Special to the Tribune-Star
State Rep. F. Dale Grubb (D-Covington), who has served in the General Assembly since 1988, announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2012.
“I am thankful I had the opportunity to serve and help many of the people of the 42nd District and all Hoosiers,” he said.
Grubb’s distinguished tenure in the House has been marked by his leadership in forging bipartisan consensus on many subjects. Fellow lawmakers often said his soft-spoken, unassuming manner helped settle many disputes.
“Most of the issues I have worked on began as concerns or ideas brought to me by the people who live in the 42nd District,” Grubb said.
Grubb has gained statewide recognition for a number of issues, especially the passage of legislation that has led to greater participation in organ donation programs.
“Expanding the organ donor programs has given me the greatest satisfaction,” Grubb said. “By encouraging more people to choose to be an organ donor, as designated on their driver’s licenses, we have helped to save the lives of many Hoosiers.”
Other accomplishments worthy of note from Grubb’s service include bills on renewable energy expansion and legislation the created an oversight board to handle student/parent appeals before the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA). He also has authored numerous bills benefitting Hoosier veterans and agriculture.
Among the many paying tribute to Grubb was State Rep. Bill Friend (R-Macy), who has worked with Dale on many issues impacting rural Indiana.
“Dale is known for working regardless of politics to help all Hoosiers, and his efforts are a model for others to follow,” Friend said. “Dale’s decision is a loss for the legislative process. His constituents should be very proud of his accomplishments.”