State Sen. Johnny Nugent (R-Lawrenceburg) announced Monday, Dec. 2 he will not seek re-election to Senate District 43 in 2014.
“Volunteering to retire from the Senate has
been one of my more difficult decisions. However, after a great amount
prayer and quiet personal reflection, I have concluded that it’s
time to pass the torch,” Nugent said. “Genuine respect and
consideration of my wife and family, business and health all
weighed heavily on my decision to decline running for re-election.
I will forever remain grateful to all of the folks in Senate
District 43 for the faith they have placed in me over the years.”
Nugent, a former Majority Floor Leader of the
Senate Majority Caucus, was first elected to the State Senate in 1978.
he served on the Dearborn County Board of Commissioners from 1966
to 1974, where he was the youngest commissioner ever elected
in Indiana at the age of 26. Nugent also served seven years in the
U.S. Army and Army Reserve.
During his time at the Statehouse, Nugent served as chair of the Senate Agriculture and Small Business Committee for more
than 20 years. He also served as chair of the Roads and Transportation Committee, and was ranking member of the Insurance
and Financial Institutions Committee.
Since his first days in the legislature,
Nugent has been determined to help constituents in Southern Indiana. He
legislation to exempt taxes on heating fuel for residents in
Indiana. He also authored a bill requiring that disciplinary
action taken against doctors be reported to the Medical Licensing
Board. In addition, he sponsored legislation requiring school
bus drivers to undergo criminal history checks.
Nugent has also worked on behalf of Hoosier
servicemen and women to ensure veterans receive the recognition they
protecting our freedom. He repeatedly co-authored and supported
efforts to honor Purple Heart recipients in Indiana. He co-authored
legislation to create Purple Heart license plates as well as a
bill to expand education benefits for all Purple Heart recipients
in Indiana. In 2005, Nugent co-authored legislation to support
Indiana National Guard troops while on active duty deployments,
and ensure their education benefits upon their return.
While Nugent served in the Senate, he has
authored a number of pro-Second Amendment bills including Indiana’s
as well as the nation’s first lifetime concealed carry permit. In
addition, he’s been a strong supporter of hunters’ rights
throughout his tenure.
All of his adult life, Nugent has been heavily
involved in his community. He is a “Life Member” of the National Rifle
(NRA) and serves on the NRA Board of Directors. He’s also a “Life
Member” of the Indiana State Rifle and Pistol Association.
Nugent serves as a member of the Murat Shrine Temple of
Indianapolis, Southeastern Indiana Shrine Club and the Dearborn County
Chamber of Commerce. Nugent is also a fifty-year member of
Lawrenceburg Masonic Lodge #4 and a former member of the Dearborn
County Hospital Board of Trustees.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort
Wayne) lauded Nugent as dedicated servant of the Indiana State Senate.
Nugent has been a great leader and voice for the people of
southeastern Indiana for more than 35 years. He will be greatly
missed by his constituents, as well as every Hoosier who values an
experienced and patriotic voice for our state. I will personally
miss his institutional knowledge, his savvy, and also his
friendship,” Long said. “I believe I can speak for all of his colleagues
within the Indiana Senate in saying that we each wish Johnny great
happiness and fulfillment in his retirement from public
During his tenure in the Indiana General Assembly, Nugent has served the following counties: Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur,
Jackson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, Union, Franklin, Switzerland and Fayette.
After graduating from Aurora High School in 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy, in 1960. They have one daughter,
two grandsons, and live in Lawrenceburg with their dalmatian, Skyler.