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Schneider opts out of re-election

RFRA author decides not to run again in 2016

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Sen. Scott Schneider
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The man who authored Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has decided to step away from the political arena.

Sen. Scott Schneider announced Saturday that he will not seek re-election in 2016.

“It has been my honor and privilege to represent the people of Senate District 30 in the Indiana State Senate the past seven years,” said Schneider in a released statement. ”However, our family business is growing and expanding. I will need to focus all of my time and energy on the business my father started 50 years ago.”

Schneider is the vice-president of sales and marketing for Mister Ice of Indianapolis.

Schneider announced in the winter of 2014 that he would seek to pass RFRA in Indiana in the 2015 legislative session. He and fellow senators Dennis Kruse and Brent Steele authored the bill that eventually passed amid a national outcry of discrimination against the LGBTQ community .

Schneider also led the effort against Indiana’s participation in Common Core education standards, co-sponsored the Right-to-Work law, and co-authored school choice legislation. 

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