State Rep. Charlie Brown (D-Gary) has been honored with the first Civility in Government Award for his strong communication skills and demonstrating courtesy in office.
The award, honoring a member of each legislative caucus, is presented by the Association of Retired Members of the Indiana General Assembly (ARMIGA), a group of former Indiana lawmakers who work to recognize the achievements of current members.
A nine-member selection committee — representing academia, the media, lobbyism and former legislators — chose this years’ winners for their ability to participate in the debate with a dignified demeanor, demonstrating respect for their peers and the institution.
“I am so honored to be recognized by this outstanding group of former legislators,” said Brown. “Discussions can be heated on the House floor, but I believe that we are far more successful when we combine strong communication with emotional control and a bit of humor too.”
First elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1982, Brown has been highly involved with legislative committees, advocating for a number of youth- and health care-related issues.
Brown’s name will be displayed on a plaque that will hang in the hallway outside the House chamber.