- IUS Chancellor's Medallion (2017)
- IUS Chancellor's Medallion
Location: New Albany
Presenter: Ray Wallace
BIOGRAPHYGrooms is an Indiana state senator representing the 46th district of Indiana, which includes Floyd County, and Clarksville and Jeffersonville in Clark County.
After earning a B.S. in Pharmacy from Butler University in 1967, Grooms served as a pharmacist and owner of Hanger's Pharmacy in Jeffersonville for nearly 40 years. Grooms entered the public sector first as a member of the Jeffersonville City Council in 1983 and then as a state senator in 2010.
As a member of the Jeffersonville City Council, Grooms helped eliminate the city's deficit, balance the budget and produce a surplus. As a member of the Indiana State Senate, Grooms has worked to pass balanced budgets and the largest tax cut in Indiana history.
He is currently the Chair of the Family & Children's Services Committee and Public Health subcommittee and serves as majority member for Health & Provider Services committee, Homeland Security & Transportation committee, Veterans Affairs & The Military committee and Interim Study committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services.
Grooms received the Sagamore of Wabash Award from Indiana Gov. Robert Orr in 1984 and was named Pharmacist of the Year in 2010 by the Indiana Pharmacist Alliance.
Grooms is a former member of the Clark, Floyd and Harrison Family Health Center advisory board. He has also served on the Jeffersonville Housing Authority Board and the Police Officers & Firefighters Fund Advisory Committee for the state and was President of the New Hope Services Board of Directors. He is also a member of Leadership Southern Indiana.