Indiana’s new legislators are now official General Assembly members. Rolling Prairie Republican Jim Pressel was among those sworn in during Tuesday’s organization day in the Indiana House Chamber, formally making him the state representative for House District 20.
He was recently elected to the seat previously held by fellow Republican Tom Dermody. He opted not to run for reelection.
Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush administered the oath.
“I look forward to representing the people and the values of House District 20,” Pressel said in a statement. “This session, I will work with my fellow lawmakers to balance Indiana’s next two-year budget and support a sustainable, long-term solution to fund Hoosier roads. All of this will keep Indiana moving in the right direction.”
A LaPorte High School graduate and local small-business owner, Pressel is active in the community. He is a member of the Sacred Heart Church, president of the Indiana Builders Association and helped start the New Prairie High School Building Trades Program. Pressel and his spouse, Becky, are the parents of James Pressel III and Kristen Barber, who is married to Joel and has two children, Ashlyn and Brinley.