Jeff Raatz

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Jeff Raatz
Jeff Raatz.jpg
Indiana State Senate, District 27
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'sBaker College of Muskegon
Date of birthSeptember 13, 1963
Office website
Campaign website
Jeff Raatz (b. September 13, 1963) is a Republican member of the Indiana State Senate, representing District 27. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Raatz earned his bachelor's degree in Business from Baker College of Muskegon. Raatz's professional experience includes working as an educator. He is the principal of Richmond Academy and a part-time program coordinator at Miami University.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Raatz served on the following committees:

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2015
Corrections and Criminal Law
Education and Career Development
Insurance and Financial Institutions


Campaign themes


Raatz's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Excerpt: "I believe we should [keep] taxation and regulation at a minimum, affording Hoosiers the ability to make sound business decisions, and we should purposefully attract other businesses to establish themselves in Indiana."


  • Excerpt: "...we must work with Colleges and Universities with a focus on STEM based course work, creating degrees and vocational programs at the local level. We must retain as much control as possible at the local level."


  • Excerpt: "We must work diligently to protect Agriculture from additional taxation and work to be a leader in innovation in each sector. Finally, with some 83% of Indiana’s land supporting agriculture, we need to realize that for many families, agriculture has been a way of life for generations and should not be taken lightly."



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.[3][4][5]

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



In 2014, Raatz's endorsements include:[6]


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Raatz and his wife, Lisa, have two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Allen Paul (R)
Indiana State Senate District 27
Succeeded by