State Senator Marvin Riegsecker passed away today after a long battle with cancer at the age of 71. An Indiana Senator since 1988, Riegsecker represented District 12, covering a large portion of Elkhart County.
He will be missed greatly by his friends and colleagues. His leadership on business issues and government reform will also be missed by the Indiana Chamber. His friend and Chamber VP of environmental and energy affairs, Vince Griffin, remembers:
A few years ago, on his 65th birthday, Senator Riegsecker came to me and shared that it had been a lifelong dream of his to bicycle from his Goshen home to the State House in Indianapolis. He asked me to lay out a route and ride with him. We rode the 160-some miles over two days. Neither he nor his bike were well-prepared for the ride, but he did it and that is a testimony to Marv’s dogged determination. He exhibited that strong-willed nature in his 20 years in the Senate as he tackled issues related to the environment and health — and he was one of the champions of Daylight Savings Time. Marv was a good friend to many and will be missed by all.