State Senator Karen Tallian has served in the Indiana State Senate since December 2005 when she was elected to fulfill an unexpired term. Tallian was re-elected in 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018. She represents Senate District 4, which includes portions of Porter and LaPorte counties, and previously included portions of Lake County.
A graduate of the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology, the Senator’s postgraduate work includes an associate’s degree from Chicago’s Harrington Institute of Design. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1990. Senator Tallian lives in Portage and has three adult children.
Prior to joining the Senate, Tallian served her community in a variety of capacities including counsel to the Porter County Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, Portage Township Trustee, Portage Fire Department Merit Board and the Portage Police Department Merit Board. Tallian was an adjunct professor at Valparaiso University Law School and taught insurance law. She has also served as President and board member of the Portage Parks Foundation, President of the Porter County League of Women Voters and the Director of the State Board of the League of Women Voters.