DEMOCRAT, HOUSE DISTRICT 6
Maureen Bauer was elected to serve as State Representative of Indiana's House District 6 on November 3, 2020, representing areas of South Bend in St. Joseph County. In her first term, she has worked tirelessly to serve the people of her hometown.
On January 6, 2022, she filed to seek re-election.
Learn more about how she is working to be your voice at the Statehouse on issues that are important to you.
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Throughout her life, Maureen has learned by example the importance of public service, helping others and doing what it takes to improve one's community.
Born and raised in the same neighborhood she lives in today, she learned early the importance of a quality education. As the daughter of two former South Bend public school teachers, and a graduate of John Adams High School and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), she has a record of supporting our public school teachers and students, and creating a safe and inspiring learning environment.
Rep. Bauer successfully co-authored 17 bills in her first term as a legislator, including two historic bipartisan bills: SEA 1006 on police reform and SEA 1055 codifying the tribal-state compact between the state of Indiana and the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians.
In her first year, she was able to deliver for St. Joseph County by co-authoring and co-sponsoring bills that provide direct support to residents of House District 6, including expanding Medicaid coverage for pregnant women from 6 weeks to 12 months postpartum, thereby addressing Indiana's dismal maternal mortality rate, which is the 3rd highest in the nation.
Her public service experience provides a realistic knowledge and understanding of how our Indiana legislature works - and the challenges ahead. The professional relationships developed are continued resources for the job of State Representative.
Rep. Bauer Takes Action On Hoosier Women’s Health Care
May 21, 2021
This year in Indiana, legislators proposed several bills to help pregnant women and new mothers. Rep. Maureen Bauer (D-South Bend) sponsored bills to support pregnant and new mothers, and improve maternal and infant health outcomes by providing support before and after pregnancy. Bauer also proposed a bill to avoid shackling incarcerated mothers during delivery.
Our campaign depends on your support. There are many ways to join our campaign and help work to improve the quality of life for residents here at home. Whether you would like to volunteer your time, or make a monetary donation, every little bit that you dedicate helps us reach voters in the district.
Issues & Political Concerns
Rep. Bauer is the Ranking Minority Member of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. She is also a member of the Environmental Affairs Committee and Judiciary Committee. Her work in sustainable agriculture, including working for the only vineyard in South Bend, has allowed her to best advocate on policy to address food insecurity, protect our soil and water, promote workplace safety, and expand economic opportunities in urban agriculture. Her leadership has led to the appointment of the following boards:
Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Indiana General Assembly's Rural Caucus
Advisory Board Member of United Rural Democrats
Indiana Young Democrats Legislative Advisory Council Member
Access to Quality, Affordable Care
Protecting and Preserving our Natural Resources
Access to quality healthcare is a critical component of positive maternal health and birth outcomes. Indiana has the 14th highest infant mortality rate, and the 3rd highest maternal mortality rate in the U.S. We must provide access to prenatal care by working to eliminate "maternity care deserts" that exist across the state, especially in the critical first trimester of pregnancy.
Indiana leads the nation in toxic chemical releases, with more than 80 toxic coal ash pits threatening our state's clean water sources -- more than any other state. We can take the lead at a state level, while also competing in a growing job market, to well position Indiana to invest in new energy resources for future generations. We must create a 21st century workforce by strengthening union jobs which support a family with good wages, benefits, and create opportunity through responsible investment.
Investing in a Better Future in Indiana
To improve outcomes for Hoosier children, we need to make early childhood education available to all families, provide fair and adequate funding for K-12 public education and teacher salaries, and reduce food insecurities through expanded school breakfast and lunch programs.