Brent Waltz

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Brent Waltz
Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 36th district
In office
2002-2017
Preceded by Larry Borst
Personal details
Born September 7, 1973
Political party Republican
Residence Greenwood, Indiana
Alma mater Wabash College
Profession Investment banker, politician
Website brentwaltz.com

D. Brent Waltz (born September 7, 1973)[1] is an Indiana State Senator and Indiana businessman. He represents southern Marion County and northern Johnson County which comprise the 36th Senate District of Indiana following his defeat of Senate Finance Chairman Larry Borst in the May 2004 Republican primary election.[2] His investment banking company, The Baron Group, Inc., specializes in mergers, acquisitions, and capitalization of small to midsize private companies in the transportation and manufacturing industries. Waltz announced he will not seek reelection in order to run for Indiana's 9th congressional district being vacated by Congressman Todd Young. Brent was unsuccessful in his campaign [3]

Early life[edit]

Darryl Brent Waltz, Jr. was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 7, 1973 to Darryl Brent Waltz, Sr. and Geraldine Chaney Waltz. He is an only child. His father was a senior vice president of an Indiana savings and loan. Waltz graduated from Center Grove High School in 1992 as a National Merit Scholar. At 16, he became an Eagle Scout with bronze, silver, and gold palms. After high school, he attended Wabash College where he completed his degree as a history major with a minor in political science in 312 years.[4]

Political career[edit]

Three out of four of Waltz's great-grandfathers held elected office in Indiana and Kentucky. At the age of 26 he was elected an at-large member of the Johnson County Council in 2000. He was elected President of the Johnson County in 2003 and re-election his last year on the council in 2004.[5]

In a political upset, Waltz unseated 36-year incumbent and Senate Finance Committee chairman Larry Borst in the 2004 Republican primary by just 34 votes—6,062 to 6,024.[6][7] He defeated his Democratic opponent in the November 2004 election and was reelected to a second term in 2008. Subsequently, in 2012 he won re-election for a third term.[8]

Waltz announced he would not seek re-election for his Senate seat in order to pursue Indiana's 9th congressional district being vacated by congressman Todd Young.

Business career[edit]

In 1995 Waltz founded his investment banking company, The Baron Group, Inc. - named after a company in a Jeffery Archer novel.[9] In 2001 Waltz and two business partners began a logistics and courier company named Velox Express.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Indianapolis Star October 21, 2004
  2. ^ Daily Journal May 3, 2004
  3. ^ http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2015/07/20/indiana-attorney-general-greg-zoeller-run-us-house-race/30409695/
  4. ^ http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_republicans/homepages/s36/5046.htm
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-08-01. Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  6. ^ Daily Journal May 4, 2004
  7. ^ Indianapolis Star May 3, 2004
  8. ^ http://ballotpedia.org/Brent_Waltz
  9. ^ http://www.indianasenaterepublicans.com/index.php?src=directory&view=senators&srctype=detail&refno=54&category=General
  10. ^ Veloxexpress.com website

1. Indianapolis Star October 21, 2004. 2. Daily Journal May 3, 2004. 3. http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_republicans/homepages/s36/5046.htm 4. Daily Journal, May 4, 2004 5. Indianapolis Star, May 4, 2004 6. http://www.Veloxexpress.com