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Chip Perfect
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Indiana State Senate, District 43
In office
November 5, 2014 - Present
Term ends
November 6, 2018
Years in position 1
Base salary$24,140.16/year
Per diem$156/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPurdue University
Office website
Campaign website
Chip Perfect is a Republican member of the Indiana State Senate, representing District 43. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Campaign themes


Perfect's website highlighted the following campaign themes:


Opportunities are not just about starting a business. People want opportunities in their work, opportunities available in the companies where they work. If business can’t grow, employee opportunities are limited.

High taxes, government mandates, costly regulations, legal precautions, all take resources away from a business and limit its ability to grow and create opportunity.

Opportunities are about education as well. I was a teacher of high school Agriculture when I first graduated from college. Believe me, I know just how difficult it is to teach. I also have raised three children and understand how important their education has been. The world is changing at a rate faster than any time in history. We face a huge educational challenge to make sure our young people are prepared for the world that is coming at them at high speed! They need educational opportunities to be prepared, and to create their own opportunities in life.[1][2]


I like to get things done. I speak my mind. I listen. I like to build consensus! I am reasonable and rational. I have learned a great deal about leadership from a number of mentors over the years, and I continue to strive to become a better leader.

I am excited about the opportunity to put my leadership experience to work for Southeastern Indiana. This community is where I grew up, where I raised my children, where I make my living, where I live my life. It is important for me to give back. I believe becoming your Senator is a way for me to continue doing that![1][2]

Common Sense

We are fortunate to live in Southeast Indiana, where common sense is still common. However, you cannot assume that everyone has common sense and uses it while making both small and large decisions.

I often tell young people to figure out what they have to offer. When I first got to college I realized that one of the things I had to offer was common sense. I discovered that I could use my common sense perspective in situations where it was lacking. Calling on this common sense has served me well in becoming a successful businessman, husband and father.

I plan to put my common sense perspective together with my leadership abilities to help insure there are opportunities available for Hoosiers of the 43rd Senate District.[1][2]



See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Indiana State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Rudy Howard was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Chip Perfect defeated Bill McDonald and Mark Schneider in the Republican primary. Perfect defeated Howard in the general election.[3]

Indiana State Senate District 43, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChip Perfect 71.7% 22,737
     Democratic Rudy Howard 28.3% 8,988
Total Votes 31,725



In 2014, Perfect's endorsements included:[4]

  • Indiana State Representative Jud McMillin (R)
  • Indiana Farm Bureau Elect Committee
  • National Rifle Association (AQ rating)
  • Indiana Manufacturers Association
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  • Indiana State Sen. Johnny Nugent (R) (outgoing incumbent)
  • Dearborn County Commissioner Kevin Lynch


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Preceded by
Johnny Nugent (R)
Indiana State Senate District 43
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