Sheila (Sheila) Klinker (D-027)

State Representative Sheila Klinker

Sheila (Sheila) Klinker (D-027)
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Capitol: 317.232.9875
FAX: 317.232.9795
District: 765.742.1692
Room 4-1 State House 200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786
200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786
Residence:Lafayette, IN

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State Representative Sheila Klinker was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1982 to represent Indiana House District 27 (serving parts of both Lafayette and West Lafayette). A proud Boilermaker, Klinker received her bachelor's in education and two master's degrees, one in elementary education and one in administration and supervision, from Purdue University. She is a former teacher who taught for more than 34 years in the Lafayette School Corporation and worked as the Outreach Liaison for the Purdue School of Education for 15 years. Early in her legislative career, Klinker was appointed chair of the Legislative Interim Study Commission on Developmental Disabilities. She has worked tirelessly advocating for the rights of children and families, as well as individuals who are mentally ill or developmentally challenged. In particular, Klinker was a strong advocate for the First Steps program, which provides services to infants and toddlers age 0 to 2 who have developmental delays or disabilities. She also advocates that children age 3 to 5 receive these invaluable services. As a leader on the House Ways and Means Committee, Klinker is a tenacious advocate for funding home- and community-based services for elderly people and those with mental illnesses and addictions. She also sponsored legislation creating the 529 College Savings Fund to provide tax benefits to parents and grandparents who donate money for post-secondary or higher education for their children and grandchildren. The list of legislative initiatives by Klinker to improve Hoosier lives is extensive. She has pushed legislation improving all levels of education, prenatal substance abuse initiatives, guardianship issues, veterans issues, protection and advocacy issues, as well as most recently authoring legislation to create Lifelong Learning Accounts (LiLAs) for low-income working adults pursuing education or job training. Awards presented to Klinker in the past include- The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arc of Indiana, the Indiana Residential Facilities Association's Legislative Efforts Recognition Award, Indiana Advocates for Children (GAL-CASA) Outstanding Service Award; Woman of Distinction Award from the Sycamore Girl Scout Council; Young Women's Christian Association Salute to Women in Politics Award; Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Special Recognition Award; Indiana Association for Counseling and Development's Legislative Service Recognition Award; the Disabled American Veterans' Legislator of the Year; and, in October 2017, she was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus from the Purdue College of Education. As a college student, Klinker was named "Miss Purdue" and finished as second runner-up in the "Miss Indiana" contest. She also recently served as the Grand Marshall of the 2018 Purdue Grand Prix. Klinker lives in Lafayette with her husband, Victor. They have three children and five grandchildren.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 1982    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Victor Klinker   DOB: 12/20/1938
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