INDIANAPOLIS–Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement upon the passing of Charlestown Senator Jim Lewis:

“Senator Jim Lewis had one of the strongest handshakes of anyone I’d ever met. And it was that same cordial strength that made Jim such an ardent advocate for his district and Southern Indiana. He was beloved by our Caucus, staff and the Senate as a whole. You didn’t have to be from one side of the aisle or another to appreciate his kindness, common sense decision making, and sense of humor. We will greatly miss Jim and I know that our chamber will be thinking of his wife, Anna Mae, who was always at his side #

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