Rodric Bray

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Rod Bray
President pro tempore of the Indiana Senate
Assuming office
November 7, 2018
Succeeding David C. Long
Majority Leader of the Indiana Senate
Assumed office
January 2, 2018
Preceded by Brandt Hershman
Succeeded by Mark Messmer (Designate)
Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 37th district
Assumed office
November 20, 2012
Preceded by Richard Bray
City Attorney for Martinsville
In office
Appointed by Shannon Buskirk
Preceded by Robert St. Clair
Succeeded by Roger Coffin
Personal details
Born 1969 (age 48–49)
Martinsville, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kelly
Children 2
Relatives Richard Bray (Father)
William G. Bray (Grandfather)
Education Indiana University Bloomington (BA)
Valparaiso University (JD)
Website state%20senate%20website
Campaign website

Rodrick "Rod" D. Bray (born 1969) is an American politician who is a current member of the Indiana State Senate. A member of the Republican Party, Bray was sworn into office on November 20, 2012. Bray represents Indiana's 37th district, serving all of Morgan County and parts of Johnson, Owen and Putnam County, Indiana.

Early life and education[edit]

Rodric was born to parents Maurine D. (née Sweet) and Richard Bray in 1969.[1] His father, Richard, served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1974 to 1992 and in the Indiana Senate from to 1994 to 2012, where he was the Assistant Majority Caucus Chair.[2] His grandfather, William G. Bray, served in the United States Army during World War II and in the United States House of Representatives from 1951 to 1975, representing Indiana's 6th and 7th congressional districts.[3]

Bray is the graduate of Martinsville High School.[4] He attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History in 1991.[5] Bray also attended Valparaiso University, where he graduated with his Juris Doctor from the Valparaiso University School of Law in 1994.[4]

Early career[edit]

After graduating and passing the bar in 1994, Bray served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Morgan County, Indiana until 1997.[6] He then entered private practice, where he was an attorney with Harris & Currens, and was elected Chairman of the Morgan County Republican Party on August 18, 1998, after the incumbent party chair, Joan Gray, resigned.[7][6] He served as Chair until March 2005.[8] He was succeeded by Martin Weaver as County Party Chair.[9]

On August 18, 2003, Bray was appointed City Attorney of Martinsville by Mayor Shannon Buskirk, after the death of incumbent Robert St. Clair.[10] Bray served as city attorney until 2007.[11] He was succeeded by Roger Coffin as City Attorney.[12][13]

After serving as city attorney, Bray became a member of the Morgan County Election Board and the general counsel to the Martinsville Plan Commission and Board of Zoning.[6] Bray has also served on the board of directors for Home Bank since 2008.[6]

Indiana State Senate[edit]

After the retirement of five term incumbent, and father, Richard, Rodric Bray declared his candidacy for Indiana's 37th district and officially filed to run for the Indiana State Senate on January 24, 2012.[14] Bray faced insurance agent and Morgan County Councilman Ryan Goodin in the Republican Primary.[15] Bray defeated Goodin 10,115 to 8,333 votes, or 54.8% to 46.2%, in the May 8, 2012 Republican primary.[16] Bray went on to face cement truck driver and President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Union, Democratic Jim Cahill, in the general election. Bray prevailed in the November 6 general election with 36,959 votes, to Cahill's 14,947, or 71.2% to 28.8%.[16]

Bray was sworn into office on November 20, 2012 by Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court Brent Dickson.[17] Bray's district represents all of Morgan County and parts of Johnson, Owen and Putnam counties.[18]

Bray currently serves on the Senate Committees for:[19]

In 2018, Bray was named Majority leader of the Indiana Senate, after the incumbent, Brandt Hershman, resigned.[20]

On May 14, 2018, Bray was elected President pro tempore of the Indiana Senate.[21] Mark Messmer was elected to replace him.[22][23] Both of them will take office in November 2018.[24]

  • Corrections and Criminal Law
  • Health and Provider Services
  • Local Government
  • Utilities

Personal life[edit]

Bray currently resides in Martinsville, Indiana with his wife, Kelly, and their two sons.[25] Bray is a practicing Methodist and attends the First United Methodist Church of Martinsville, where he serves as a member of the Pastor Parish Committee and is a Sunday school teacher.[19]


  1. ^ Indiana General Assembly. "Second Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2012) SENATE RESOLUTION". 
  2. ^ "Biographies of Indiana Legislators BRAY, RICHARD D". February 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ United States Congress (February 11, 2014). "BRAY, William Gilmer, (1903 - 1979)". 
  4. ^ a b Indiana General Assembly (April 11, 2013). "Martinsville High School Academic Decathlon winners honored at Statehouse". 
  5. ^ University of California (February 11, 2014). "Sen. Rodric Bray (R-IN 37th District)". 
  6. ^ a b c d "Indiana Election 2012: Rodric Bray". 2012. 
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  10. ^ Martinsville Reporter-Times (August 18, 2003). "Buskirk taps Bray as city attorney". 
  11. ^ Bette Nunn; Martinsville Reporter-Times (October 5, 2012). "Foley, Bray end terms". 
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  14. ^ Office of the Secretary of State of Indiana (January 27, 2012). "May 8, 2012 Primary Election" (PDF). 
  15. ^ Greencastle Banner-Graphic (January 25, 2012). "Goodwin seeking GOP nomination in Senate District 37". 
  16. ^ a b Office of the Secretary of State of Indiana (June 5, 2012). "ELECTION RESULTS: Indiana Primary Election, May 8, 2012". 
  17. ^ Molly Johnson; Indiana General Assembly (November 20, 2012). "Rodric Bray Sworn in as New State Senator for District 37". 
  18. ^ Indiana General Assembly (2011). "Indiana State Senate 2011 Adopted Districts" (PDF). 
  19. ^ a b Project Vote Smart (2014). "Rodric Bray's Biography". 
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  25. ^ Spencer Evening World (October 18, 2012). "Newcomers Bray, Cahill Vying For Indiana Senate District 37" (PDF). 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Joan Gray
Chair of the Morgan County Republican Party
Succeeded by
Martin Weaver
Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert St. Clair
City Attorney for Martinsville, Indiana
Succeeded by
Roger Coffin
Indiana Senate
Preceded by
Richard Bray
Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 37th district

Political offices
Preceded by
Brandt Hershman
Majority Leader of the Indiana Senate
Succeeded by
Mark Messmer (Designate)
Preceded by
David C. Long
President pro tempore of the Indiana Senate

Taking office 2018