Top Indiana GOP lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19

Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston speaks during Organization Day at the Statehouse, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced Thursday morning.

Huston, R-Fishers, has experienced mild symptoms and is quarantining at home, according to his spokesperson.

He has not been at the Statehouse within the last week or in recent contact with other lawmakers or legislative staff, his spokesperson said.

Huston, 48, tested positive on Wednesday.

“The pandemic has impacted Hoosiers and their families across our state, especially in the recent surge of cases,” Huston said in a written statement. “Unfortunately, I have tested positive for COVID-19 as well. I will continue quarantining at home and taking all necessary precautions. I look forward to returning to work when it’s safe to do so.”

Huston is one several lawmakers known to have tested positive for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic. State Sen. J.D. Ford, D-Indianapolis, told IBJ last week that he had recently tested positive and was quarantining.

Huston replaced former House Speaker Brian Bosma in March, after Bosma stepped down following 12 years in total in the position.

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13 thoughts on “Top Indiana GOP lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19

  1. O my !!!!
    Im sure he will blow through it like 99.98 % of the nation that has had it. While we destroy small Buisness and etc.
    Suicide has taken more lives in indiana that the virus.
    Let alone drug and alcohol abuse. Great going Leftys.
    Can’t wait to see what you propose next.

  2. Indiana’s governor should just lock it down. Almost a year into this, something sinister is occuring within our country. Pharmaceutical companies have aleays been legalized drug dealers.

  3. The insensitivity and sophomoric name calling needs to stop. McConnell and Pelosi each have a responsibility to citizens to develop a bill to be approved by the House and the Senate. Legislators in states and at the federal level must once again act responsibly and do so respectfully. No one party has the sole correct answer. Lack of civil discourse and demeanor is tearing at the democracy and state of the Union. What may be tearing apart our city’s [sic] . . . a nonsense statement without merit . . . is subjective. Regarding masks, no one can be forced to wear one. However, science strongly suggests that wearing a mask can diminish the likelihood of transmission of Covid. As many choose to go without masks, the potential for transmission is increased; Indiana among other places is a hot spot with infections continuing to increase; the relationship is clear.

  4. Latest mortality info from the Indiana State Department of Health is for 2017. Suicide deaths = 1,083. Poisoning deaths = 1,719. COVD related deaths (2020, 9 months) = 6,207.

  5. Thank you, Derek C for that important reminder of civility in discourse. Thank you Jim M for the given the correct information about the tragic deaths from suicide and COVID.

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