Fishers residents serve as statehouse interns


Two Fishers residents, Jeremy Hoffman and Chelsea Shelburne, are serving as interns for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus during the 2014 legislative session.

Hoffman is the son of Gleda Hoffman. He is a graduate of Noblesville High School and is currently in his second year at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

As a legal intern, Hoffman conducts legal research for constituents and senators, and reviews and summarizes committee reports and amendments for the Majority caucus.

Shelburne is the daughter of April and Brent Shelburne. She is a graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School and is also a second-year law student at IU’s McKinney School of Law. Shelburne is interning for State Sen. Luke Kenley, a Republican from Noblesville.

As a legislative intern, Shelburne assists with constituent correspondence through phone calls, letters and emails and helps staff Senate committees and floor proceedings.

Senate Majority interns work through the duration of the legislative session, which is scheduled to end by March 14.

Senator Jim Merritt, a Republican from Indianapolis, said that the internship program, which has been ongoing since the ‘60s and ‘70s, has produced successful political figures, including Indiana Republican Senator David Ford, who passed away in 2008.

“We compete for the very best students,” Merritt said.

Merritt said those with degrees in political science, history and law fit easily into these internship programs, although, “we had a variety of different individuals with different backgrounds (during this sessions),” he said.

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