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Perfect resigns from Indiana Senate

By: - August 30, 2023 10:22 am

Sen. Chip Perfect, R-Lawrenceburg, will resign from the Indiana Senate in the coming month. (From the Indiana Senate Republicans)

Republican Sen. Chip Perfect resigned from his seat in the Indiana Senate due to personal reasons effective Sept. 26. It comes not even a year after he was re-elected to a four-year term.

“I have had the honor to serve as senator of Senate District 43 for nearly nine years and have made the difficult decision to resign my position. It is a challenge to balance public service with business, personal and family obligations, as each of those responsibilities has grown recently and it feels like a disservice to the people of my district when I cannot fully give the Indiana Senate the focus it requires,” Perfect said in a statement.

A caucus of local precinct committeemen will be used to fill out the remainder of Perfect’s term, which runs through 2026.

Perfect, of Lawrenceburg, was first elected in 2014 to succeed retiring Republican Johnny Nugent and owns Perfect North Slopes, a ski resort near Cincinnati, Ohio. He chaired the Commerce and Technology Committee and holds a Bachelor’s Degree n Agricultural Education from Purdue University.

In the latest legislative session, Perfect authored and passed bills on underground pumped storage hydropower and an administrative rules task force. He sometimes split from his colleagues to pass bills on topics such as contraception being prescribed by pharmacists and requiring hospitals to offer long-acting reversible contraceptives postpartum — the latter of which didn’t pass.

In his statement, Perfect said, “I have enjoyed my time in public service, met so many good people and learned so much. It has been a very rewarding and fulfilling experience.

“Again, thank you to everyone for the privilege of serving the people of Indiana,” he concluded.


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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.