In 2000, Representative Terry Goodin was first elected to the Indiana House of Representatives, serving the state’s 66th District. In 2015, Representative Goodin joined the Indiana Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus as a way of expressing his commitment to the sportsmen and women living in the Hoosier State.
Representative Goodin was born and raised in Southern Indiana, where he still lives today with his wife and two children. While away from the State Capitol in Indianapolis, he serves as the Superintendent of the Corthersville Community School District and owns and operates a cattle ranch, raising livestock. As a rancher, Representative Goodin understands the important role that stewardship plays in maintaining a healthy ecosystem.
During his tenure, Representative Goodin has been an advocate for the state’s sportsmen and women in the legislature, where he has several times championed or supported legislation that works to advance the rights of Indiana’s hunters and anglers. In the 2014 legislative session, he co-sponsored SJR 9 – a proposed amended to the Indiana State Constitution that ensures residents the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife using traditional methods. Resolutions such as SJR 9 are critically important, as hunting, fishing and trapping has long been a part of America’s heritage, but the “right” to hunt, fish, and trap has recently come into question through the efforts of anti-hunting organizations. In order to establish what has been inherent for centuries, states like Indiana have sought amendments to their state constitutions that give citizens the right to hunt, fish, and trap in a responsible manner.
As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Representative Goodin understands the important role that the state’s sportsmen and women play in Indiana’s economy. Annually, the state’s 867,000 hunters and anglers spend upwards of $924 million and support over 14,000 jobs statewide.
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- Lack of access to hunting areas (26.03%)
- Lack of a mentor or instructor to take them (24.66%)
- Age limit restrictions on when they can purchase a license (1.37%)
- Lack of time or competing interests (19.18%)
- Technology (social media, phones, computers) (10.96%)
- Perceived negative public or peer-group opinions (17.81%)