INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – State Senator Justin Bush is officially in office.
You’ll remember Busch, is a former Allen County Councilman and Council Vice President.
He announced his candidacy for the State Senate seat after Senator David Long retired in November.
Busch was voted in by the Northeast Indiana GOP back in October.
Fort Wayne’s NBC spoke with Busch at the Statehouse, and he says he has spent the past two days getting to know his colleagues and says everyone in the Senate has been gracious and helpful.
As for what he hopes to accomplish this year, Bush said his top priority is looking for a balanced budget.
“You know I think there’s a lot of things, first and foremost would be make sure we have a budget that makes sense for Indiana, looks out for all parts of the state. But certainly one that looks out for northeast Indiana as well. So make sure we get that budget process right, make sure we take care of every time of the taxpayers dollars that we are entrusted to. I think it really is what is going to help all Hoosiers, particularly our area as well,” said Busch.
He said he hopes to find more funds for innovative programs to help Hoosiers these next two years.
We asked him how he feel’s about filling Senator Long’s shoes he said, “Incredibly big shoes to fill, I like to day though he’s a size 13, I’m a size 13. So actually I can fill those realistically, but figuratively I think it’s going to take a little longer, but I’m up for the challenge.”
Busch will serve on the Senate committees of agriculture; corrections and criminal law; health and provider services; and natural resources.