Thomas Washburne

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Thomas Washburne
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 64th district
Assumed office
2013
Preceded by Kreg Battles[1]
Personal details
Born Princeton, Indiana
Political party Republican
Residence Inglefield, Indiana
Education Purdue University, Indiana University
Alma mater Princeton Community High School
Occupation Attorney

Thomas Washburne (c. 1963 – ) is a Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing the 64th District since 2013.[2] In 2017, Washburne announced that he would not be running for reelection to the State House.[3]

Personal details[edit]

Thomas Washburne was born around 1963 and comes from Princeton, Indiana. He has five children.[4] He resides in Inglefield, Indiana.

Career[edit]

An attorney, Washburne has worked for multiple law firms and represented two Indiana members of the US Congress, including United States Representative John Hostettler, as their chief of staff. Washburne is currently an attorney at Old National Bank in Evansville, Indiana.[5]

Politics[edit]

Washburne was reelected to his seat in the Indiana House of Representatives in 2014 after running unopposed in the republican primary and in the general election.

In 2012, Washburne defeated James Amick in the republican primary election and won the 64th district seat against democratic opponent Mark Norton.

Indiana House of Representatives, District 64, Election Results, November 6, 2012[6]

Candidate Affiliation Support Outcome
Thomas Washburne Republican 17,133 58.3%
Mark Norton Democrat 12,255 41.7%

Issues[edit]

Capital punishment[edit]

Washburne spent the 2015 legislative session pushing for more severe capital punishments for specific aggravators as chair of the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee. Senate Bill 385,[7] which passed the Senate and has moved on to the House, would allow for defendants to receive the death penalty or a conviction of life without parole if they are charged of committing murder on a school grounds or in a place of religious worship. Washburne, who is a strong supporter of capital punishment, says that both of those situations warrant being added to the list of aggravators, which already includes defendants charged with dismembering a body.[8][9]

Religious Freedom Restoration Act, 2015[edit]

Washburne also voted for Indiana's version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on April 2, 2015.[10] He supports the law, which protects Indiana businesses and business owners' freedom of religion and does not allow for interference from state and local government. Washburne says it's important that citizens of Indiana have religious freedoms, even those that others "might be appalled by."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.capitolandwashington.com/offices/all-offices/164/
  2. ^ Bradner, Eric; Orr, Susan (Nov 6, 2012). "UPDATE: McNamara, Becker win re-election to Indiana Legislature". Evansville Courier & Press. 
  3. ^ https://www.courierpress.com/story/news/local/2017/08/22/state-rep-tom-washburne-retire-after-2018/104846408/
  4. ^ Castillo, Eddie (January 28, 2013). "Q&A: Meet Rep. Thomas Washburne, pushing a conservative platform". THESTATEHOUSEFILE.COM. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Bradner, Orr, Eric, Susan (November 6, 2012). "UPDATE: McNamara, Becker win re-election to Indiana Legislature". Evansville Courier and Press. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Election Results". Indiana Secretary of State. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Senate Bill No. 385". Indiana General Assembly. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Guerra, Kristine (March 10, 2015). "Bill allowing death penalty in school shootings has good chance in House committee". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "House Committee Approves One Expansion Of Death Penalty". WBIW. April 3, 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Cook, Tony (April 2, 2015). "Gov. Mike Pence signs 'religious freedom' bill in private". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  11. ^ STRICHERZ, MARK (March 27, 2015). "Gay Couples Couldn't Demand Business Services Under Indiana Bill". aletia. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 

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