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Indiana State Senate District 27

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Indiana State Senate District 27
Current incumbentJeff Raatz Republican Party
Race93.5% White, 2.8% Black, 0.5% Asian, 1.3% Other, 1.8% Two or More[1]
Ethnicity2.2% Hispanic, 92.6% White Non-Hispanic
Voting age76.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Indiana's twenty-seventh state senate district is represented by Republican Senator Jeff Raatz.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 128,061 civilians reside within Indiana's twenty-seventh state senate district.[2] Indiana state senators represent an average of 129,676 residents. After the 2000 Census, each member represented 121,610 residents.

About the chamber

Members of the Indiana State Senate serve four-year terms and are not subject to term limits. Indiana legislators assume office the day after their general election.


To be eligible to serve in the Indiana State Senate a candidate must be:[3]

  • A United States citizen at the time of election
  • Have resided in the state for at least two years and in the senate district for at least one year before the election
  • Be at least twenty-five (25) 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 senate, the state committee of a political party must appoint a replacement. The appointee selected by the state committee is contingent upon the approval of the state party chairperson. A special election is only allowed if the vacant seat is left by an independent.[6]



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. Jerome "Jake" Hoog was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Jeff Raatz defeated Eric Atkinson, Doug Williamson and R. Bruce Wissel in the Republican primary. Raatz defeated Hoog and Rex Bell (L) in the general election. Bell filed to run on July 2, 2014.[7][8][9]

Indiana State Senate District 27, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Raatz 64.6% 16,030
     Democratic Jerome "Jake" Hoog 25.2% 6,250
     Libertarian Rex Bell 10.3% 2,552
Total Votes 24,832

Indiana State Senate, District 27 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Raatz 48.5% 4,231
R. Bruce Wissel 29.2% 2,549
Doug Williamson 16.5% 1,443
Eric Atkinson 5.8% 506
Total Votes 8,729


See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Indiana State Senate consisted of a primary election on May 4, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 19, 2010. Incumbent Allen Paul (R) defeated Donald Crossley (L) in the general election and was unopposed in the Republican primary.[10][11]

Indiana State Senate, District 27, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAllen Paul Incumbent 78.3% 20,511
     Libertarian Donald Crossley 21.7% 5,690
Total Votes 26,201

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Indiana State Senate District 27 have raised a total of $426,301. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $42,630 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Indiana State Senate District 27
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $51,740 1 $51,740
2010 $54,111 2 $27,056
2008 $46,512 1 $46,512
2006 $160,580 3 $53,527
2004 $36,856 1 $36,856
2002 $44,912 1 $44,912
2000 $31,590 1 $31,590
Total $426,301 10 $42,630

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