Howey Politics Indiana

NOBLESVILLE - State Sen. Scott Baldwin has been identified in a ProPublica article as a member of the Oath Keepers. Dozens of Oath Keepers have been arrested in connection to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, some of them looking like a paramilitary group, wearing camo helmets and flak vests.

But a list of more than 35,000 members of the Oath Keepers — obtained by an anonymous hacker and shared with ProPublica by the whistleblower group Distributed Denial of Secrets — underscores how the organization is evolving into a force within the Republican Party. ProPublica identified 48 state and local government officials on the list, all Republicans: 10 sitting state lawmakers; two former state representatives; one current state assembly candidate; a state legislative aide; a city council assistant; county commissioners in Indiana, Arizona and North Carolina; two town aldermen; sheriffs or constables in Montana, Texas and Kentucky; state investigators in Texas and Louisiana; and a New Jersey town’s public works director.

The membership list also names Alaska State Rep. David Eastman as a life member and Indiana State Sen. Scott Baldwin and Georgia state Rep. Steve Tarvin as annual members. Baldwin’s spokesperson said he was unavailable to comment.