INDIANAPOLIS – Today, State Senator Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington) announced his retirement from the Indiana State Senate after 7 years of service to the state, and 14 years in local elected office. Sen. Stoops has been a fierce advocate for Hoosier families, fighting for bills that drive environmental sustainability and green job development, increase human rights protections and improve health care accessibility. Although not running for reelection in 2020, Sen. Stoops will continue to represent Senate District 40 during the 2020 legislative session.

“It has been an honor representing the people of District 40,” Sen. Stoops said. “I found that the experience I gained in local government was critical to managing and understanding legislation as it moved through the process, but also with that, the importance of bringing my district’s tradition of inclusion, community welfare and environmental integrity to the state legislature to help move this state forward.

“My final session in 2020 will be no different. I will promote bills requiring universal background checks for gun purchases and safe firearm storage in the home. I will fight for expanding public transit options throughout the state. I will advocate for our public schools and teachers and work to make charter and voucher schools more accountable. I will fight to make sure that all Hoosiers are treated with dignity and respected as individuals, no matter their sex, their skin color, whom they love or where they were born. I will work to make elections more fair and secure and to put systems in place to protect and improve our environment.

“I am confident in the voters of Bloomington to elect a new senator to be a leader for progressive ideals. The Democrats in the Senate play an important role in defending Hoosiers from the Republican supermajority’s continuous attacks on the poor, on women, on public schools, on the environment and on common sense.”