|Indiana House of Representatives|
|1992 - Present|
|November 5, 2014|
|Years in position||22|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Earlham College (1978)|
|Other||Harvard University (2001)|
|Birthday||May 14, 1955|
|Place of birth||Indianapolis, Indiana|
|Profession||Vice-President of External Affairs, Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County|
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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Porter served on the following committees:
|Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Public Health|
|• Ways and Means|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Porter served on these committees:
|Indiana Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Select Committee on Government Reduction|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Porter served on these committees:
|Indiana Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Courts and Criminal Code|
|• Education, Chair|
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. 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.
On March 7, House minority leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois. 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. 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. 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.
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. Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.
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. 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.
Elections for the office of Indiana House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on May 6, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Incumbent Gregory W. Porter is unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Margaret Peggy Jones is unopposed in the Republican primary.
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.
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 96, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Gregory Porter Incumbent||83.2%||25,213|
In the May 4th primary, Porter ran unopposed and received 3,201 votes.
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 96 General Election (2010)|
|Gregory Porter (D)||10,573|
|David Dessauer (R)||4,697|
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.
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 96 (2008)|
|Gregory Porter (D)||20,696|
|Lawrence Newman (R)||6,753|
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 96 (2006)|
|Gregory Porter (D)||10,479|
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.
|Gregory Porter's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Indiana State House, District 96||$35,536|
|2010||Indiana State House, District 96||$46,130|
|2008||Indiana State House, District 96||$49,546|
|2006||Indiana State House, District 96||$43,095|
|2004||Indiana State House, District 96||$53,460|
|2002||Indiana State House, District 96||$31,990|
|2000||Indiana State House, District 96||$0|
|1998||Indiana State House, District 96||$25,635|
|1996||Indiana State House, District 96||$21,270|
|1994||Indiana State House, District 96||$12,602|
|Grand Total Raised||$319,264|
2012Porter 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|
|Indiana Cpa Society||$1,000|
|Indiana Beverage Alliance||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$35,536|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Porter collected $46,130 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:
|Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Gregory Porter's campaign in 2010|
|Indiana State Teachers Association||$5,000|
|Indiana CPA Society||$1,500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$46,130|
In 2008, Porter collected $49,546 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.
|Indiana Trial Lawyers Association||$1,500|
|Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Business Advocacy Committee||$1,000|
|Indiana State Medical Association||$1,000|
|Hoosiers for Indiana||$1,000|
|Friends of Indiana Hosp||$1,000|
|Indiana Hospital Association||$1,000|
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.
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- EDITORIAL: South Shore extension must not be delayed - nwitimes.com
- Zoeller tabs school safety funding as top accomplishment for year - nwitimes.com
- Indiana House of Representatives - Gregory Porter
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994
- IndyStar.com, Indiana Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown over anti-union legislation, 22 Feb. 2011
- Fox 59, Fines begin for absent House Democrats, 7 March 2011
- The Wall Street Journal, Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana, 3 March 2011
- IndyStar.com, Dems' walkout drags on, among nation's longest, 23 March 2011
- WFIE.com, Indiana Republicans say they're done negotiating, 17 March 2011
- Reuters, "Indiana becomes 23rd "right-to-work" state," February 1, 2012
- Indiana Secretary of State, "Official primary election candidate list," accessed February 10, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, "List of May 8, 2012, primary candidates," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, “Election Results – Indiana General Election, November 6, 2012,” accessed January 24, 2013
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official General Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official Primary Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2008 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2006 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Porter, Gregory W," accessed September 10, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 Campaign donations," accessed March 7, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign donations," accessed March 7, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Political Summary," accessed March 7, 2014
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