Campaign

  • November 12, 2018

    Visclosky poised to oversee U.S. defense appropriations in Democratic-controlled House

    INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, will be in a position to exercise significant influence over a wide variety of federal spending and policy measures when the new Democratic-controlled U.S. House convenes Jan. 3. The 18-term congressman is expected to become chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, pending approval by the full House Democratic Caucus.

  • November 11, 2018

    The City of Crown Point and American Legion Post 20 Become Veterans and Community to the 2018 Veterans Day Ceremony

    On Sunday, the Crown Point community gathered to honor one of our country’s most important and solemn holidays, Veteran’s Day. American Legion Post 20 partnered with the City of Crown Point to host a ceremony within the iconic Old Courthouse to recognize the service and sacrifice of veterans across the country.

  • November 7, 2018

    Visclosky coasts to record-setting 18th term

    During his campaign, U.S. Rep. Peter J. Visclosky repeated a maxim he held close. “To govern, you need to win elections.” He should know. As it is for most Visclosky elections, the suspense was over early Tuesday night. Visclosky, a Gary Democrat, trounced GOP challenger Mark Leyva, of Highland, marking the seventh time Leyva has lost to Visclosky.

  • November 4, 2018

    Porter County Izaak Walton League celebrates 60th anniversary

    PORTAGE — The Porter County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League turned 60 this year and celebrated its birthday with a gathering of friends and members at the Portage Lakefront Park and Riverfront. Founding members Herb and Charlotte Read, of Chesterton, were recognized and shared their history and memories at the event. The chapter was founded in 1958.

  • October 18, 2018

    Visclosky Announces OSHA Grant for the Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana

    Wednesday, Congressman Pete Visclosky announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a grant to the Construction Advancement Foundation of Northwest Indiana (CAF) under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. The $133,510 grant award will assist the CAF with the creation and implementation of a Crystalline Silica Training Program for construction workers and employers in Northwest Indiana, with a focus on small business employers.

  • October 12, 2018

    EDITORIAL: Visclosky is the only serious choice for Region's U.S. House seat

    There's only one serious candidate for Indiana's First Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Incumbent Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, secures our endorsement in a virtual no-contest against Republican challenger Mark Leyva.

  • October 12, 2018

    Joe Biden says 'American values are under assault' at rally for Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly in Hammond

    Former Vice President Joe Biden said it’s time Americans stand up, remember who they are, and stop walking with their heads down. “This election is bigger than politics. This is the most important election you’ve voted in,” Biden said. “Our basic American values are under assault.”

  • October 11, 2018

    'Your service makes us a better country'

    SCHERERVILLE — Patriotic spirit and gratitude filled the Halls of St. George Wednesday as the 5th Annual Veterans Honor Luncheon saluted the men and women who served in the U.S. military during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and Middle East wars.

  • September 17, 2018

    Grant to Support Opioid Fight in Northwest Indiana

    VALPARAISO - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a nearly $450,000 grant to Porter-Starke Services Inc. to help address the opioid epidemic. The funding will be used to increase access to medication-assisted treatment plans, improve services to people in the criminal justice system and increase the use of telepsychiatry services.

  • September 11, 2018

    NorthShore Health Centers Breaks Ground on New Facility in Portage

    On a brisk September afternoon, NorthShore Health Centers broke ground on their new flagship medical facility in Portage. The large health center will include a wide variety of services under one roof, as well as their administration. Excitement stirred from the attendees, which included NorthShore staff, politicians, and members of the community.

  • September 7, 2018

    Young, Donnelly, Visclosky support for South Shore West Lake project

    U.S. Sens. Todd Young, R-Ind., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., joined by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, announced their support on Thursday of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District’s South Shore West Lake expansion project.

  • August 23, 2018

    Tourism backs Indiana Dunes National Park

    The Porter County Convention, Recreation, and Visitor Commission (PCCRVC) has taken a formal position in support of House Bill 1488 and its companion bill, Senate Bill 599, which would re-designate Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore a “National Park.”

  • August 17, 2018

    EDITORIAL: Congress must keep pushing for Dunes national park designation

    Don't give up. It's the edict all Region leaders and residents, who value the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, should shout to Congress regarding the quest to obtain full national park status for one of our Region's most treasured assets.

  • August 5, 2018

    Michigan City airport receives grant to update airport layout plan

    MICHIGAN CITY — Michigan City Municipal-Phillips Field Airport has received a $339,722 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration. The grant was announced by U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville.

  • July 16, 2018

    Grant sought to finish Marquette Greenway, a proposed bike trail linking Chicago and Michigan

    A decade-long effort to create a bike and pedestrian path from Chicago to Michigan could soon move closer to completion. The Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission is seeking a federal grant to finish the remaining 30 miles of trail for the Marquette Greenway, according to the grant application. The Marquette Greenway project started in 2005 and 28 miles have been completed or have guaranteed funding.

  • June 28, 2018

    Visclosky testifies that Congress lacks discipline in spending and deficit reduction

    “As the Ranking Member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and a long-time member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Water, my colleagues have heard me go on for some length describing my concerns that Congress has become unable to enact appropriations bills anywhere close to the start of the fiscal year. However, I do not believe this means our budget and appropriations process is broken. Instead, it shows what happens when we avoid making decisions in a disciplined fashion as allowed under current House rules. We continue to defer action because some of my colleagues don’t want to make tough choices and others simply scorn those in the public service."

  • June 27, 2018

    Visclosky speaks on House floor on defense bill

    For the Department of Defense, and for any agency, the lack of predictable appropriations is a major obstacle to the planning and execution of programs. I am cautiously optimistic that the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, which provided relief from the Budget Control Act (BCA), will provide a pathway for completing the FY 2019 bills in a somewhat timely manner. The members of the Committee, particularly the Chair and Ranking Member, are doing their best to get our work done.

  • June 16, 2018

    'You get the Democrats back in office, we're bringing some checks.' Ohio congressman tours Gary, says it's much like Youngstown.

    GARY — U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, felt right at home during his visit Saturday afternoon. Gary is much like Youngstown, he said. "I'm just struck by how much it looks like where I came from," Ryan said.

  • June 11, 2018

    Join Pete on the Fourth of July parade route!

    Join Pete and Team Visclosky in honoring our nation’s 242nd birthday by participating in one or more of our region’s 4th of July parades!

  • June 7, 2018

    Visclosky gets Buy American Amendment passed

    U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Gary, helped persuade the House Appropriations Committee to approve a Buy American Amendment on Wednesday that would benefit Northwest Indiana's steel mills. The amendment to the 2019 Interior Appropriations Act removed provisions that would have allowed federal government agencies to buy imported slab and finished iron and steel products instead of those made in America. Half of the blast furnace capacity in the United States is located along the shores of Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana.