Third Congressional District

Democratic Committee

Past U.S. Representatives

Jill Long-Thompson

Jill Long Thompson
Served: 4th District
  03/28/1989 - 01/03/1995
County: Whitley

J Edward Roush

J Edward Roush
Served: 5th District
  (01/03/1959 - 01/03/1969)
  4th District
  (01/03/1971 - 01/03/1977)
County: Huntington


After being elected to Congress in 1958, Ed Roush was appointed to the congressional oversight committee overseeing NASA, and was involved in the space program.

He made important contributions to the region and the nation. Northeast Indiana received funding for flood-control dams while also preserving the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Congressman Roush was the driving force to establish the nationwide 911 emergency telephone number. His efforts included contacting state and local police and fire departments, lobbying telephone companies, enlisting the support of federal agencies, and writing articles for newspapers and magazines. Success started to become a reality in 1968 when AT&T set aside "911" as a national emergency number for any Bell System telephone company wishing to use it. Huntington, Indiana was the first Bell System community to implement 911 service with New York City following shortly.