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Republicans pick UIndy VP as new Indiana state senator

Republican Cynthia "Cyndi" Carrasco (Submitted Photo from 2022 Campaign)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A woman who took over as vice president and general counsel of the University of Indianapolis in June will become a Republican state senator.

Cynthia Carrasco will fill the Indiana Senate District 36 seat, which was vacated when Jack Sandlin died a month ago, the state Republican Party announced Wednesday night.

District 36 includes Marion County’s Perry Township, and White River and Pleasant townships in neighboring Johnson County.

Carrasco is a former deputy general counsel and ethics officer for Gov. Eric Holcomb. UIndy noted Carrasco’s experience also included serving as executive director of the Indiana State Ethics Commission from 2007-2015 and as Indiana’s inspector general from 2015-2017. She was a failed 2022 candidate for Marion County prosecutor.

She will fill the Senate seat through November 2024.

Indiana’s Republican Party chairwoman announced the appointment in a news release issued Wednesday night. Anne Hathaway said in the announcement, “While we are all still mourning the loss of Senator Sandlin, Hoosiers in the district should know they will be well represented by Cyndi. We are excited to have her join the rest of the Republican senate caucus to deliver results for District 36 and the rest of the state.”

A statement from Carrasco said she lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Robert, and their daughter, Sarah. They attend church at Saints Francis & Clare of Assisi in Greenwood.

“It is my solemn honor to have been elected to fulfill the remainder of my friend Jack Sandlin’s term in the State Senate. I will never try to be another Jack, but I will keep his legacy at heart, and will be your representative at the Statehouse and in the community as I fight for Hoosier families and our foundational conservative principles. I will always fully support law enforcement and their mission to keep our families safe and hold criminals accountable. I will work to keep taxes low, ensure our state government spends within its means, that small businesses remain supported, and that our education system works for all Hoosier children with transparency and parental involvement along the way. And I will be an unwavering conservative voice for Marion and Johnson Counties in the State Senate. I look forward to serving the Hoosiers I’m blessed to represent.”

Statement from Cyndi Carrasco