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News release from the Gregg for Governor 2016 campaign:
Gregg names Hale as running mate
Indianapolis State Representative, executive known for bipartisanship
INDIANAPOLIS (May 25, 2016) – Citing her record of bipartisan accomplishment, today John Gregg, Democratic candidate for governor, named State Representative Christina Hale as his running mate.
A former chief communications officer with Kiwanis International, Hale is completing her second term representing the Northside of Indianapolis in the Indiana House of Representatives.
“In Christina Hale, I’ve found a partner who shares my commitment to working across the aisle to get things done,” said Gregg, a former university president and Indiana House Speaker. “Throughout her career, Christina has demonstrated that she is a consensus builder, a problem solver and someone who isn’t afraid to take on the tough issues. That’s exactly the type of leadership Indiana needs.”
In the Indiana House, Hale has worked with Republican majorities on legislation to support small business, fight crime, combat sexual assault, lower utility rates and bring attention to the state’s water and sewer infrastructure needs. She currently serves on the Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development; Insurance; and Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications committees.
“I know John Gregg to be a good man and a great leader. He is committed to finding solutions and getting the work of the people done and so am I,” said Hale. “We share an ambitious vision for all Hoosiers to create solid economic opportunities and strong schools, while responsibly addressing the ever-pressing needs of our failing infrastructure and our state’s drug and crime problems.”
Prior to serving in the state legislature, Hale worked at Kiwanis International, a global service organization, in various roles within state government and as a newspaper reporter.
A graduate of Purdue University, Hale was born and raised in Michigan City. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Chris, and has an adult son, Owen.
About Christina Hale:
Meet Christina Hale
Meet Christina HaleWith a wide array of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, Christina Hale has earned a reputation as a hard worker who can get things done.
Born and raised in Michigan City, Christina was a single mom who earned her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University while working full-time and raising her son.
Christina worked as a reporter for the LaPorte Herald Argus before being selected for a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and studying abroad for a year. She returned home and moved to Indianapolis to serve in state government. Christina worked in various roles at the Indiana Department of Commerce and the Indiana Professional Standards Board before being named a special assistant to Governor Frank O’Bannon overseeing the state’s boards and commissions.
Christina chose to take her interest in public service onto a larger stage by joining Kiwanis International in 2004. A global service organization, Kiwanis provides leadership opportunities for youth and serves the needs of children worldwide. As chief communications officer, she spearheaded communications worldwide, developed partnerships with U.S. corporations to increase programing, oversaw offices and staff across the United States, Europe and Asia and managed budgets in multiple currencies.
In 2012, Christina was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives representing the Northside of Indianapolis in House District 87. As a state lawmaker, she has worked with Republican majorities to improve the lives of Hoosiers by focusing on job creation, leading the fight to reduce sexual violence against girls and women and cracking down on crime. Christina has also pushed legislation to address Indiana’s skyrocketing utility costs and bring attention to the state’s water and sewer infrastructure needs. She currently serves on the Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development committee and is the ranking Democrat on both the Insurance and Utilities, Energy, and Telecommunications committees.
Deeply involved in her state and community, Christina is a member of the Indiana Commission on Latino Affairs, the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, the Heartland Film Festival, Indiana Humanities, the Domestic Violence Network, the Film Indy Advisory Board and has served on the Indiana Career Council and the Indiana INTERNnet board. She has been named a â€˜Small Business Champion’ by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, a â€˜Distinguished Public Servant’ by the American Legion of Indiana, a Woman of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal and â€˜Legislator of the Year’ by Indiana School Counselors Association.
Christina lives in Indianapolis with her husband and son.