Thomas Washburne

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Thomas Washburne
Member of the IndianaHouseofRepresentatives
from the 64th district
In office
2013–2019
Preceded by Kreg Battles [1]
Succeeded by Matthew Hostettler
Personal details
BornPrinceton, Indiana
Political party Republican
ResidenceInglefield, Indiana
EducationPurdue University, Indiana University
Alma mater Princeton Community High School
OccupationAttorney

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]

Republican Party (United States) political party in the United States

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Indiana House of Representatives

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Personal details

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

Princeton, Indiana City in Indiana, United States

Princeton is a city in Patoka Township, Gibson County, Indiana, United States. The population was 8,644 at the 2010 census, and it is part of the greater Evansville, Indiana, Metropolitan Area. The city is the county seat of and the largest city in Gibson County.

Inglefield, Indiana Unincorporated community in Indiana, United States

Inglefield is a neighborhood within the northeastern part of the town of Darmstadt, Indiana, the second-largest city in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, just north of Evansville along U.S. Route 41.

Career

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]

John Hostettler American politician

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Old National Bank

Old National Bank is a regional bank with over 150 retail branches operated by Old National Bancorp and based in Evansville, Indiana. With assets at $14.9 billion and 160 banking centers, Old National Bancorp is the largest financial services bank holding company headquartered in Indiana and one of the top 100 banking companies in the U.S. Its primary banking footprint is in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Politics

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]

CandidateAffiliationSupportOutcome
Thomas WashburneRepublican17,13358.3%
Mark NortonDemocrat12,25541.7%

Issues

Capital punishment

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

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]

Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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References

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  2. Bradner, Eric; Orr, Susan (Nov 6, 2012). "UPDATE: McNamara, Becker win re-election to Indiana Legislature". Evansville Courier & Press.
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