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Jim Merritt, Jr.'s Biography

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Full Name:

James 'Jim' W. Merritt, Jr.




Wife: Kelley; 3 Children: Abby, Jennifer, Will

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Indianapolis, IN

Home City:

Indianapolis, IN



BA, Political Science, Indiana University, 1981

Former Majority Caucus Chair, Indiana State Senate

Senator, Indiana State Senate, District 31, 1990-2020

Candidate, Indiana State Senate, District 31, 2018

Committeeman, Precinct Committee, 1986-1990, 1996-present

Member, Indianapolis Museum of Art Government Relations Committee

Chair, Lawrence Township Drug Abuse Resistance Education Council

Founder, Reaching Parents in Crisis Task Force

Chair, Regulatory Affairs Committee

Former Member, Transportation Subcommittee, Indiana State Senate

President, Circle Financial Corporation, present

Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Indiana Railroad Company

President, Lawrence Township Republican Club, 1997-present

Member, Association of Indiana Museums, present

Member, Board of Advisors, Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, present

Member, Board of Directors, Friends of the Indiana Archives, present

Member, Fairview Presbyterian Church, present

Member, Indiana War Memorials Foundation, present

Member, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, present

Member, Board of Directors, Historical Landmarks Foundation of Indiana

Trustee, Indiana Historical Society


Ranked Most Pro-Job Indiana Senator, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2011
Legislator of the Year, National Republican Legislators Association, 2001
Youth Advocacy Award, Association of Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, 1996
Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments, 1994
Program for Emerging Leaders, Darden School of Business Administration, University of Virginia, 1994
Highest Award for Achievement, Dale Carnegie Course, 1990
Lawrence Township Republican of the Year, 1987