Mishler_2013State Senator Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) gathered with fellow legislators Tuesday at the Statehouse for Organization Day — the ceremonial start of the 120th Indiana General Assembly. Mishler took the oath of office, officially beginning a new term as the State Senator representing District 9.

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush led the swearing-in ceremony.

Organization Day is marked by the swearing in of new and re-elected General Assembly members as well as the annual first roll call of all state lawmakers. This day also provides each Senate and House of Representatives caucus with the opportunity to organize before session officially reconvenes on Jan. 3.

The 2017 session is a budget year, meaning lawmakers will craft a comprehensive plan to fund state government services for the next two years. By law, the 2017 legislative session must be completed no later than April 29.

“In the coming months, I will work hard to ensure Indiana maintains and improves our strong economic gains, while providing for the needs of Hoosiers in Senate District 9 and across Indiana,” Mishler said. “As we craft the next two-year budget, I will prioritize funds to support our schools and transportation infrastructure.”

As the 2017 session gets under way, Mishler encourages residents of Senate District 9 to contact him with any questions or comments they may have. Mishler can be reached via email at  Senator.Mishler@iga.in.gov or by phone at 1-800-382-9467.