David Long is a partner in Ice Miller’s Public Affairs Group. David draws upon his unique background with 30 years in public service, including 12 years as the leader of the Indiana Senate, to provide clients with insight and guidance on public policy issues as well as traditional legal matters. Through his work in both the public and private sectors, he has gained a keen understanding of the strength that comes from collaborations that lead to better communities and sustainable economic power.

As Indiana Senate president, David led the effort to eliminate or lower a number of taxes, resulting in a tax climate that is attractive to businesses and families. His accomplishments include keeping Indiana’s budgets balanced throughout his entire tenure as Senate President while also enacting a transportation bill that provides funding for 20 years, without a penny of debt, to significantly strengthen the state’s infrastructure. His focus on infrastructure started years earlier when he was instrumental in supporting one of the state’s boldest projects – Major Moves, a $3.8 billion initiative that greatly improved state and local highways, roads and bridges throughout Indiana. David also shepherded legislation that created the Healthy Indiana Plan, a health care plan for the underprivileged, which has become so successful it is now a model for other states. Indiana’s right-to-work law was passed with David’s key leadership efforts and adds to the state’s national reputation as a business-friendly environment. For his work on this legislation, David was recognized by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce as Government Leader of the Year..

As an attorney, David counsels businesses in areas such as franchise law, contracts and succession planning. He also has significant experience in real estate law, including construction, leasing, zoning and land use.

During this time, Clay worked extensively with the bicameral Senate and House leadership teams, as well as with the Office of Management and Budget. He also helped oversee the successful passage of four emergency supplemental Appropriations bills during the 109th Congress. These bills provided funding for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and needed resources to address the aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami that occurred in Southeast Asia in 2004.

In addition to his committee work, Clay served as legislative director for Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) for several years where he oversaw all legislative activities in the office. Among his responsibilities was working with the state Department of Transportation, cities and counties and contractors on numerous road, intermodal and infrastructure projects. This work included obtaining funding through the annual Appropriations process, as well as working with the U.S. Department of Transportation and other federal agencies to ensure that all permitting and environmental issues were satisfied in a timely manner.

Clay received his juris doctorate from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.