VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - When Indiana lawmakers meet for the next session of the Indiana General Assembly Republicans will be holding all of power.
Not only will Republican Mike Pence be sitting in the governor's office, but the party will hold super-majorities in both the House of Representatives and the State Senate.
For one southern Indiana democrat that will mean a long session of dissent.
Just one week ago Democrats in Vincennes were celebrating the narrow victory of Kreg Battles in the race for a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives, but by the time all of the votes around Indiana were counted Battles found himself as one of only 31 Democrats elected to the house..compared to 69 Republicans.
"I don't think there's any question there are some limits," said Battles, "but I don't think that necessarily means you have to sit on the back bench and be ignored either."
Democrats say they know any agenda they bring to Indianapolis won't go far without support from the other side of the aisle.
That's one reason members voted out long time leader Pat Bauer and replaced him with Scott Pelath.
"I have a lot of confidence in Scott and I think he'll be a great leader," said Battles.
During the last session of the General Assembly, House Democrats, in an act of desperation, walked out and wound up in Illinois.
The move did not turn out to be a good one politically because now Republicans hold such a majority they can conduct their business without the Democrats even showing up.
"If the majority over reaches then it over reaches, and all we can do at the end of the day is vote no," said Battles.
In the meantime Democrats will try and advocate for the wishes of people who now sit in the minority districts and hope for changes the next time an election comes around.
The Legislature will re-organize on November 20th with Representative Brian Bosma of Indianapolis expected to once again be elected as Speaker of the House.
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