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House honors Burton for 32 years of service in General Assembly

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Members of the Indiana House of Representatives at the Statehouse Monday honored State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) for his 32 years of serving House District 58.

“Serving our community and the state of Indiana has been a great honor,” Burton said. “For me, it has always been about the people in Johnson County. Their voice has been the driving force behind every decision and vote I have made, and it has been a privilege representing them at the Statehouse.”

Burton will finish out his term through the Nov. 3 election.

During his time in the House, Burton’s passion for helping others – especially children – led him to champion legislation supporting students with dyslexia, establishing bullying prevention programs in schools and increasing accountability in the child welfare system.

“Woody has been a tremendous friend over the years,” said State Rep. John Young (R-Franklin). “His drive for making Johnson County and Indiana the best place to live and work is admirable, and his voice at the Statehouse will be sorely missed.”

Thanks to Burton’s efforts, Hoosiers now have the option to choose the “In God We Trust” state license plate at no extra cost. He was also instrumental in passing numerous laws supporting property tax relief, creating transparency within homeowners associations and providing a 13th check for public employee pensions.

“Representative Burton has been a true public servant who always put his constituents first, and is tremendously active in his local community,” said House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis). “I appreciate Woody’s strong faith and passion for helping our state’s most vulnerable, especially those in the child welfare system. While his leadership will be missed at the Statehouse, I know he will continue helping his neighbors in Johnson County.”

Burton serves as the chair of the House Financial Institutions Committee and is a member of the House Education Committee and House Judiciary Committee.

He and his wife, Volly, reside in Whiteland, and have three children and six grandchildren.

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State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) (left) joins House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) (right) at the rostrum in the House Chamber on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at the Statehouse. It is tradition for legislators retiring from the Indiana House of Representatives to help lead floor proceedings during session. Burton is retiring in November after 32 years of serving in the General Assembly.

Burton announces retirement plans after 31 years of public service

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Nov. 21, 2019) – State Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) announced Thursday he will retire in 2020 after fulfilling his current term as state representative for House District 58.

“Serving our district and our great state has truly been an honor,” Burton said. “My top priority continues to be doing what’s best for the citizens in Johnson County, and representing their needs at the Statehouse. For me, it has always been about helping people in our communities, and ensuring the policies we consider for new laws support all Hoosiers.” 

Burton’s passion for helping others – especially children – led him to champion legislation supporting students with dyslexia, establishing bullying prevention programs in schools and increasing accountability in the child welfare system.

He was the driving force behind providing Hoosiers the option to acquire the “In God We Trust” state license plate at no extra cost. Burton also worked on numerous laws supporting property tax relief, creating transparency within homeowners associations and providing a 13th check for public employee pensions.  

“Woody is a dear friend, a man of unwavering faith and a compassionate public servant,” said House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis). “We have served alongside one another for the last 30 years, and I know our friendship will continue long after our service in the General Assembly. From passing property tax reform and the largest tax cut in state history, to helping children with dyslexia and supporting children in foster care, Woody has always put the needs of Hoosiers first and stayed true to his conservative principles.”

Burton serves as chair of the House Financial Institutions Committee, and as a member of several other committees including the House Education Committee, House Judiciary Committee, and the House Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedures.

Burton and his wife, Volly, reside in Whiteland, and have three children and six grandchildren.

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Over $3.6M to fuel Johnson County road improvements

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Johnson County communities were recently awarded over $3.6 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to area lawmakers.

This local funding is part of the nearly $100 million recently awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, according to State Reps. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland), Chris May (R-Bedford), Dollyne Sherman (R-Indianapolis) and John Young (R-Franklin).

“Indiana continues to maintain its reputation as the Crossroads of America through strategic investments like the Community Crossings Grant program,” Burton said. “These funds are dedicated to helping communities make progress and complete local road and bridge projects.”

As part of the program, Johnson County received $1 million for local road projects. In addition, several communities in the area were awarded grants, including:

  • Bargersville, $999,750;
  • Edinburgh, $639,075;
  • Greenwood, $874,130; and
  • Princes Lake, $166,816.

“So many of our public roads are in rural areas,” May said. “Preserving our local infrastructure saves everyone time and money, and makes all of us safer.”

This grant funding can be used toward road and bridge preservation, road reconstruction, intersection improvements, guardrail replacements and signage. Smaller municipalities must provide a match of 25% in local funds, while large communities must provide a 50% match.

“As our community continues to see increased construction on state roads, these grants are critical to improving our own local infrastructure,” Sherman said. “Maintaining the integrity of our roads and bridges will help ensure motorists remain safe.” 

Since 2017, state road investment is up 50% as Indiana has dedicated $3 billion to road and bridge projects across the state.

“This is a significant investment in our area,” Young said. “With these grants, our local governments can continue improving our roadways, while still funding other community priorities.”

More information about the program and recipients can be found at www.in.gov/indot.

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Reps. Burton, Young invite students to page at the Statehouse

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

State Reps. Woody Burton and John Young encourage students who want to learn more about state government to participate in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2019 legislative session.

“Paging at the Statehouse provides students with another opportunity to learn about Indiana’s state government,” Burton said. “For those interested in social studies and current events, the page program is a great way to engage with your state and local leaders while also getting a firsthand look at the lawmaking process.”

According to Young, those who are between the ages of 13 to 18 can spend a day at the Statehouse in Indianapolis helping staff and local legislators, touring government offices, and learning about the legislative process.

“It is always exciting to meet young people from our community at the Statehouse,” Young said. “This is a unique opportunity to experience how a bill becomes a law and see what state legislators are working on. Because the program fills up quickly, interested students should apply early to reserve their spot.”

Student pages receive an excused absence from school and groups can participate together. For more information and to sign up, visit www.indianahouserepublicans.com/pageprogram or call 800-382-9841.

The 2019 legislative session begins Thursday, Jan. 3, and must conclude by April 30.

Whiteland Community High School recognized for AP success

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

The Indiana Department of Education on Tuesday awarded Whiteland Community High School for student success on AP exams for the 2016-2017 school year, according to State Rep. Woody Burton.

During the 2018 Indiana AP Recognition Ceremony, the DOE and College Board recognized more than 70 schools for having 25 percent or more of their graduating class earn a score of 3 out of 5 on at least one AP exam.

“Students who enroll in AP courses can jumpstart their college education and prepare for higher-level work while they are still in high school,” Burton said. “These college-level classes are more rigorous than traditional high school coursework, and if a student scores high enough, colleges and universities will award them credit. Our community is fortunate to have excellent educators teaching these courses, as they are instrumental in ensuring students are successful once they graduate high school.”

Burton said high school students take AP exams after they complete courses designed to demonstrate they are prepared to handle college-level work. With a successful AP exam score, a student can usually earn college credit. AP exams are developed by the College Board, a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization that connects students to success and opportunity in higher education.

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State Rep. Woody Burton represents a portion of Johnson County.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Woody Burton  joins State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick at the Statehouse on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, to recognize Whiteland Community High School for having 25 percent or more of their graduating class earn a score of 3 out of 5 on at least one AP exam. Pictured left to right: McCormick, Clark-Pleasant Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Spray; Brian Lukich, math teacher; Whiteland Community High School Principal Tom Zobel; Burton; and Dave McMillan, counselor.