Karen Tallian was elected by caucus to the Senate District 4 seat in 2005.

While in the State Senate, Tallian has taken a leading role in protecting working families on issues involving labor concerns, health care, criminal justice and environmental protection. She has authored legislation to protect Lake Michigan, and to provide automatic monthly deductions to pay property tax bills. She was instrumental in securing improved benefits for the Indiana Worker’s Compensation statute, and in rewriting Indiana’s mortgage foreclosure statute to provide more safeguards. 

Tallian has had a long standing law practice in Portage, and has served her community in a variety of capacities, including previous counsel to the Porter County Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Portage Township Trustee. She is currently attorney for both the Portage Fire Department Merit Board and the Portage Police Merit Board. 

She has previously worked as an adjunct professor at Valparaiso University Law School where she taught insurance law, president of the Porter County League of Women Voters and the Director on the State Board of the League of Women Voters. She currently is on the Board of the Portage Park Foundation.

A 1972 graduate of the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology, Tallian’s post graduate work includes an associate’s degree from Chicago’s Harrington Institute of Design. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Valparaiso University School of Law in 1990.

Senator Tallian resides in Portage where she raised her three adult children.