Rising Sun attorney Lane Siekman today announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the United States Congress from the 6th Congressional District of Indiana. Siekman confirmed that he had mailed his declaration of candidacy to the Secretary of State in Indianapolis.
"It’s official, I’m in," said Siekman. "I have spent the past several months talking to civic leaders, party officials, and the voters of the 6th District and people are upset with this Congress and it’s inaction on important issues. The Congressional approval rating is at its lowest point in history because we have allowed big money and special interests to gain control. The Citizens United decision has put our democracy up for sale to the highest bidder. We have a Congress that is tied up in partisan bickering and failing to live up to its’ responsibility to provide solid leadership and policy. We as a nation are suffering.”
“I considered entering the race in 2012 but I can no longer stand by and just watch. Luke Messer is part of the problem. He pushed for a shutdown of the government last fall and helped to manufacture a crisis over the debt ceiling. In doing so, He risked the financial solvency of this nation. This taking us to the brink of disaster is just another example of the destructive winning at all costs attitude in our nation’s capitol. It used to be that these kind of politics stopped the day after the election and our elected representatives went about doing the people’s business. I believe that we can do better. I have spent my life working with people and businesses in rural small town Indiana. Its those same small town values which I hope to take to Washington as your Congressman.”
Siekman, (53), is a native Hoosier, ran previously for the Indiana State Senate in District 43, and has served as legal counsel for numerous government boards and commissions. Additionally, Siekman is a leader in regional economic development serving as Executive Director of the Ohio County Economic Development Corporation and Secretary of the Southeastern Indiana Regional Growth Alliance.
He is a former president of the Rising Sun Rotary Club, the Ohio County Historical Society, and the Rising Sun-Ohio County Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the First United Church of Christ, Rising Sun Lodge No. 6 F&AM, and other professional organizations. Siekman received his bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Ball State University in Muncie and his Juris Doctorate degree from Indiana University in Indianapolis. He is married to his wife Robin, a registered nurse, and is the proud father of three children, daughters Allison and Caroline, and son Brenden.
Siekman's campaign staff will be announced shortly. Until then, he can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 812-438-4072. To learn more about Lane Siekman, or to contribute, please visit: www.LaneSiekman.com or follow him on twitter @ILikeLane or I Like Lane on Facebook.