State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. Davisson, 63, passed after a long battle with cancer.
Davisson represented House District 73, which includes all of Washington County, and portions of Clark, Harrison, Jackson, Lawrence and Orange counties.
Davisson was first elected to serve the constituents of House District 73 in 2010. He served as the vice-chair of the House Committee on Public Health, and as a member of both the House Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development Committee, and the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.
In August, Gov. Eric Holcomb awarded Davisson the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, one of the state’s highest honors, for his outstanding service to the state of Indiana.
Before starting his career as a pharmacist in Salem, Davisson earned two degrees from Purdue University. He held an Indiana Board of Pharmacy license since 1981. Davisson grew up in Scott County and graduated from Scottsburg Senior High School in 1976.
“Steve Davisson lived an extraordinary life of love, courage and service. While short in stature, Steve was a giant of a man in service to his family, community and state. He lived his life full of love and optimism, which made him such a blessing to know,” said House Speaker Todd Huston. “Steve will be greatly missed by me and everyone who had the privilege to know him.”
Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement regarding the death of Rep. Steve Davisson.
“My good friend Steve Davisson was a good friend to anyone that met him, and for that, we’re all fortunate and mourn his loss. As a man of faith, family and community, Rep. Davisson was a model citizen legislator, daily carrying out the duties that made him an obvious Sagamore of the Wabash. His ability to take on tough and complex issues with common sense and that famous smile was a gift from above. Janet and I will keep his wife, children and many grandchildren in our prayers as they find peace for such an unimaginable loss for their family, loved ones and his constituents that were so honored to have him represent them over all these years in our Statehouse.”
Davisson and his wife, Michelle, have resided in Salem since 1983. They have five adult children and several grandchildren.
Davisson was drawn into the same House District as Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).