stacey donatoTuesday, November 17th, I gathered with fellow legislators at the Statehouse for Organization Day — the ceremonial start of the 122nd Indiana General Assembly.

Organization Day includes the swearing in of new and returning members of the General Assembly, and I took the oath of office to begin a new term as the state senator representing District 18. This day also marks the annual first roll call of all state lawmakers and gives each Senate and House of Representatives caucus the opportunity to organize in preparation for the 2021 legislative session.

During the first session of each General Assembly, lawmakers craft a comprehensive budget to fund government services for the next two years.

I am honored to be sworn in to serve my first full term as the state senator for District 18. Over the next four years, I look forward to working with my peers in the Senate and House of Representatives to address our state’s most pressing issues and overcome the negative impacts of COVID-19.

As the 2021 session begins, I encourage residents of Senate District 18 to contact me with any questions or comments by email at or by phone at 800-382-9467.