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Indiana House of Representatives District 35

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Indiana House of Representatives District 35
Current incumbentMelanie Wright Democratic Party
Race95.9% White, 1.4% Black, 0.7% Asian, 0.8% Other, 1.2% Two or More[1]
Ethnicity1.8% Hispanic, 94.9% White Non-Hispanic
Voting age77.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Indiana's thirty-fifth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative Melanie Wright.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 65,183 civilians reside within Indiana's thirty-fifth state house district.[2] Indiana state representatives represent an average of 64,838 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 60,805 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Indiana House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Indiana legislators assume office on the second Tuesday after the general election.


To be eligible to serve in the Indiana House of Representatives a candidate must be:[3]

  • A United States citizen at the time of the election
  • Have resided in the state for at least two years and in the house district for at least one year before the election
  • Be at least twenty-one years old upon taking office
  • Registered to vote in the election district the person seeks to represent not later than the deadline for filing the declaration or petition of candidacy or certificate of nomination.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Indiana legislature are paid $22,616.46/year. Additionally, legislators receive $152/day per diem tied to the federal rate.[4]


Indiana legislators created a 401(k) plan for themselves in 1989, becoming the first in the nation to do so. Lawmakers who took office after April 1989 were ineligible for the traditional pension plan, receiving the individual retirement account instead.

Legislators pay 5% of their annual salary into the 401(k). In 2007, they voted to include per diem allowances, expense payments and leadership stipends into the calculation, thus raising their retirement accounts.[5]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

Whenever there is a vacancy in the house, the state committee of the party that last held the seat must appoint a replacement. This is contingent upon the approval of the respective state chairperson of the party. Any vacant seat held by an independent must be filled by a special election.[6]



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Indiana House of Representatives 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. Melanie Wright was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent L. Jack Lutz was unopposed in the Republican primary. Wright defeated Lutz in the general election.[7][8]

Indiana House of Representatives 35, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMelanie Wright 50.6% 8,581
     Republican L. Jack Lutz Incumbent 49.4% 8,375
Total Votes 16,956


See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Indiana House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 8, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 10, 2012. Incumbent L. Jack Lutz (R) defeated Melanie Wright (D) in the general election. Neither candidate faced opposition in their primary.[9][10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngL. Jack Lutz Incumbent 50.8% 14,676
     Democratic Melanie Wright 49.2% 14,229
Total Votes 28,905

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Indiana House of Representatives District 35 have raised a total of $857,657. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $53,604 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Indiana House of Representatives District 35
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $341,637 2 $170,819
2010 $55,286 3 $18,429
2008 $112,432 2 $56,216
2006 $81,200 2 $40,600
2004 $118,434 3 $39,478
2002 $116,774 2 $58,387
2000 $31,894 2 $15,947
Total $857,657 16 $53,604

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