|Indiana House of Representatives, District 56|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Indiana House of Representatives|
|2002 - 2012|
|High school||Alquina High School (1962)|
|Service/branch||Indiana National Guard|
|Years of service||1965 – 1971|
Pflum's professional experience includes working as a farmer and manufacturing manager. He served in the Indiana National Guard from 1965 to 1971.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pflum served on these committees:
- Agriculture and Rural Development, Ranking Minority Member
- Natural Resources
- Roads and Transportation
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pflum served on these committees:
Pflum and 36 other Democratic representatives participated in a legislative walkout on Tuesday, 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. 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.
On March 7, House minority leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois. 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, the Democrats were 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. 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. 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.
March 22 marked the start of the fourth consecutive week of Democratic absenteeism, complete with an increased incentive to return. Governor Daniels and House Republicans upped the ante with daily fines increasing from $250/day to $350/day, effective Monday, March 21. 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. Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.
The Democrats ended the standoff after 36 days, returning on March 28. The two sides agreed to compromise on a number of issues, including shelving the controversial "right-to-work" bill. Although the Democrats returned with some of their wishes granted, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3500 in fines given by Republicans.
Pflum ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 56. Pflum ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and was defeated by Richard Hamm (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
In the May 4th primary, Pflum ran unopposed and received 1,692 votes.
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 56 General Election (2010)|
|Phillip Pflum (D)||6,373|
|Brad Hyatt (L)||2,939|
Pflum ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 4th.
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 56 (2008)|
|Phillip Pflum (D)||14,268|
|Jon Bell (L)||3,807|
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 56 (2006)|
|Phillip Pflum (D)||7,382|
|Jaye Gibbs (R)||3,917|
|Jon Bell (L)||969|
In 2010, Pflum collected $12,694 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:
|Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Phillip Pflum's campaign in 2010|
|Indiana Trial Lawyers Association||$3,000|
|Laborers Local 1047||$2,250|
|Indiana Beverage Alliance||$1,000|
|Indiana Bankers Association||$750|
|Indiana Statewide Association Of Rural Electric Cooperatives||$600|
|Total Raised in 2010||$12,694|
In 2008, Pflum collected $10,722 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.
|Indiana Trial Lawyers Association||$1,500|
|Indiana Builders Association||$1,000|
In 2006, Pflum collected $42,215 in donations.
Listed below are the top 5 contributors to his campaign.
|Indiana State Teachers Association||$20,000|
|Indiana Trial Lawyers Association||$3,000|
|Luellen LP Gass||$1,600|
|Indiana Motor Truck Association||$1,000|
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- Indiana House of Representatives - Phillip Pflum
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Phil Pflum on Facebook
- IndyStar.com, Indiana Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown over anti-union legislation, 22 Feb. 2011
- Fox 59, Fines begin for absent House Democrats, 7 March 2011
- The Wall Street Journal, Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana, 3 March 2011
- IndyStar.com, Dems' walkout drags on, among nation's longest, 23 March 2011
- WFIE.com, Indiana Republicans say they're done negotiating, 17 March 2011
- Reuters, "Indiana becomes 23rd "right-to-work" state," February 1, 2012
- Indiana Secretary of State, "List of May 8, 2012, primary candidates," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, “Election Results – Indiana General Election, November 6, 2012,” accessed January 24, 2013
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official General Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official Primary Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2008 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2006 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana House 2010 Donors
- Pflum Campaign Donors
- 2006 Campaign Donors
|Indiana House of Representatives District 56
| Succeeded by|
Richard Hamm (R)
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