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John Barnes, Indiana Representative

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John Barnes
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Candidate for
Indiana State Senate District 32
Prior offices
Indiana House of Representatives
District 89
2008 – 2010
High schoolHowe High School
Bachelor'sButler University
ProfessionSocial Studies Teacher
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John Barnes was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 32 of the Indiana State Senate. He previously served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing the 89th District from 2008-2010. Barnes defeated Patricia Mink in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2012.[1]

Barnes was born and raised on the eastside of Indianapolis.[2] He is a social studies teacher and department chair. Barnes started teaching in 1979


  • IPS School #77
  • 1975: Howe High School
  • Butler University, B.A. degree in Liberal Arts

He is the creator of Respecting Diversity.[3]

Committee assignments




See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2012

Barnes ran in the 2012 election for Indiana State Senate District 32. He defeated Patricia G. Mink in the May 8 Democratic primary[1] and was defeated by incumbent Patricia L. Miller (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Indiana State Senate, District 32, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Barnes 40.8% 20,128
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Miller Incumbent 59.2% 29,163
Total Votes 49,291
Indiana State Senate, District 32 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Barnes 64.8% 2,512
Patricia Mink 35.2% 1,367
Total Votes 3,879


See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Barnes lost to Republican candidate Cindy Kirchhofer by a margin of 8,066 to 7,468.[6] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, Barnes ran unopposed and received 1,909 votes.[7]


On November 4, 2008, Democrat John Barnes won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 89 receiving 13,442 votes, ahead of Republican Chris Swatts who received 12,182 votes.[8]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 89 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Barnes (D) 13,442
Chris Swatts (R) 12,182

Campaign donors


In 2008, Barnes collected $522,442 in donations.[9]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana State Teachers Association $180,500
Indiana Democratic Party $147,623
Indiana House Democratic Caucus $66,329
Pat Bauer for State Representative $47,000
Russ Stilwell for State Representative $5,500
American Federation of Teachers $5,000
American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees $5,000
Win Moses for State Representative $5,000
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $5,000
Jeb Bardon for Indiana $3,000
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades $2,500
Electrical Workers Local 481 $2,300
Uni-Pac Northeast $2,000
Community Health Network Pac $2,000
Metro-West Pac (2-C) $2,000
Indiana Association of Realtors $2,000
Indiana State Auto Workers $2,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $2,000
Communication Workers of America- District 4- Political Education Committee $2,000
John F. Barnes $1,900

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Barnes and his wife, Leslie, were married in 1992 and they live in southern Warren Township.[2] They have two school-aged children: Eddie and Sheridan.[2]

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Preceded by
Indiana House of Representatives District 89
Succeeded by
Cindy Kirchhofer