Lawrence M. Borst, Jr.


IUPUI Chancellor's Medallion (2009)
IUPUI Chancellor's Medallion
Location: Indianapolis
IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2003)


Lawrence Borst, graduated from the Ohio State University with a D.V.M. in 1950. Borst began his political career in 1961 in precinct and ward politics. In 1965, he co-founded the Republican Action Committee. Borst was first elected to the state Senate in 1968, after serving two years in the Indiana House of Representatives. His political career was one of the longest in Indiana history.

The senator is best known throughout Indiana for his leadership as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, a position he held under five different governors. He's also the past chairman and a past member of the Indiana State Budget Committee.

During his tenure in the legislature, Borst has been recognized for his role in several major tax-restructuring plans, the dedication of money from the tobacco settlement for public health programs and securing a balanced budget requirement for the state. He also played a key role in bringing pari-mutuel horse racing to Indiana, creating the Hoosier Lottery and developing Unigov, the 1969 legislation that combined much of Marion County and the City of Indianapolis governments. In political service to Indianapolis, Borst was a member of the Mayor's Progress Committee in 1971 and the executive council in 1973.

Borst's belief in the importance of a broad-based education in public affairs and an understanding of the state's fiscal process has led him to establish the Lawrence M. Borst Internship at IUPUI's SPEA. The one-year fellowship awards a SPEA graduate student the opportunity to gain experience working with the Senate Finance Committee.