Rep. Pond dies
Sunday, September 22, 2013 10:03 PM
FORT WAYNE - State Rep. Phyllis Pond (R- New Haven) died Sunday
after being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in early September. She had announced her resignation several weeks ago. Rep. Pond was elected to the state legislature in 1978 and was the
longest serving female state representative in the history of Indiana.
She was also the first female lawmaker to earn a seat in the front row
in the House Chamber, which is reserved for House leaders or
representatives with the most seniority.
“Today, the State of Indiana mourns the loss of a leader and a friend to
all Hoosiers. Phyllis was a revered colleague, a strong voice for her
district and a compassionate conservative who always stood by her
principles,” said House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis).
Prior to being elected to the legislature, Rep. Pond worked as a
kindergarten teacher. From this experience, she authored the Primetime
Education Bill which capped kindergarten through third grade classroom
sizes at 18. During her 35 years of service in the House, she was also
instrumental in crafting many other key pieces of legislation to improve
the livelihood and education of Hoosier students.
Reminiscent of her days in the classroom, for her last few years as a
legislator, Rep. Pond cast her votes with a ruler. This allowed her to
vote without reaching across the desk to push the buttons – an idea
which she couldn’t believe took her 30 years to think of. She was also very passionate about giving back to those who have served
our country. During the holidays, she always encouraged people to send
cards and words of encouragement to the service men and women fighting
overseas. To her, it was the least she could do to say thank you and
show her support.
“Phyllis has been a steadfast leader in our caucus and has forged a new
path for women legislators in Indiana. Her dedication and service will
continue to be fondly remembered by all. She will undoubtedly be
missed,” said Speaker Bosma.