Tom Dermody announced that he plans to retire from office in the 20th House District at the end of Election Day in 2016. His district includes portions of Starke and LaPorte counties.
The LaPorte Republican says serving in the statehouse has never been about a career in Indianapolis, saying it’s been an honor to represent the district.
Representative Dermody has served in the Indiana House of Representatives for nearly 10 years. He was elected in 2006 and served on the House Public Policy Committee. That committee oversaw several controversial issues, including the Sunday Sale of Alcohol for carry-out. The measure was later withdrawn due to a lack of support.
Dermody was also named Assistant Majority Whip.
Prior to his time in the Indiana General Assembly, Dermody served with the LaPorte Community School Board as both its President and Vice President.
He plans to spend more time with his family with his one of his two children about to experience their Senior year of high school. Growing his business will also be a focus.
Dermody did not exactly close the book on his political career. According to a press release announcing his retirement, Dermody says he is not ruling out a run for higher office at some point in the future.