|Sen. Karen Talllian in Action|
Photo from the Indiana Senate Democrats
Tallian, a Northern Indiana attorney, brings her progressive record into the race. She represents District 4 along the shores of Lake Michigan including the cities of Portage, Chesterton, and parts of Michigan City.
The veteran legislator is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee and also serves on the Corrections and Criminal Law Committee, the Environmental Affairs Committee, and is also the ranking member on the Pensions & Labor Committee.
Her official Senate biography shows a wide range of expertise. She's been an attorney and has taught law at Valparaiso University. She was active in township and Porter County government before being elected to the legislature in 2005 in a caucus to fill an unexpired term. She has been reelected by her constituents ever since in 2006, 2010, and 2014.
Tallian has a great background, but, frankly, no one knows her. That leaves her behind in the name recognition game to John Gregg, currently the only Democrat in the race. New isn't necessarily bad, but she will need to work extra hard to lay groundwork John Gregg doesn't have to lay. That work has to happen NOW.
I say best of luck!