Press release: Shelli Yoder files for reelection to Indiana State Senate

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – JULY 31: Indiana State Senator Shelli Yoder speaks as demonstrators gather outside the Monroe County Courthouse during a series of vigils around the state of Indiana before Indiana’s near total abortion ban begins, on July 23, 2023 in Bloomington, Indiana. The vigils were organized by Hoosier Jews for Choice, Indiana NOW Chapters and MADVoters. The near total abortion ban in Indiana begins August 1, 2023. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, Assistant Minority Leader Shelli Yoder submitted official
paperwork declaring her candidacy for re-election to Indiana Senate District 40. Yoder has
represented the residents of Monroe County in the State Senate since her election in 2020. In
her first term, she established herself as a leading voice for women’s health, public education,
food security, and environmental sustainability.
“Over the past four years, I’ve fiercely defended the rights of Hoosiers and worked to build an
Indiana that is more prosperous and fair for all,“ Yoder said. “The Indiana legislature has
become a frontline for many of the most pressing issues of our time — from public school
funding to medical freedom to civil and social equality, I’ve fought for progress. In the Senate, I
have been a strong voice in support of clean air and water, access to affordable housing and
childcare, medical privacy and personal liberty, and for a brighter future for our communities.”
“Now more than ever, we need principled, progressive leadership in the General Assembly,”
Yoder added. “In my first term, I championed legislation to improve the lives of all Hoosiers –
especially those whose voices have too often been unheard in state government – and worked
across the aisle to pass common sense legislation, including making it easier to access SNAP
benefits and access to contraceptive care. It is my honor to serve the people of Monroe County
in the Indiana State Senate, and I look forward to continuing the fight for a brighter tomorrow
Yoder is a senior lecturer at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and represented her
local district on the Monroe County Council from 2013 to 2019. She served multiple years on the
board of the South Central Community Action Program, including the Head Start Policy Council,
and the Monroe County Opioid Commission. In 2017, she co-founded and co-chaired the
statewide, award-winning South Central Indiana Opioid Summit. She has an extensive
background in managing non-profit organizations focused on women’s health care. Senator
Yoder lives in Bloomington with her spouse, Josh Perry, and their three children.

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