INDIANAPOLIS – Today, State Senator Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) announced he will retire his Senate seat at the end of his current term. Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) had the following response to Sen. Stoops’ retirement:

“I could not have been prouder to work with Sen. Stoops during his over seven years in the General Assembly. District 40 chose a true leader for progressive values and a senator that always strived for equality for all Hoosiers.

“Since he was elected, Sen. Stoops never shied away from introducing big and transformative legislation, always directed at protecting all Hoosiers, no matter who they are or where they come from. In 2014, Sen. Stoops co-authored legislation to address the problem of concussions among Indiana’s student athletes. In 2017, the senator offered a bill to help resolve barriers for Hoosiers with disabilities when they are seeking employment.

“Just this past session, Sen. Stoops led the way on addressing gun deaths in our state. He introduced legislation to require the safe storage of firearms to help keep guns out of the hands of children who should not have access to them, a policy supported by a majority of gun owners.

“Sen. Stoops also wanted to make sure Indiana was not left behind by other states around us. He authored legislation to allow the use of medical marijuana for the terminally ill as well as a bill to ban conversion therapy for those under the age of 18. Both policies have been passed in a number of other states.

“Besides these bills, Sen. Stoops has consistently fought for and introduced legislation that aims to protect the environment, support public education and defend consumer interests across the state. Sen. Stoops has clearly been a loyal advocate that his constituents could trust to represent them at the statehouse. Our caucus will miss his contributions, but we have certainly benefited from his many years of service.”