Niki Kelly and Julie Crothers of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette report that Representative Phyllis Pond has passed away at the age of 82.
Phyllis Pond, a 35-year veteran of the Indiana House of Representatives and the chamber’s longest serving female lawmaker, died Sunday at the age of 82.
Pond, R-New Haven, was the longest serving female state representative in the history of Indiana and was the first female lawmaker to earn a seat in the front row of the Republican side of the House – a row reserved for House leaders or representatives with the most seniority.
Battling health problems, she had submitted a letter of resignation that was to be effective in October. Her seat will be filled by caucus on October 8.