Republican lawmakers selected their leaders in the Indiana House and Senate a day after winning historic majorities during Tuesday's election.
House Speaker Brian Bosma of Indianapolis and Senate President Pro Tempore David Long of Fort Wayne were re-elected to the top posts.
They'll preside over a General Assembly with the largest GOP majorities in decades: 71 of 100 seats in the House and 40 of 50 seats in the Senate.
The only new member of the leadership team in either chamber will be Rep. Jud McMillin of Brookville, who was selected to be floor leader in the House. He replaces Rep. Bill Friend of Macy, who was promoted to House speaker pro tem.
Those changes came after Bosma stripped Rep. Eric Turner of his leadership role for working behind the scenes against a bill that could have hurt his family's nursing home business.
McMillin, however, has faced ethical questions of his own.
An Indianapolis Star investigation last year found that he and other government officials in southeastern Indiana supported grants for companies to which they had close family or financial ties. The grants were part of an economic development program funded with public riverboat casino money.
In McMillin's case, he advocated for a $600,000 grant for a project involving Destination Brookville, a company he started in August 2010. The grant would have helped restore a local theater and develop a restaurant in a building owned by the company.
McMillin removed himself from the company before pushing for the project in front of a grant committee of which he was a member. While he did not vote on it, some committee members said he failed to disclose the fact that his mother and family friends had control of the company.
In another instance, McMillin voted for a $500,000 grant for a tractor company without disclosing that his law firm was representing the company. Invoices show McMillin's firm received about $3,200 for title work and other legal services related to the project.
McMillin has said he didn't know his father and only law partner handled that work. He resigned from the grant committee following the Star's investigations.
Elected in 2010, McMillin is chairman of the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee, where he played a key role in a multiyear effort to rewrite the state's criminal code. He also authored a bill last year that would have required drug testing for some welfare recipients. That measure died in the Senate on a tie vote.
On Wednesday, McMillin noted that a majority of the Republican caucus is comprised of lawmakers elected since 2010. His selection as floor leader will give that group a stronger voice in leadership, he said.
"I think it's really exciting that we have somebody representing that section of our caucus in the leadership team now," he said.