Speaker of the Indiana House Brian Bosma has been a key figure in Indiana’s transformation over the past decade. After serving as Republican Floor Leader from 1994 to 1999, Brian was selected as Republican Leader in 2000 and 2002. In 2004, when House Republicans assumed a 52-48 majority, Brian was elected Speaker of the House by his peers. After serving as Republican Leader following the 2006 and 2008 elections, Brian Bosma was again elected Speaker of the House following the 2010, 2012 and 2014 elections.
Speaker Bosma’s time in leadership has been marked by government reform and policy achievements. Brian opened floor proceedings and committee meetings to Hoosiers via the internet for the first time. House Republicans also championed Indiana’s move to daylight saving time and passed “Major Moves”, Indiana’s landmark highway funding plan. Brian, a strong advocate for school choice, personally authored legislation in 2011 to significantly expand public charter schools in Indiana and coauthored a bill to provide families of low financial means school choice scholarships. In 2012, Speaker Bosma led the charge to make Indiana the 23rd “Right to Work” state in the nation, and, in 2013, he and House Republicans championed the passage of the largest tax cut package in state history.
Throughout his years of public service, Brian has been recognized as an exemplary leader:
- Distinguished Public Official Award, Ivy Tech Community College, 2015
- Sagamore of the Wabash, Governor Mitch Daniels, 2012
- National Champion for Charters, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 2012
- Guardian of Small Business, National Federation of Independent Business, 2012
- Honorary Chairman, Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, 2012, 2009
- Government Leader of the Year, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2011, 2004
- Public Service Award, Agudath Israel of America Midwest, 2011
- Chairman’s Award, National Federation of Independent Business, 2003, 2001
- National Public Official of the Year, Governing Magazine, 2002
In his private life, Brian is a partner with the law firm of Kroger, Gardis, and Regas in Indianapolis. He is a founding Director of Bosma Industries for the Blind, which employs over 85 blind and visually impaired Hoosiers. Brian and his wife Cheryl have two adult children—Allison and Christopher. He is a graduate of Purdue University’s School of Engineering and the Indiana University School of Law. As Speaker, he serves as chairman of the Indiana House Republican Campaign Committee, the entity responsible for electing Republicans to the State House of Representatives, and has overseen a gain of 23 seats since 2008.