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Gregory Porter
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 96
Incumbent
In office
1992 - Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 22
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$24,140.16/year
Per diem$156/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sEarlham College (1978)
OtherHarvard University (2001)
Personal
BirthdayMay 14, 1955
Place of birthIndianapolis, Indiana
ProfessionVice-President of External Affairs, Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Gregory Porter (b. May 14, 1955) is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 96. He was first elected to the chamber in 1992.

Biography

Porter's professional experience includes serving as Vice-President of External Affairs with the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County and Vice President of Community Planning.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Porter served on the following committees:

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Public Health
Ways and Means

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Porter served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Porter served on these committees:

Issues

Legislative walkout

Porter and 36 other Democratic representatives participated in a legislative walkout on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 in opposition to proposed legislation limiting union powers in Indiana. The Democratic departure left the House void of a quorum, leaving only 58 of the 67 Representatives needed to establish a quorum.[1] Terri Austin, Steven Stemler, and Vanessa Summers stayed behind to provide, if necessary, a motion and a seconding motion, which would enable them to stop any official business from proceeding should the Republicans try to do so.[1]

On March 7, House minority leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois.[2] According to the Indiana Constitution, Article 4, sections 11 and 14, the House may enforce fines and other methods to compel absent members to return. Beginning on March 7, the Democrats were subject to a fine of $250, to be withheld from future expense or salary payments, for each day they were not present in the statehouse.[3] Regarding their actual pay, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced that the 37 lawmakers were required to be physically present in the chambers to receive their per diem payment of $152/day.[2] This move came as a result of the approximated $40,000 in per diem payments automatically made to the legislators during their first seven days of absence. According to reports, the representatives promised to either return the money, or donate it to charity.[2]

March 22 marked the start of the fourth consecutive week of Democratic absenteeism, complete with an increased incentive to return. Governor Daniels and House Republicans upped the ante with daily fines increasing from $250/day to $350/day, effective Monday, March 21. Despite the increased penalties, Democratic resolve remained intact. House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer stated that Democrats "will remain steadfast" in their opposition to bills hurting wages and education in Indiana.[4] Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.[5]

The Democrats ended the standoff after 36 days, returning on March 28. The two sides agreed to compromise on a number of issues, including shelving the controversial "right-to-work" bill.[3] Although the Democrats returned with some of their wishes granted, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3500 in fines given by Republicans.[3]

The Legislature ended up passing "right-to-work" legislation on February 1, 2012, becoming the 23rd state to do so. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) immediately signed it into law.[6]


Elections

2014

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Indiana House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 6, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Incumbent Gregory W. Porter was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Margaret Peggy Jones was unopposed in the Republican primary. Porter will face Jones in the general election.[7][8]

2012

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Porter won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 96. Porter ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and defeated Karl Scharnberg (R) and Wes Bishop (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 96, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGregory Porter Incumbent 83.2% 25,213
     Republican Karl Scharnberg 13% 3,936
     Libertarian Wes Bishop 3.8% 1,142
Total Votes 30,291

2010

See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Porter defeated Republican candidate David Dessauer by a margin of 10,573 to 4,697 to win re-election.[11] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, Porter ran unopposed and received 3,201 votes.[12]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 96 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gregory Porter (D) 10,573
David Dessauer (R) 4,697

2008

See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Gregory Porter won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 96 receiving 20,696 votes, ahead of Republican Lawrence Newman who received 6,753 votes.[13]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 96 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gregory Porter (D) 20,696
Lawrence Newman (R) 6,753

2006

See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Porter won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 96 unopposed.[14]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 96 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gregory Porter (D) 10,479

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Porter is available dating back to 1994. Based on available campaign finance records, Porter raised a total of $319,264 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 10, 2013.[15]

Gregory Porter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State House, District 96 Won $35,536
2010 Indiana State House, District 96 Won $46,130
2008 Indiana State House, District 96 Won $49,546
2006 Indiana State House, District 96 Won $43,095
2004 Indiana State House, District 96 Won $53,460
2002 Indiana State House, District 96 Won $31,990
2000 Indiana State House, District 96 Won $0
1998 Indiana State House, District 96 Won $25,635
1996 Indiana State House, District 96 Won $21,270
1994 Indiana State House, District 96 Won $12,602
Grand Total Raised $319,264

2012

Porter won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Porter raised a total of $35,536.
Indiana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gregory Porter's campaign in 2012
Indiana State Teachers Association$10,000
Comcast$2,000
At&T$2,000
Indiana Cpa Society$1,000
Indiana Beverage Alliance$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$35,536
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Porter collected $46,130 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[16]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gregory Porter's campaign in 2010
Indiana State Teachers Association$5,000
Dehaan, Christel$3,000
AT&T$2,000
Comcast$2,000
Indiana CPA Society$1,500
Total Raised in 2010 $46,130

2008

In 2008, Porter collected $49,546 in donations.[17]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Christel Dehaan $6,500
Ipale $5,000
AT&T $2,000
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $1,500
Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Business Advocacy Committee $1,000
McGraw-Hill Companies $1,000
Indiana State Medical Association $1,000
Hoosiers for Indiana $1,000
Comcast $1,000
Friends of Indiana Hosp $1,000
Indiana Hospital Association $1,000

Personal

Porter is a member of the Community Action of Greater Indianapolis, Crooked Creek Multi-Service Center, Earlham College African American Advisory Board, Fathers and Family Resource Center, President of Indiana Advocates for Children, Vice Chair of the Indianapolis Urban League, Vice Chair of the Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corporation and member of the Martin Center Board.[18]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 IndyStar.com, Indiana Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown over anti-union legislation, 22 Feb. 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fox 59, Fines begin for absent House Democrats, 7 March 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Wall Street Journal, Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana, 3 March 2011
  4. IndyStar.com, Dems' walkout drags on, among nation's longest, 23 March 2011
  5. WFIE.com, Indiana Republicans say they're done negotiating, 17 March 2011
  6. Reuters, "Indiana becomes 23rd "right-to-work" state," February 1, 2012
  7. Indiana Secretary of State, "Official primary election candidate list," accessed February 10, 2014
  8. Indiana Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed June 12, 2014
  9. Indiana Secretary of State, "List of May 8, 2012, primary candidates," accessed March 6, 2014
  10. Indiana Secretary of State, “Election Results – Indiana General Election, November 6, 2012,” accessed January 24, 2013
  11. Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official General Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
  12. Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official Primary Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
  13. Indiana Secretary of State, "2008 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
  14. Indiana Secretary of State, "2006 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
  15. followthemoney.org, "Porter, Gregory W," accessed September 10, 2013
  16. Follow the Money, "2010 Campaign donations," accessed March 7, 2014
  17. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign donations," accessed March 7, 2014
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Political Summary," accessed March 7, 2014
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1992–present
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