Richard D. Young
|Richard D. Young|
|Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 47th district
|Preceded by||Frank O'Bannon|
|Succeeded by||Erin Houchin|
|Born||December 2, 1942|
|Alma mater||AB, Behavioral Sciences, Vincennes University|
Before his tenure in the Senate Young was Crawford County Auditor. He was also Secretary of the Crawford County Democrat Central Committee from 1986 to 1988.
Young represented the 47th District after being appointment to succeed newly elected Lieutenant governor Frank O'Bannon in 1988. His district included parts of Crawford, Dubois, Harrison, Perry, Spencer, Warrick and Washington Counties.
He has won election to the Senate in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, and 2010, but lost in the general election to Republican Erin Houchin 21,000 to 15,000 votes in 2014.
He was the Democratic leader of the state senate from 1996 to 2008, but he stepped down to explore a run for Governor of Indiana. From 2008 to 2014 Young served as the Minority Leader Pro Tempore. Young is also a co-founder and member of the Rural Caucus. Young served as the Ranking Democrat on the Agriculture and Natural Resources and Local Government committees.
In 2014, he was the only Democrat in the entire General Assembly to vote for House Joint Resolution 3, the resolution for a ballot vote to ban same sex marriage in Indiana.
Corrections, Criminal and Civil Matters, Member
Local Government, Ranking Minority Member
Subcommittee on Civil Matters, Member
Utilities and Technology, Member
Race for Governor
He ran for 2008 Democrat primary for Governor of Indiana but dropped out early on in the primary and chose not to endorse a candidate in the primary between architect Jim Schellinger, and winner, former Congresswoman Jill Long Thompson.
He and his first wife, the late Elaine Young, had five children. He is currently married to Ashira.
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