Indianapolis City-County Council

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Indianapolis City-County Council
City of Indianapolis
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Term limits
None
History
Founded January 1, 1970 (1970-01-01)
New session started
January 1, 2016
Leadership
President
Maggie Lewis (D)
Vice-President
Zach Adamson (D)
Majority Leader
Monroe Gray (D)
Majority Whip
William Oliver (D)
Minority Leader
Michael McQuillen (R)
Minority Whip
Marilyn Pfisterer (R)
Minority Whip
Janice McHenry (R)
Structure
Seats 25
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Political groups

Governing party

Opposition party

Length of term
4 years
Elections
Last election
November 3, 2015
(25 seats)
Next election
November 5, 2019
(25 seats)
Meeting place
Indianapolis City-County Building
Website
Indianapolis City-County Council

The Indianapolis City-County Council is the legislative body of the combined government, known as Unigov, of the city of Indianapolis and the county of Marion in the state of Indiana. 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]

The Council consists of 25 seats, corresponding to 25 districts apportioned by population throughout Marion County. 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 four 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 2015 elections, Democrats held control of the council with a 13–12 majority.[2] Republicans have generally been stronger in the southern and northeastern parts of the county (Decatur, Franklin, Lawrence, and Perry townships) while Democrats have been stronger in the central and northwestern parts (Center, Pike, and Warren townships). Republican and Democratic strength is split in Washington and Wayne townships.

In April 2013, the Indiana General Assembly removed the four at-large seats for the Council, starting with the term after the 2015 elections, part of a larger overhaul of Marion County government. Democrats had held control of all four seats when this measure passed the Republican controlled Indiana Legislature.[3]

Members of the Council[edit]

Committee chairs shown in bold.

District Council Member First Took Office Political Party Committees
1 Leroy Robinson 2012 Democratic Party Metropolitan and Economic Development
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
Rules and Public Policy
2 Colleen Fanning 2016 Republican Party Administration and Finance
Metropolitan and Economic Development
Parks and Recreation
3 Christine Scales 2008 Republican Party Ethics
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
4 Michael McQuillen 2008 Republican Party Committee on Committees
Rules and Public Policy
5 Jeff Coats 2016 Republican Party Public Safety and Criminal Justice
Rules and Public Policy
6 Janice McHenry 2008 Republican Party Ethics
Parks and Recreation
Public Works
7 Joseph Simpson 2012 Democratic Party Administration and Finance
Parks and Recreation
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
Parks and Recreation
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
8 Monroe Gray, Jr. 1992 Democratic Party Committee on Committees
Municipal Corporations
Parks and Recreation
Public Works
Rules and Public Policy
9 William Oliver 2004 Democratic Party Parks and Recreation
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
Public Works
10 Maggie Lewis 2009* Democratic Party Administration and Finance
Committee on Committees
Rules and Public Policy
11 Vop Osili 2012 Democratic Party Metropolitan and Economic Development
Public Works
Rules and Public Policy
12 Blake Johnson 2016 Democratic Party Administration and Finance
Community Affairs and Education
Ethics
Rules and Public Policy
13 Stephen Clay 2014* Democratic Party Municipal Corporations
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
14 LaKeisha Jackson 2014* Democratic Party Administration and Finance
Ethics
Municipal Corporations
15 Marilyn Pfisterer 2004 Republican Party Administration and Finance
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
16 Jeff Miller 2012 Republican Party Community Affairs and Education
Metropolitan and Economic Development
Public Works
17 Zach Adamson 2011 Democratic Party Community Affairs and Education
Metropolitan and Economic Development
Public Works
18 Susie Cordi 2016 Republican Party Municipal Corporations
Parks and Recreation
Public Works
19 David Ray 2016 Democratic Party Administration and Finance
Community Affairs and Education
Ethics
Metropolitan and Economic Development
Public Works
20 Jason Holliday 2012 Republican Party Community Affairs and Education
Municipal Corporations
21 Frank Mascari 2012 Democratic Party Community Affairs and Education
Municipal Corporations
Parks and Recreation
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
22 Jared Evans 2016 Democratic Party Metropolitan and Economic Development
Municipal Corporations
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
23 Scott Kreider 2016 Republican Party Community Affairs and Education
Metropolitan and Economic Development
Rules and Public Policy
24 Jack Sandlin 2010* Republican Party Administration and Finance
Ethics
25 Aaron Freeman 2010* Republican Party Municipal Corporations
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
  • *Elected in a special election

The Clerk of the Council is NaTrina DeBow.

Salary[edit]

As of January 2016, members of the council earn $16,400 a year, an increase from $11,400 during the previous year.[4] This pay increase placed Indianapolis in the number 23 rank among the nation's 25 largest cities.[5]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marion County, Indiana". Savi Interactive. 2008-01-04. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  2. ^ "2015 Municipal Election Results for Marion County". Marion County Clerk's Office. 2015-11-16. Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  3. ^ "Pence signs measure overhauling Marion County government". Indianapolis Business Journal. May 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Indy council approves pay hikes". Indianapolis Star. December 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Detroit council pay raise angers retirees facing cuts". USA Today. April 5, 2015.