DEMOCRAT, HOUSE DISTRICT 6
This is the campaign website for Maureen Bauer for State Representative. If you would like to visit her official Statehouse website, click here.
Maureen Bauer was first elected to serve as State Representative of Indiana's House District 6 on November 3, 2020, representing areas of South Bend and Mishawaka in St. Joseph County. She has worked tirelessly to serve the people of her hometown.
She is currently serving her second term.
Learn more about how she is working to be your voice at the Statehouse on issues that are important to you.
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, Rep. Bauer 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 fostering a safe and inspiring learning environment.
In her second term in office, Rep. Bauer successfully authored three pieces of bipartisan legislation that were signed into law:
House Enrolled Act 1219 creates a pilot program under the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to monitor levels of toxic, man-made polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) in the blood of a thousand former and current firefighters.
House Enrolled Act 1228 adds acts of child seduction committed by youth sports organization coaches, such as athletic clubs and travel leagues, into the current child seduction criminal statute to better ensure acts of child seduction committed by youth sports coaches are adequately prosecuted.
House Enrolled Act 1627 expands a Marion Co. pilot program statewide, and will help address the number of delinquent vacant and abandoned homes while also increasing the inventory of low- to moderate-housing for first-time homeowners.
In her first year as State Representative, 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 remains 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. She continues to foster professional relationships across the aisle to deliver results for the district she serves as our State Representative. You can read more about her legislative work on her official page here
Bauer's Bill Would Close Loophole in Indiana’s Child Seduction Law
March 14, 2023
A bipartisan bill at the Statehouse would close a loophole in Indiana’s child seduction law. Child seduction is a charge often applied in crimes when an adult in a position of trust or authority engages in sexual contact with a child under age 18. Right now, the law includes youth sports coaches employed by a school but does not say anything about coaches in leagues not connected to a school district.
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 advisory councils and boards:
Co-Chair of the Indiana General Assembly's Rural Caucus
Co-Chair of the Indiana General Assembly's Future 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.