee chairs shown in bold.

District Council Member First Took Office Political Party Committees
1 José Evans 01-01-2008 Republican Municipal Corporations
Public Works
2 Angela Mansfield 01-01-2004 Democratic Administration and Finance
Rules and Public Policy
3 Will Gooden 06-01-2012 Republican Administration and Finance
4 Christine Scales 01-01-2008 Republican Community Affairs
5 Virginia Cain 01-01-2004 Republican Ethics
Metropolitan and Economic Development
Public Works
6 Janice McHenry 01-01-2008 Republican Parks and Recreation
Public Works
7 Maggie Lewis 01-05-2009 Democratic Administration and Finance
Committee on Committees
Community Affairs
Rules and Public Policy
8 Monroe Gray, Jr. 11-23-1992 Democratic Municipal Corporations
Parks and Recreation
Rules and Public Policy
9 Joseph Simpson 01-01-2012 Democratic Ethics
Parks and Recreation
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
10 William Oliver 01-01-2004 Democratic Parks and Recreation
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
Public Works
11 Steve Talley 01-01-2012 Democratic Metropolitan and Economic Development
Municipal Corporations
12 Michael McQuillen 01-01-2008 Republican Committee on Committees
13 Robert Lutz 07-20-2007 Republican Municipal Corporations
Rules and Public Policy
14 Mariliyn Pfisterer 01-01-2004 Republican Administration and Finance
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
15 Vop Osili 01-01-2012 Democratic Metropolitan and Economic Development
Municipal Corporations
Parks and Recreation
16 Brian Mahern 01-01-2008 Democratic Municipal Corporations
Rules and Public Policy
17 Mary Moriarty Adams 01-01-1988 Democratic Administration and Finance
Metropolitan and Economic Development
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
18 Vernon Brown 01-01-2004 Democratic Committee on Committees
Ethics
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
Public Works
Rules and Public Policy
19 Jeff Miller 01-01-2012 Republican Community Affairs
Ethics
Metropolitan and Economic Development
20 Frank Mascari 01-01-2012 Democratic Public Safety and Criminal Justice
21 Benjamin Hunter 01-01-2008 Republican Administration and Finance
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
22 Jason Holliday 01-01-2012 Republican Municipal Corporations
Parks and Recreation
23 Jefferson Shreve 01-26-2013 Republican
24 Jack Sandlin 08-14-2010 Republican Public Works
25 Aaron Freeman 03-20-2010 Republican Community Affairs
Ethics
At-Large Zach Adamson 01-01-2012 Democratic Community Affairs
Metropolitan and Economic Development
Public Works
At-Large John Barth 01-01-2012 Democratic Community Affairs
Parks and Recreation
Rules and Public Policy
At-Large Pamela Hickman 01-01-2012 Democratic Administration and Finance
Community Affairs
Public Works
At-Large Leroy Robinson 01-01-2012 Democratic Community Affairs
Ethics
Metropolitan and Economic Development
Public Safety and Criminal Justice

The Clerk of the Council is NaTrina DeBow.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marion County, Indiana". Savi Interactive. 2008-01-04. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  2. ^ "2011 General Election Results". Marion County Clerk's Office. 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Pence signs measure overhauling Marion County government". Indianapolis Business Journal. May 11, 2013.