Ex-Indiana House Speaker Bauer retiring after 50 years

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FILE – In this Jan. 13, 2014, file photo, Rep. B. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, left, asks a question during a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. A former Indiana House Speaker, Bauer announced Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, that he will retire after 50 years in the Legislature, representing the South Bend district that he has served since 1970, making him the longest-serving member in the Indiana Legislature’s history. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

(AP) – Former Indiana House Speaker Patrick Bauer has decided to retire after 50 years in the Legislature, ending the Democrat’s career known for his clashes with former Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and leading a five-week legislative boycott trying to block passage of a state “right-to-work” law.

Bauer announced Monday he wouldn’t seek re-election this year in the South Bend district that he’s represented since 1970, making him the longest-serving member in the Indiana Legislature’s history.

Bauer was House speaker for six years between 2002 and 2010.

He was minority leader when Democrats went on a 2011 boycott to an Illinois motel, which blocked the “right-to-work” bill that year but Republicans passed it the following year.

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(This story was originally published on January 28, 2019)

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