For more than 40 years, Ron Grooms has been a trusted member of our community. Our families have trusted Ron, a pharmacist and former owner of Hanger’s Pharmacy, with their medical needs for decades. Our citizens have trusted Ron as a public servant, electing him to represent us and fight for Southeast Indiana, first as a member of the Jeffersonville City Council and representing Floyd County and a portion of Clark County at the Statehouse.
A trusted businessman, community leader, and public servant with a proven track record of economic growth, creating jobs, improving education, and balancing budgets, Ron Grooms is the type of leader we need to keep fighting for us at the Statehouse and keep Indiana moving in the right direction. During his tenure, Ron Grooms has been a strong voice for Southeast Indiana, putting people before politics to help ensure a better life for us and our children.
And Ron has served our community well. He is a former member of the Clark, Floyd and Harrison Family Health Center Advisory Board, where he used his expertise in the health care industry to improve the health and well-being of all of us who proudly call these communities home. He has also served on the Jeffersonville Housing Authority Board, the Police Officers & Firefighters Fund Advisory Committee for the state, the New Hope Services Board of Directors and Leadership Southern Indiana. A father of two daughters, Grooms is a long-time member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Jeffersonville.
During his tenure as our State Senator, Ron has worked with colleagues to pass truly balanced budgets, encourage economic growth, create jobs, increase education funding, promote better access to health services, combat the opioid crisis, and improve our infrastructure.
Thanks to sound fiscal management by Ron and his fellow legislators, Indiana was recently named as having the best state government in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The state budget is truly balanced, with $2 billion in reserves and two-thirds of our state debt eliminated. Hoosiers are keeping more of their hard-earned income thanks to a 5 percent reduction in income taxes, the elimination of the inheritance or "death tax", and permanent property tax caps.
Ron has helped bring more than 3,500 new jobs to our communities with businesses such as Amazon. Due to his efforts, our region has a lower unemployment rate than both the state of Indiana and the nation (as of November 2017). Ron supported legislation that created Workforce Ready Grants to help Hoosiers obtain high-value industry certification that leads to high-paying jobs.
A strong proponent of school choice, Ron believes Hoosier parents should have options from which to choose when deciding where to send their children to school and he is committed to making sure our schools are well-funded and teachers well-paid. In fact, more than half of every dollar in the state budget is spent on education, and funding for K-12 education has increased $1 billion during the last five years.
He is also committed to ensuring Hoosier students receive the education they need to prepare them for the 21st Century workforce and supports programs that help students find the right career path for them, whether it be secondary education, technical school or other training.
As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Family and Child Services, Ron has fought for more funding for the Department of Child Services. And he is working with Governor Holcomb to help conduct a thorough inquiry into how DCS is managed and why the number of Hoosier children receiving services has grown 75 percent in the last four years.
As a member of the Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services, Ron has used his knowledge and experience as a pharmacist to pass legislation to address the opioid crisis by enacting tougher penalties on dealers and cracking down on "pill mills" as well as legislation expanding availability of critical vaccines to Hoosier children and adults.
A former member of the Senate Transportation Committee, Ron worked diligently on solving our local infrastructure issues including timely completion of the Ohio River bridges.