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State Sen. Crane won’t seek reelection

By: - August 1, 2023 11:17 am

State Sen. John Crane will not seek reelection in 2024. (Photo from Indiana Senate Republicans)

Sen. John Crane, the Republican representative for Avon, won’t seek reelection in 2024.

“This decision has come through considerable prayer and discernment,” Crane said in a statement Tuesday. “I originally ran for public office because I was called by God to do so. I have never set my sights on becoming a career politician. The mission has always been to follow God’s lead and serve where I’m able.”

First elected in 2016, Crane won reelection in 2020 and is currently ranking. member on the  Senate Committee on Education and Career Development. He also serves on the Elections, Family and Children Services, Homeland Security and Transportation, Pensions and Labor and Veterans Affairs and Military committees. 

Crane previously told the Indiana Capital Chronicle that he intentionally didn’t author many bills, saying he thought state government needed fewer laws.

In a release, the outgoing senator said he wasn’t leaving the Senate to pursue a higher political office nor was it because of any negative experiences.

“On the contrary,” Crane said, “it is one of the highest privileges of my life to serve the great people of Indiana in the Senate and to work alongside so many high caliber colleagues. I look forward to continuing that good work through the remainder of my current Senate term until November 2024.”

Rather, Crane said the “growing demands” of professional responsibilities with JBC Leadership Strategies and the Sagamore Leadership Initiative contributed to his decision.

Despite his planned departure, the senator said he was committed to his work in the interim and 2024 legislative session.

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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.

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