Smith Ranked Least Effective Legislator

Milo Smith at podiumBartholomew County Democratic Party Chairperson Priscilla Scalf today criticized Republican State Representative Milo Smith for his performance in the State Legislature, citing a study by the Sunlight Foundation’s Open States project which ranked Smith as the second least effective legislator in the Indiana House. The only representative to score as less effective than Smith, Greg Beumer, is a gospel musician appointed to his seat just last November and has served less than a year in office.

“Earlier this month, the Washington Post carried a story detailing a project by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates for open government,” Scalf said. “The Open States project seeks to rank the partisanship and effectiveness of state legislatures and their members across the country. When you look at the Indiana House of Representatives, you will find Republican Milo Smith almost on the bottom.” 

“These were not rankings on particular issues or for a particular philosophy,” Scalf continued. “The measure was strictly on effectiveness, as indicated by success in getting things done. With Republicans firmly in control, Milo Smith was less effective than all but one of his colleagues, and he ranked lower in effectiveness than every Democrat in the House.”
“We deserve better. That is why Bartholomew County Democrats are proud to support Zack Ellison, with his extensive record of public and private accomplishment to be our State Representative in the Indiana House,” Scalf concluded.

Ellison was selected earlier this month as a candidate by a caucus of Democratic precinct committeemen.

Ellison served five years in the United States Marine Corps, and moved to Bartholomew County in 1985 to join Cummins Engine Co., where he retired in 2012 as the Director of Customer Technical Support for North America in 2012.  In 2013, he was named President of Data Cave, Inc., a world class data center located in Columbus, IN. 

He currently serves as Chair of the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans, the Bartholomew County Plan Commission and the Columbus Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board, as well as Vice-Chair of the Bartholomew County Board of Zoning Appeals.  He also serves on the Columbus Regional Hospital Board of Trustees and the Columbus Regional Hospital Foundation.

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