Mishler named to replace Kenley as Senate Appropriations chairman

State Sen. Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen, has been chosen to become chairman of the powerful budget-writing Senate Appropriations Committee following Sen. Luke Kenley’s retirement later this year.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, announced the appointment Monday morning, saying in written comments that Mishler's “excellent work on the school-funding formula in the last several state budgets has proven he has the acumen, skills and temperament required to handle this challenging position.”

Kenley, 72, announced July 5 that he will retire Sept. 30 after serving Senate District 20 since 1992. He has been chairman of the appropriations committee since 2009.

“I am pleased that he will be taking on this new role,” Long said of Mishler. “He has big shoes to fill, but I am confident he will continue to provide the strong leadership Sen. Kenley has displayed during his many years of service as chairman.”

Mishler now serves as Senate Majority Whip and has been the ranking member of the appropriations committee for five years.

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