Carolene Mays

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Carolene R. Mays
Carolene Mays-Medley.jpg
Indianapolis Recorder Portrait
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 94th district
In office
2002 - 2008
Succeeded by Cherrish Pryor
Personal details
Born July 21, 1961
Evansville, Indiana
Political party Democratic

Fred Medley

Children- Jada Benedict
Residence Indianapolis, Indiana
Alma mater Indiana State University
Religion Christian

Carolene R. Mays was appointed by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels as a Commissioner for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in February, 2010. From 1998, until the appointment, she was Publisher and President of the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper and the Indiana Minority Business Magazine. Under Carolene’s leadership, the Recorder, which is the nation's fourth oldest African-American newspaper, grew in readership, prominence, and credibility.[citation needed] It is now ranked among the top Black newspapers nationwide.[citation needed] The Indiana Minority Business Magazine, which was acquired in 2007, also grew under her management, by more than 100% in circulation and revenues during the first year.[citation needed]

Carolene was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2002. She served three terms, winning elections with more than 70% of the vote. In the Legislature, she served on the Ways and Means, Public Health and Transportation committees, and as Vice-Chairman of the Small Business and Economic Development committees. She also served on committees with the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, National Conference of State Legislators, and Women in Government. Carolene retired from her State Representative position in November, 2008.[citation needed]

Additionally, Carolene was the host of the "Recorder On Air Report Television Show" (ROAR) on Central Indiana cable networks, as well as the co-host of a weekly television news segment, "Community Link," on the Central Indiana's CBS affiliate, WISH-TV.[citation needed]


  • Indiana State University, B.S. Degree, 1985
  • Major - Business Management; Minor - Marketing
  • Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis, Indiana


  • Indiana State Legislature – State Representative, November, 2002 – November, 2008
  • State Committees: Vice-Chairman – Small Business and Economic Development; Ways and Means; and Public Health
  • National Black Caucus of State Legislators: Health; and Vice Chair – Small Business
  • Indiana Black Legislative Caucus, Treasurer
  • National Caucus of State Legislators: Business and Commerce
  • Women in Government
  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) appointed as Chair of the Committee on Critical Infrastructure; and on the Washington Action and Water Committees

Current Employment[edit]

  • State of Indiana, April 2016, Executive Director, White River State Park Development Commission appointed by Governor Mike Pence

Previous Employment[edit]

  • State of Indiana, February 2010 - April 2016, Commissioner, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2010. Reappointed by Governor Mike Pence in 2014 as Commissioner and named Vice-Chairman
  • Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper, 1998–2010, Publisher & President, also serving as President of Indianapolis Recorder Charities (a 501c3)
  • Indiana Minority Business Magazine, 2007–2010, Publisher & President
  • Recorder On Air Report (ROAR), 1998–2008, Host and Producer of the ROAR, a public affairs and community news television talk show, airing weekly on Central Indiana cable networks
  • Community Link, 2000–2008, Co-host of weekly television news segment on the local CBS affiliate disseminating news from the African-American and Hispanic communities to a broader audience
  • Mays Chemical Company, 1991–1998, Manager of Customer Service and National Accounts
  • Occidental Chemical Company, Inc., 1985–1991, Various positions in Sales and Corporate Account Management throughout the nation

Community Service - Boards of Directors[edit]

  • 2011 NCAA Women’s Final Four, Chairperson
  • 2012 NFL Super Bowl Committee, Division Chairperson
  • Indiana Sports Corporation Board, Vice-Chairman
  • Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation Board
  • Press Club of Indiana
  • Former Colts Player Tarik Glenn’s D.R.E.A.M. Alive Foundation
  • Ivy Tech State College – President’s Diversity Council
  • Capital Improvement Board, appointed by Mayor Greg Ballard

Organization Affiliations[edit]

  • Eastern Star Church, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Indianapolis Chapter of Links; N.A.A.C.P.

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