James Buck

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James Buck
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Indiana State Senate District 21
In office
Term ends
November 2014
Years in position 6
Base salary$24,140.16/year
Per diem$156/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 2014
Term limitsNo
Prior offices
Indiana House of Representatives
Bachelor'sIndiana Wesleyan University
Master'sIndiana Wesleyan University
BirthdayJuly 30, 1945
ProfessionReal Estate Broker
Office website
James Buck (b. July 30, 1945) is a Republican member of the Indiana State Senate, representing District 21. He was selected by Republican caucus to finish the term of Jeff Drozda in 2008.[1] In 2010 Buck was re-elected to a full term. He is running for re-election again in 2014. He previously served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1994 to 2008.


Buck earned his B.S. in Business Administration and his M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University. His professional experience includes working as Vice President of WWKI’s We Care, a local charity, Tool and Die Mold Maker and Real Estate Broker.

Committee assignments


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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce, Economic Development and Technology, Chair
Education and Career Development
Pensions and Labor
Tax and Fiscal Policy


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


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



See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Indiana State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 6, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Incumbent James R. Buck was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2010

Buck defeated Democratic candidate Chuck Sosbe by a margin of 30,985 to 14,186 in the November 2 general election.[4]

In the May 4 primary election, Buck ran unopposed.[5]

Indiana State Senate, District 21 General Election 2010
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png James Buck (R) 30,985 68.6%
Chuck Sosbe (D) 14,186 31.4%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Buck received $58,979 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Indiana State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Buck's campaign in 2010
Duke Energy$1,500
Nisource Inc$1,000
Reid, Lynn$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $58,979


In 2008, a year Buck withdrew from re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives, he collected $44,420 in donations.[7]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana Builders Association $1,500
Seven different donations each of: $1,000


In 2006, Buck collected $52,728 in donations while winning re-election.[8]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Insurance Institute of Indiana $2,000
AT&T $1,500
Six different donations each of: $1,000


In 2004, Buck collected $41,04 in donations while winning re-election.[9]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Trucking Industry PAC/TIPAC $1,300
Home Builders Association of Howard County $1,000
Shamrock Inc $1,000
Indiana Builders Association $1,000
Downey Insurance $1,000


In 2002, Buck collected $28,481 in donations while winning re-election.[10]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
House Republican Campaign Committee of Indiana $2,000
Indiana Association of Realtors $1,000
Indiana Credit Union League $700


Buck and his wife, Judy, have five children.


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In 2014, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 6 through March 14.[11]


In 2013, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 7 through April 29.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jeff Drozda
Indiana State Senate District 21
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Indiana House of Representatives District 38
Succeeded by
Jacque Clements