Greg Porter

Title: 
State Representative
Office Held: 
Indiana State House of Representatives - District 96

State Representative Gregory W. Porter, an Indianapolis native, is a member of the Indiana General Assembly and is past chairman and current ranking minority member of the Indiana House Education Committee. He has served as state representative for the citizens of Indiana House District 96 since 1992.

A strong advocate for P–20 education, he is also the education chair for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. He has authored legislation establishing accountability and standards for all K–12 school districts in the state, instituting cultural competency and addressing educational disparities.

Representative Porter is past chair of the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus. He has authored significant legislation for small business, economic development and health. Porter additionally serves on the Indiana House Courts & Criminal Code Committee as well as the Indiana House Insurance Committee.

As Vice President of External Affairs for the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Porter advises the President and CEO on communication strategies and serves as liaison for community involvement. Porter is dedicated to the cause of eliminating health disparities within the state of Indiana.

Porter currently holds a number of leadership positions. Locally, he assists with a number of community and neighborhood organizations including Mapleton Fall Creek Community Development Corporation, Indianapolis Urban League, Martin Center, Indiana School for the Deaf, Indiana Minority Health Coalition, St. Vincent New Hope, Fay Biccard Click Neighborhood Center at Crooked Creek and co-chairs the United Negro College Fund “Evening of Stars” Gala.

His statewide community service includes acting on the Governor’s Education Roundtable, as a board member of Independent Colleges of Indiana, as well as giving input to the Earlham College African American Advisory Board.

Nationally, Porter is affiliated with the NAACP, National Conference of State Legislatures, Council of State Governments, National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future and the National Caucus of State Legislatures Task Force on Federal Education Policy. Furthermore, Porter co-chairs the State Legislatures School Drop Out Prevention Task Force and is a former member of the National Task Force on No Child Left Behind.

He is a recipient of numerous awards and honors not limited to: Eli Lilly Legislator of the Year Award, Black Nurses Association Award, Indiana Early Care and Education Legislative Award, Mozel Sanders Drum Major for Justice Award, the Indianapolis Educational Association Human Rights Legislative and Political Education Award and Indiana Association of Private Career Schools.

Representative Porter is a graduate of Shortridge High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College, where he received the Outstanding Alumni Award. He graduated from the Harvard University Kennedy School Executive Education Program in 2001 and participated on Harvard’s Working Group on Early Childhood Science and Policy.

He is a faithful member of Phillips Temple C.M.E. Church, where he serves as trustee and is on the usher board. Greg and his wife Yvette, have three children: Dewayne, Amann and Carmen Elizabeth.