Mike Delph

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Mike Delph
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Indiana State Senate District 29
In office
Term ends
November 6, 2018
Years in position 10
Base salary$24,140.16/year
Per diem$156/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2005
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsNo
Bachelor'sIndiana University
Master'sIndiana University, Indiana University
J.D.Indiana University School of Law
Military service
Service/branchCPT United States Army Reserve
Place of birthCarmel, Indiana
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Delph is a Republican member of the Indiana State Senate, representing District 29. He was first elected to the chamber in 2005.


Delph earned his B.A. from Indiana University in 1992, his M.S. in Environmental Science, his M.P.A. from Indiana University in 1996 and his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 2010. His professional experience includes working as a Senior Director of Government Affairs for Comcast. He served as a Captain in the United States Army Reserve.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Technology


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


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


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


Campaign themes


Delph's website emphasized the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt: "Raising taxes is not an option as government must learn to live within its means just like every Hoosier family is required to do. I will work tirelessly to reduce regulation and red tape that restrain the private sector from innovating and creating jobs."


  • Excerpt: "We have to push more dollars into the classroom and reward and lift up outstanding teachers and educators. Ultimately our education system is a key economic driver in Indiana."

Traditional Values

  • Excerpt: "A strong pro-life advocate, Mike works to promote adoption as an alternative to abortion, as well as other initiatives which humanize the unborn. Senator Delph believes the future of marriage belongs in the hands of Hoosier voters and not judicial activists. He supports the longstanding definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman."



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. J.D. Ford was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while incumbent Mike Delph was unopposed in the Republican primary. Delph defeated Ford in the general election.[2][3]

Indiana State Senate District 29, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Delph Incumbent 54.3% 15,140
     Democratic J.D. Ford 45.7% 12,744
Total Votes 27,884


See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2010

Delph defeated Democratic candidate Robin Shackleford by a margin of 22,498 to 15,532 in the November 2 general election.[4]

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

Indiana State Senate, District 29 General Election 2010
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Delph (R) 22,498 59.2%
Robin Shackleford (D) 15,532 40.8%


See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Republican Mike Delph won re-election to the Indiana State Senate District 29. He ran unopposed receiving 21,138 votes.[6]

Indiana State Senate, District 29 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Delph (R) 21,138

Campaign donors


In 2010, Delph received $139,043 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]


In 2008, a year Delph was not up for re-election, he collected $47,800 in donations.[8]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Vision Concepts $6,000
Paul Shoopman $5,000
Timothy Durham $5,000


In 2006, Delph collected $134,613 in donations.[9]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Paul E. Shoopman $25,000
Indiana Builders Association $9,000
Hoosier Pac $5,000
Timothy S. Durham $5,000
Purity Wholesale Grocers Inc. $2,500
Vision Concepts $2,500
Sal Ricciardi $2,500
Hart Hasten $2,500
Jeffery Levitetz $2,500
John Gaylor $2,500
Dennis McGuire $2,500
Josephine Delph $2,000
Weaver Popcorn Co. $2,000
David Scruby $2,000
David Carr $1,500
Friends of Will Doss $1,439
Joe Cade $1,353
Citizens for Excellence Indiana Government $1,250
Keystone Construction $1,250
Hoosiers for Indiana $1,250


Delph and his wife, Beth, have five children.


Twitter use

Delph was reprimanded on February 21, 2014, by Republican leadership for revealing on Twitter the fate of a same sex marriage constitutional amendment before it was revealed publicly. This punishment stemmed from a February 13 caucus meeting, with Delph tweeting afterwards that the second sentence of the controversial amendment would not move forward due to a lack of support before the bill was even brought up for debate on the floor. Delph's announced punishments included moving his seat from the Republican side of the chamber to the Democratic one, loss of his position as assistant majority floor leader of communications, loss of Ranking Member status on the Judiciary Committee and loss of his assigned press secretary.[10]


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

Legislators are scored on their stances on issues "impacting working people."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "pro-jobs, pro-economy issues."
Legislators are scored on whether they supported or opposed IMA's position on a bill.


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

Legislators are scored on whether they supported or opposed IMA's position on a bill.

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