Brian C. Bosma, House speaker of the Indiana General Assembly, has been named Beech Grove High School’s Alumnus of the Year.
Bosma, who graduated in 1976, was first elected in 1996 to represent House District 88, which encompasses the northeast portion of Marion County, a part of southern Hamilton County and the western part of Hancock County.
As a Republican leader in the Statehouse, Bosma’s record of reform is unparalleled. His time is marked by significant policy achievements, which turned Indiana in a new direction over the past decade.
The speaker has opened floor proceedings and committee meetings to Hoosiers via the internet while tightening the legislative ethics rules. House GOP members also championed Major Moves, Indiana’s landmark highway funding plan that resulted in the construction of I-69 and the Ohio River bridges.
Bosma, who will be honored Saturday, June 10, during the Beech Grove Alumni Association’s annual awards dinner, said he is a strong advocate for school choice, and he championed the state’s strong charter school system, giving families of limited financial means school choice scholarships.
In 2012 he led the charge to make Indiana the 23rd Right to Work state in the nation, and in 2013 he and House Republicans championed the passage of the largest tax cut package in state history. He has spearheaded 13 tax cuts in the last decade while maintaining the state’s strong reserves and AAA credit rating, making Indiana the fiscal envy of the nation.
Bosma is a founding director of Bosma Industries for the Blind, which employs more than 125 blind and visually impaired Hoosiers statewide. He has practiced law at the Indianapolis firm of Kroger, Gardis & Regas for 30 years, where he focuses on local government and environmental law.
Brian and Cheryl Bosma have been married for 34 years and are proud parents of Allison (28) and Chris (25). Chris and his wife, Katherine, live in Indianapolis where Chris is entering his third year of medical school and pursuing a master’s in public health. Allison lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she is a kitchen manager and pursuing a master’s degree in art, leadership and administration.Bosma grew up in Beech Grove, where his family owned and operated Bosma Dairy and a soda fountain and retail dairy store on Main Street. An appreciation for hard work came early as his Dutch grandparents and his parents expected every family member to carry their weight after school, on weekends and throughout the summer.
His father was a World War II front-line combat Army officer who participated in the liberation of slave camps in Europe before returning to Indiana to continue his service in the Indiana General Assembly.
Bosma was raised with a keen awareness of each individual’s obligation to serve their community and to aggressively attack problems regardless of how daunting they may be.
After high school he graduated from Purdue University’s College of Engineering (1981) and Indiana University School of Law (1984).
His honors and awards are numerous. The following are some of them:
• Outstanding Young Hoosier, Indiana Jaycees, 1987.
• Sagamore of the Wabash, Gov. Robert D. Orr, 1988
• Guardian of Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Business, 1990.
• Top Forty Leaders Under Forty, Indianapolis Business Journal, 1995.
• Environmental Impact Award, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, 1996
• Friend of Autism Award, 2001.
• Indiana Small Business Champion, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2003.
• Chairman’s Award, National Federation of Independent Business, 2003.
• Friends of First Steps Award, 2005
• Public Service Award, Indiana Inc., 2008.
• Golden Apple Award, Indiana Virtual School Families, 2011.
Legislator of the Year, Indiana Public Charter School Association, 2011.
• Distinguished Barrister Award, Indiana Lawyer, 2012.
• Presidential Citation, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, 2013.
• State Alliance Champion Award, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 2016.