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Maxwell sworn in to Indiana Senate, succeeds Perfect

By: - September 28, 2023 4:19 pm

Chief Justice Loretta Rush, right, swears in the state’s newest senator, Guilford Republican Randy Maxwell. (Photo from the Indiana Senate Republicans)

Indiana’s newest State Sen. Randy Maxwell, a Republican from Guilford, was sworn in Thursday by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush, succeeding Sen. Chip Perfect, of Lawrenceburg, who resigned earlier this year.

Maxwell will serve the remainder of Perfect’s term through November 2026 and represents all of Dearborn, Jefferson, Ohio, Scott and Switzerland counties as well as southern Jennings County. Maxwell was selected in a private caucus vote on Sept. 12, defeating two other candidates for the seat.

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“I am honored to have been chosen to represent Senate District 43,” Maxwell said in a release. “I am ready to give more time and commitment back to our communities and look forward to proudly serving Hoosiers at the Statehouse.”

Maxwell holds degrees in finance and entrepreneurship from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and played for the Hoosiers’ football team as a tight end in the late 90s. He works as the CEO of Maxwell Construction, a family-owned general contractor and development company, joining a number of lawmakers with homebuilding backgrounds.

Previous experience includes memberships with the Ripley County and Batesville Chambers of Commerce as well as an appointment to the Indiana Unemployment Insurance Board from former Gov. Mitch Daniels. Maxwell and his wife, Robin, have three children, the youngest of whom is in high school

“With decades of community involvement and service to speak for, my roots run deep in Southeast Indiana,” Maxwell said. “This is why I stand ready to represent our communities’ values at the Statehouse and see what more can be done to help our communities continue to grow.”


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Whitney Downard
Whitney Downard

A native of upstate New York, Whitney previously covered statehouse politics for CNHI’s nine Indiana papers, focusing on long-term healthcare facilities and local government. Prior to her foray into Indiana politics, she worked as a general assignment reporter for The Meridian Star in Meridian, Mississippi. Whitney is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University (#GoBonnies!), a community theater enthusiast and cat mom.