Meet Carey



Carey and her husband Derek have been married for 17 years and are the proud parents of two boys, ages 15 and 16.  Carey grew up in Indianapolis and Derek grew up in Frankfort, Indiana.  Carey attended Washington Township schools until 5th grade and moved to Pike Township where she graduated from Pike High School.

In her three years in office, Carey has proven to be an effective bi-partisan Statehouse leader.  She is fiscally responsible, pragmatic and works hard for the people of House District 87.
As our State Representative, Carey has:
  • Worked across the aisle on policies that improve quality of life and strengthen our neighborhoods
  • Supported our public schools and new pathways for postsecondary education/career training
  • Voted against powerful special interests
  • Ensured that tax dollars are spent in a fiscally responsible manner
In addition, Carey has authored & co-authored several important bills that have become law.  These new laws:

  • Strengthen protections for domestic violence victims
  • Enhance property rights while encouraging the growth of bike and pedestrian trail across Indiana, and 
  • Create the Indiana Water Infrastructure Taskforce to address Indiana’s water infrastructure needs.    

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Education & Community Engagement   

  • Bachelor’s Degree - Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Board Member - The Advancement Center for Washington Township Schools and NC Alumni
  • ​Member - Indiana Bike Trails Task Force
  • Former Board Member - Keep America Beautiful
  • Former Board Member - National Recycling Coalition
  • Block Captain, Rolling Ridge Neighborhood
  • 2013 graduate - Institute for Conservation Leadership Executive Director Leadership Program
  • Co-Chair - Environmental Programs Committee for the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee
  • 2011 graduate - Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Program
  • 2010 - Named one of Forty Under 40 up-and-coming leaders by the Indianapolis Business Journal

An interesting fact about Carey:  In 1997, she thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail.  You can read about that journey in this 2007 Outdoor Indiana magazine article .  

Carey is a nonprofit executive and has worked in the environmental field for 20+ years. During that time she has managed several policy development initiatives and public outreach programs including:
  • Manager, State of Indiana Partners for Clean Air Program
  • Director, State of Indiana Recycling Program
  • First Director of Indiana’s Greening the Government Program

Energy Projects Manager for the City of San Jose, California (Carey and her husband Derek lived in California for 3 years while Derek earned his law degree from Stanford University)

Owner, Carey Hamilton Consulting.  Environmental consulting for public, private and nonprofit clients.

Executive Director, Indiana Recycling Coalition. Carey more than tripled the organization's budget, which allowed the IRC to grow its staff and better serve its mission.
In 2009, Carey led the IRC's statehouse legislative campaign that culminated in the passage of Indiana’s electronics recycling law.

Under Carey's leadership the IRC brought together an industry stakeholder group which sought to find common ground to advance recycling in Indiana. This IRC-led industry coalition effectively lobbied for new recycling funding and policies during the 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions.