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Karen Tallian's Biography

Office: State Senate (IN) - District 4, Democratic Minority Caucus Chair

Contact Information

200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2785

6195 Central Avenue
Portage, IN 46368

Full Name:

Karen R. Tallian




Divorced; 3 Children: Michael, Christopher, Aimee

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Streator, IL

Home City:

Portage, IN

JD, Valparaiso University Law School, 1986-1990

AA, Design, Harrington Institute of Design, 1982

BA, Philosophy/Psychology, University of Chicago, 1968-1972

Minority Caucus Chair, Indiana State Senate, 2016-present

Senator, Indiana State Senate, District 4, 2005-present

Candidate, Indiana State Senate, District 4, 2018

Member, Purdue Commission on Agriculture, 2009-present

Member, Precinct Committee, Porter County Democrats, 1986-present

Member, Great Lakes Legislative Caucus, present

Member, Board of Zoning Appeals

Former Member, Corrections and Criminal Law Committee, Indiana State Senate

Committee Chair, Democratic Precinct

Former Member, Local Government Committee, Indiana State Senate

Member, Porter County Planning Commission

Former Member, Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee, Indiana State Senate

Attorney, Karen Tallian Law Offices, 2007-present

Former Attorney, Board of Zoning Appeals

Former Attorney, Portage Fire Department

Former Attorney, Portage Township Trustee

Former Attorney, Porter County Planning Commission

Former Adjunct Professor, Valparaiso University Law School

Attorney/Partner, Eberhard and Gastineau, 1998-2007

Attorney, Bruce Clark and Associates, 1993-1998

Attorney, Hilbnich Law, 1989-1993

Board Member, Portage Parks Foundation, 1999-present

Director, Portage Parks Foundation, 1999-present

Member, Lake County Bar Association, 1990-present

Member, Porter County Bar Association, 1990-present

Member, Ogden Dunes Home Association

Member, Portage County League of Women Voters

Member, Portage Fire Department Merit Board

Director, State Board of the League of Women Voters

President, Portage Parks Foundation, 2005

Director, Indiana League of Women Voters, 1987-1992

Member, Porter County League of Women Voters, 1982-1992

President, Porter County League of Women Voters, 1986-1988


2010 Legislator of the Year Tommy Blalock Award, United Steel Workers
2008 Legislator of the Year, ACLU, Indiana

Priority Issues:

Past Significant Legislation: 2009 Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention statute (author); 2008 Great Lakes Compact; 2010: Due Process for Emergency Personnel; 2008: Automatic Deduction Property Taxes; Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund legislation;