Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

March 7, 2014

Moton sharpens his political skills

Debbie Blank The Herald-Tribune
The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — 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.

Unexpected duties: Once I selected paintings for the House Ways and Means Committee room. Governor Pence had chosen new portraits for his office, which meant new ones had to be selected for this room as well. I certainly didn’t think I would ever be choosing portraits when I became a legislative assistant.

Active on the local political scene: I was elected Ripley County Republican vice chair about a year ago. I had previously served as county party treasurer and still work as a Laughery 3-1 precinct committeeman.

Why county elections are exciting: This election cycle is a great opportunity for our party to articulate a strong message of personal responsibility, government restraint, low taxation and pro-growth policies. I believe that our party is the best vehicle to help individuals achieve their American dreams. We look forward to bringing that message to our community this fall.

Education: 2005 Batesville High School graduate, 2009 Wabash College political science graduate

Memberships: Ripley County Republican Party Central Committee; 6th Congressional District Republican Caucus; Wabash College Scarlet Flag Club, Sons of Wabash and Edmond O. Hovey Society

Favorite pastimes: Old cars, golf, auto racing, piano

Proudest achievement: I’m very proud to have earned the respect and trust of the people of our community and my colleagues in Indianapolis. Serving as vice chairman of the county Republican party, as well as being involved in the governing process is a great challenge, but an important responsibility. As a young man, I do not take lightly the support and trust our community has instilled in me. I am so blessed to be a guardian of the Republic.