Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana


March 7, 2014

Moton sharpens his political skills

John Moton's dream job is to become governor of this state.

As an Indiana House of Representatives Republican Caucus legislative assistant for just over a year now, the 27-year-old already is climbing the political ladder. He notes, "With the support of my family (parents Rosemary Moton, Batesville, and Jess Moton, Greensburg, and brother Luke, Batesville), I have the privilege to be involved in the political process. I hope that the skills I have learned and the right timing will allow me to continue to be a part of the process for many years to come. I’m looking forward to all of the challenges ahead."

His work days usually are about eight hours long. "However, I have been at the Statehouse for 18 or more in a day," he reports.

When asked what has surprised Moton about the job, he answers, "How much I have come to love it. It is a great honor and privilege to work in the Statehouse for the people of Indiana. My colleagues mean a lot to me, especially a core group of us known as The Crew. I respect each of them very much. In addition, helping folks help themselves is very rewarding. Seeing individuals achieve their American dream is pretty special."

The Roswell, Ga., native moved in 1989 to Batesville, where he still lives and attends St. Mark Lutheran Church.

Who he answers to: I have a caseload consisting of three members: Reps. Cindy Ziemke, R-Batesville; Dick Hamm, R-Richmond; and Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso. My responsibilities are to serve the needs of my members and of their constituents. Working in the Statehouse requires a great level of diligence and separation when it comes to politics and governmental service. My role is not to be a politico in Indianapolis, but, instead, serve as an aide to help the legislative process work smoothly. It’s the state of Indiana and not the House Republican Campaign Committee that signs my paycheck. I work for you.

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