Todd Rokita

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Governor Mike Pence got his chance Tuesday to sound vice presidential for Donald Trump as the Republican presidential candidate’s decision on a running mate approaches.

The two met in Indianapolis earlier in the day, prior to a private fundraiser.

Pence was effusive in his praise for Trump at the Republican presidential hopeful’s rally in Westfield.

Pence declared to a crowd of more than a thousand that Trump “gets it” and hears the voice of Americans.

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Representative Todd Rokita (R-4th) defended his proposed change to school lunch funding at Wednesday’s State Board of Education Meeting as a way to save the federal government money.

Today, schools can give everyone free lunch if four out of 10 students qualify for it. Supporters of that law say it can take more money to determine who qualifies for free lunch than it does to make lunch free for everyone.

Rokita has proposed a law to limit the number of schools that can offer the program.

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Indiana Fourth District U.S. Representative Todd Rokita says the federal highway bill recently passed by Congress provides reliability in funding and eliminates stress for states and contractors as they plan to upgrade and maintain roads.

 

 The bill provides five years of funding with more than $5 billion for Indiana.

 Rokita, a member of the House Transportation Committee, says the federal highway bill is paid for without gimmicks, relying mostly on the gasoline tax, with some alternative revenue streams that include funds from the Federal Reserve. 

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Indiana Republican leaders are mostly staying out of the free-for-all GOP primary for president -- at least for now.

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann is Carly Fiorina's state co-chair, and Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) has endorsed Marco Rubio (R-FL). But the rest of Indiana's top Republicans are so far keeping a low profile.

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Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) predicts the chaos surrounding the election of a new House speaker will benefit Congress in the long run.

The government runs out of spending authority December 11 and is also approaching its debt ceiling, but Rokita notes outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has said he'll stay on the job until a replacement is chosen.

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Indiana's Republican members of Congress issued mostly brief and respectful statements Friday about the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, even though one had battled with Boehner in the past.

“There’s no doubt the Speaker presided over a difficult time in our nation’s history," reads a statement by Rep. Larry Buschon (R-8th), for whom Boehner had hosted fundraisers in the past.

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-4th), another longtime ally of Boehner, issued a terse statement thanking the outgoing House Speaker for his service.

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There's still only one House member running to replace Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) next year -- at least for now.

Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) sent an e-mail Wednesday indicating he will not challenge former state Republican chairman Eric Holcomb and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) for the GOP nomination next year.

"While I am prepared to serve statewide again," the former Secretary of State writes, "If the question is ‘where can we do the most good for Indiana?’," Rokita feels the answer for him is still in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Free-for-all Could Ensue For Coats' Senate Seat

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The field for the seat of the retiring Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) may not be complete yet. Former Coats and Mitch Daniels chief of staff Eric Holcomb and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) are already seeking the Republican nomination. But Rep. Todd Young (R-9th) hasn‘t ruled it out, and says he‘s laying groundwork in case he decides to take the plunge.

"In due time we will make known my family’s decision, my own decision… It should be soon enough," Young says.

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Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita was in West Lafayette earlier this week, meeting with teachers, students, and cafeteria workers at Harrison High School and Burnett Creek Elementary School.

Rokita serves as the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.

He says the visit was the start of “an education tour” of Indiana.

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Though he’s not declaring his candidacy yet, Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) says he is considering a run for the Senate seat set to be vacated by Dan Coats (R-IN) next year.

Rokita says it was his time on the senator’s staff that helped him decide to become a politician.

“I was an intern in his office at one point in time. I was a very young man – an unpaid intern. And so in many ways, Dan Coats gave me the bug for public service,” Rokita says.

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