FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv)m -- He's 25, he lives at home, and he will be the youngest member of the Indiana House of Representatives come January.
"I know I'm 25 but I don't look 25, I look much younger. So I think a lot of folks thought I might have been a volunteer for a bigger campaign," says Republican State Rep.-Elect David Ober of the 82nd District.
But David Ober convinced Noble and Allen County residents he was the man for the job, and won the newly-drawn 82nd District with 68% of the vote.
Ober was student body president of Prdue - Calumet before graduating in 2009.
He graduated from Central Noble High School in 2005.
Now a website developer, the Albion native and resident has been active in the young republicans and has done his homework on the issues and his district.
On the state school superintendent race, for instance.
"I think that what the voters communicated on Election Day was that we really need to watch our tone and our language in how we communicate things, and how quickly the legislature acts on issues," Ober says.
Ober is passionate about returning control to local governments, which is why he's hoping to be assigned to the House roads and transportation committee, to make sure rural districts get their fair share of funding.
And perhaps an education committee, since he'll be the legislator who's been in school most recently.
"It's so surreal, because you walk into the Statehouse and all of the staff starts calling you Representative Ober. (So, surreal, at all intimidating?) It's a little intimidating, being the youngest person in the room that has big ideas and wants to make an impact. You've got legislators and statesmen who've been in the legislature longer than I've been alive," Ober says.
But he stresses this is not some fluke.
"I take it very seriously, because the legislature makes decisions that impacts people's day to day lives, and I'd like to be part of that process. It's not a joke. We'll have some fun along the way, but it's very serious business," he says.
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