A state lawmaker whose district includes part of Starke County is not seeking another term in office. Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, says in a statement he is stepping down to spend time with his wife and family.
He retired as LaPorte County Sheriff on Jan. 1, 2007 after a 36-year law enforcement career. He then replaced Sen. Anita Browser upon her death in 2007.
Throughout his legislative career, Arnold has been a staunch advocate for veterans and law enforcement. He’s been recognized for his work on a number of issues. The Disabled American Veterans named Arnold Legislator of the Year in 2012. In 2010 he received the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Small Business Champion Award. The Indiana License Beverage Association chose Arnold as legislator of the year in 2008. Gov. Joe Kernan awarded him the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash in 2004.
“2016 marks my 50th year in public service. I feel privileged to have served my community for many years,” Arnold said”Although this was a difficult decision, I’m not looking back. This is the best decision for me, my wife and family.”
He serves as the Ranking Democrat of three Senate Standing Committees: Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs; Ethics; and Public Policy. He is also a member of the Pensions and Labor and Rules and Legislative Procedure Committees.
Arnold’s district includes most of LaPorte County, Davis, Oregon, Washington, Center and Jackson Townships in Starke County and western St. Joseph County.