IN Focus: Former State Senator Candidate for Congress

INDIANAPOLIS — A former state senator from southern Indiana is campaigning for Rep. Trey Hollingsworth’s House seat in the 9th congressional district.

Republican candidate Erin Houchin recently met On point to share his thoughts on the campaign and the issues shaping Washington.

Houchin says she resigned from her position in the state Senate to focus entirely on the campaign.

Rep. Hollingsworth has decided not to seek re-election in Washington because he is considering a potential run for governor. Houchin had previously been defeated by Rep. Hollingswoth in the 2016 Republican primary.

This time around, she is again joined by a crowded group of Republicans vying for the seat.

“I think I went through [2016], it made me a better legislator,” Houchin said. “I think that will make me a better congressman.”

Houchin believes she can be a productive voice for 9th Arrondissement voters. She has vowed to push back against what she sees as radical ideas from congressional Democrats.

I think now more than ever we need a conservative fighter who pushes back against the far left administration and policies,” Houchin said. “That’s what I hear when I travel around the district. People care about border security, they care about inflation, they care about supporting our police.

Speaking about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Houchin said the United States could have done more to plan for the situation. She also criticized US policies that increase dependence on foreign oil. Citing the closure of the Keystone XL pipeline, Houchin thinks it’s time for the United States to become more energy independent.

“I think there were a few missteps along the way,” Houchin said. “We have long known that Putin is a tyrannical thug bent on restoring the bankrupt former Soviet Union.”

Houchin also criticized the Biden administration for cutting off new oil and gas leases in the United States. She says the move emboldens Putin’s regime to take aggressive action against Ukraine and the free world.

“I think we have to stand strong with Ukrainians and the rest of the international community,” Houchin said. “It’s comforting to see that, it’s bipartisan. I just think we could have done more, and should have, to prevent this from happening.

Watch more of our one-on-one interview with Congressional candidate Erin Houchin in the video above.

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