Last updated: Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 - 08:16 am EDT
State Rep. Kathy Heuer, R-Columbia City, has resigned her District 83 post to become the executive director of the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturing Council.
Heuer announced her resignation Friday.
The council lobbies for its member medical device companies before state and federal lawmakers and regulatory agencies.
State law requires former legislators to refrain from any lobbying for 365 days.
“It’s the right thing to do, and IMDMC and I will abide by the state codes,” Heuer said.
Heuer believes her background in business, education, sales and government policy gave her an edge in being selected for the new position.
Education and business often work together to prepare the workforce necessary to grow and sustain high-paying manufacturing jobs, she said.
“We are looking forward to having Kathy join us,” said Denis Johnson, IMDMC board president and vice president of operations at Boston Scientific.
“As a state legislator, she worked tirelessly for policies that would benefit our state, and we believe that as executive director of our organization, she will be able to transfer those skills to our specific industry at both the state and federal level.”
Heuer has served as a state representative since 2010, representing parts of Allen and Whitley counties.
In the House of Representatives, she was vice chair of the Local Government Committee, served on the Small Business, Commerce and Economic Development Committee and was a member of the Government Reform Committee.
Heuer lost her re-election bid in the Republican primary in May to Christopher Judy, who will appear on the November ballot.
Saying she is not one to play the what-if game, Heuer said the loss gave her the opportunity to actively seek a new position.
“I’ve met some wonderful people and had some wonderful learning opportunities,” Heuer said of her experience as state representative.
“But I am looking forward to this new venture, especially in northeast Indiana, which makes up one of the largest medical device clusters in the state,” she said.
Indiana’s medical device industry is the seventh largest such employer in the nation.
IMDMC members include Zimmer, Cook Medical, Medtronic, Roche Diagnostic, Hill-Rom, Boston Scientific, Biomet, Depuy, Paragon and Fort Wayne Metals.