John Day

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John Day
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 100
Former Member
In office
1974-1994, 1996 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMarion College (1963)
Master'sIndiana University (1966)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Date of birthAugust 25, 1937
Place of birthIndianapolis, Indiana
Office website
John Day (b. August 25, 1937) is a former Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 100 from 1996 to 2012 and from 1974 to 1994.

Day is a part time Teacher at Marian College. She has previously been a part time Teacher at Cathedral High School, in the Probation Department of Marion County Juvenile Court, served in the United States Army Reserve, and United States Army.

Day is a member of the John Boner Community Center Board of Directors, Children and Youth Center East 10th Street United Methodist Church Board of Directors, Eastside Community Investments Board of Directors, Head Start Advisory Committee Board, and the Midtown Community Mental Health Center Board of Directors.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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

Legislative walkout

Day and 36 other Democratic representatives participated in a legislative walkout on February 22, 2011, in opposition to proposed legislation limiting union powers in Indiana. The Democratic departure left the House void of a quorum, leaving only 58 of the 67 representatives needed to establish a quorum.[2] Terri Austin, Steven Stemler and Vanessa Summers stayed behind to provide, if necessary, a motion and a seconding motion, which would enable them to stop any official business from proceeding should the Republicans try to do so.[2]

On March 7, 2011, House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois.[3] According to the Indiana Constitution, Article 4, sections 11 and 14, the House may enforce fines and other methods to compel absent members to return. Beginning on March 7, 2011, each Democrat was subject to a fine of $250, to be withheld from future expense or salary payments, for each day they were not present in the statehouse.[4] Regarding their actual pay, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced that the 37 lawmakers were required to be physically present in the chambers to receive their per diem payment of $152/day.[3] This move came as a result of the approximated $40,000 in per diem payments automatically made to the legislators during their first seven days of absence. According to reports, the representatives promised to either return the money, or donate it to charity.[3]

March 22, 2011, marked the start of the fourth consecutive week of Democratic absenteeism, complete with an increased incentive to return. Governor Mitch Daniels and House Republicans upped the ante with daily fines increasing from $250/day to $350/day, effective March 21, 2011. Despite the increased penalties, Democratic resolve remained intact. House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer stated that Democrats "will remain steadfast" in their opposition to bills hurting wages and education in Indiana.[5] Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.[6]

The Democrats ended the standoff after 36 days, returning on March 28, 2011. The two sides agreed to compromise on a number of issues, including shelving the controversial "right-to-work" bill.[4] Although the Democrats returned with some of their demands met, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3,500 in fines given by Republicans.[4]

The Legislature ended up passing "right-to-work" legislation on February 1, 2012, becoming the 23rd state to do so. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) signed the measure into law.[7]



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Day defeated Republican candidate Robbin Stewart and Libertarian candidate Paul Dijak-Robinson with 4,491 votes to win re-election.[8] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, Day ran unopposed and received 1,121 votes.[9]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 100 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Day (D) 4,491
Robbin Stewart (R) 2,174
Paul Dijak-Robinson (L) 292


On November 4, 2008, Democrat John Day won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 100 receiving 10,629 votes, ahead of Libertarian Ed Angleton who received 1,987 votes.[10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 100 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Day (D) 10,629
Ed Angleton (L) 1,987


On November 7, 2006, Day won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 100.[11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 100 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Day (D) 4,799
John C. Warren Jr. (R) 2,029

Campaign donors


In 2010, Day collected $8,473 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[12]


In 2008, Day collected $6,265 in donations.[13]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists $550
Service Employees Local 880 $500
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $500
Indiana Radiological Society $300
Indiana Podiatric Medical Association $300

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Preceded by
Indiana House of Representatives District 100
Succeeded by
Dan Forestal (D)