Wendy M. McNamara
State Representative Wendy McNamara is currently serving her first term in the Indiana General Assembly and represents Indiana House District 76, which includes Posey County and portions of Vanderburgh and Gibson counties. She was born and raised in Indiana and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Indianapolis, teacher certification from Valparaiso University and Masters in Education and Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Indiana. Rep. McNamara brings many years of experience, knowledge and leadership to the Indiana House of Representatives with her educational career spanning over 16 years with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. She served as a Teacher and Department Chair at Benjamin Bosse High School and at Harrison High School, as the Supervisor of Social Studies and as the Assistant Principal at North High School. Currently, she serves as the Director of Early College High School. This is a position she has truly been innovative in by developing a model for high school students who simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree or two years of college credit toward a Bachelor’s degree. She has served as an adjunct professor for World History at the University of Southern Indiana and has taught Political Science and Social Studies Methods at the University of Evansville. Rep. McNamara served as Constitution Coordinator for the Indiana Congressional District 8 ‘We the People’ and as an Executive Board Member for the Indiana Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (IASCD). Through her dedication and passion for education, she has earned many prestigious awards. In 2009, Rep. McNamara received the Lawrence Senesh Award for School Administrators from the Indiana Council for Economic Education. She has been the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for years, 2004, 2005 and 2006. She was the nominee for the Evansville Courier and University Evansville High School Teacher of the Year for the 2004-2005 school year and as a finalist for the 2002-2003 school year. Rep. McNamara was the Bosse Teacher of the Year for the 2001-2002 school year and received the Indiana National Guard Nighthawk Educator Award in 2000 and in 2006. In her first year in the Indiana General Assembly, Rep. McNamara was not a shy freshman legislator. She authored, co-authored and sponsored important legislation needed for the people of Indiana. She authored House Enrolled Act 1416, which requires inmates to have correspondence courses approved in advance by the Department of Correction. Rep. McNamara felt this bill was needed to confirm the validity of correspondent courses inmates were using to obtain their high school diplomas and to ensure inmates gain a valuable education through this program. Rep. McNamara sponsored Senate Enrolled Act 465, which was needed to streamline the Department of Child Services (DCS) and to bring clarity to DCS programs. She has always been an advocate for children and this bill helps children in the most sensitive of situation be better served and represented. She co-authored House Enrolled Act 1324, which urged the Legislative Council to assign the topics of child molesting and child solicitation to a study committee to see whether the sentences for these offenses under certain circumstances needed to be elevated. Rep. McNamara felt further debate on what proper sentencing standards for these offenses should be needed to occur. Rep. McNamara also co-authored House Enrolled Act 1004, which was a key bill passed during the 2011 legislative session. This bill not only increases government transparency, but spurs economic growth. House Enrolled Act 1004 lowers the corporate tax rate from 8.5 percent to 6.5 percent, which will be a huge selling point when vying for companies to relocate in Indiana. The bill also encourages investment in new companies by increasing access to start-up capital. Rep. McNamara understands the importance of passing legislation that strengthens Indiana’s economy. Outside of her legislative role, she is very involved in the community. Rep. McNamara is involved with Local and National Close Up and is a North Side Optimist Club member. She also is a member of the Network of Evansville Women (ANEW), Posey County Republican Women's Club and the Vanderburgh County Federated Republican Women. Throughout her tenure as a representative, Rep. McNamara will continue to advocate for pro-business polices, education reform and the creation a better Hoosier state. She lives in Mount Vernon with her husband Marc, the Ink Division Manager at Image Inks in Evansville, and their puppy Mercury.