Incumbent In District 5
State Sen. Ed Charbonneau represents Senate District 5, which is composed of all of Pulaski County and portions of Jasper, LaPorte, Porter and Starke Counties. First elected to the Senate in 2007, Charbonneau serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health & Provider Services. He also serves on several other Senate Committees including Appropriations, Tax & Fiscal Policy, and Rules & Legislative Procedure.
Prior to his election to the Senate, He served as Vice Chairman of the Board of The Methodist Hospitals, Inc., President and CEO of the Northwest Indiana Forum and Head of Government and Community Affairs for U.S. Steel. He has been involved in a variety of civic activities including the Porter County and Lake County chapters of United Way, the Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Council and the Board of Trustees of the Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center.
He is a graduate of Wabash College, Loyola University (MBA) and South Texas College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Indiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, Federal District Court and before the Supreme Court of the United States. A former member of the U.S. Army Reserves (1966-1972) Charbonneau resides in Valparaiso with his wife Sharon. They have two children and five grandchildren.