A longtime state legislator is calling it a career. Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, is retiring to devote more time to his family and his business.
During his decade-long career in the Indiana General Assembly, he served as Assistant Majority Whip and chair of the Public Policy Committee. Dermody also served on the Small Business and Economic Development Committee and the Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation.
He co-authored several key pieces of legislation, including a law requiring teachers to be trained and licensed in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. As chair of the House Public Policy Committee, Dermody examined proposals related to alcohol, gaming, guns and abortion.
He advocated for Sunday alcohol sales in Indiana and has made strides in allowing alcohol to be sold at the Indiana State Fair and for the carry-out sale of alcohol in commemorative containers celebrating the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
“The past 10 years have been an unbelievable experience,” Dermody said in a statement. “I want to thank the people of District 20 for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to represent them. It is an honor and task I have not taken lightly. I am grateful to have been a part of putting Hoosiers first and moving our great state forward.”
House Speaker Brian Bosma praised Dermody, saying, “He has served his district diligently during his 10 years in the legislature, while playing an important role in crafting legislation to assist small businesses across the state.”
Dermody’s district includes parts of LaPorte and Starke Counties.