Senator Lonnie M. Randolph was first elected to the Indiana State Senate in 1992. In his first year he was elected by his peers as freshman Legislator of the Year.
In 1998, the Honorable Governor Frank O’Bannon appointed Senator Randolph as judge of the East Chicago City Court.
After being an unsuccessful candidate for mayor in 2003, he was re-elected to the Indiana State Senate in 2008.
Senator Randolph represents Indiana Senate District 2, located entirely in Lake County. The district includes the cities of East Chicago and Whiting, along with portions of Hammond, Merrillville, Griffith, Gary and Hobart.
Senator Randolph is a strong supporter of women’s rights, unions, job creation, small business and veteran’s rights. He has worked on healthcare legislation by examining Health Management Organization mental health policies at the Lilly Symposium as a member of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, in which he is a Regional Representative.
Senator Randolph is the Senate Democrat Minority Caucus Whip and the Ranking Democrat of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Commerce and Technology Committee. His committee memberships include Tax and Fiscal Policy, Public Policy, Utilities, Rules and Legislative Procedure, Civil Law, and Ethics.
Senator Randolph graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science Business Degree, and from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, with a Law degree.
Senator Randolph and his son are both licensed to practice law in the state of Indiana and Illinois under the law office of Randolph and Randolph, P.C., located in East Chicago.
Senator Randolph is a member of the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and the Gary Chamber of Commerce. He is the former president of the NAACP East Chicago Chapter and a lifetime member of the NAACP in seven different chapters throughout the state. He is also a member of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of F & A & M of East Chicago 33° degree Lake Side Grand Lodge #47, A. Phillip Randolph Labor Union Gary Branch, God’s Mighty Men Community Religious Service Group, former chairman of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus (IBLC), former Regional Director of the National Bar Association, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Trustee Board of Directors, board member of the Gary Edgewater Family Health Center, board member of Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehabilitation for Autistic Children, member of the East Chicago Lion’s Club and member of the Indiana and Illinois State Bar Associations.
Senator Randolph lives in East Chicago with his wife, Linda. He has two children, Lakesha and Lonnie II, and two grandchildren, Laeland Asher.