Thomas Saunders

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Thomas Saunders
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 54
Incumbent
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 18
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$24,140.16/year
Per diem$156/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolTri High School
Personal
Place of birthIndiana
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Thomas E. (Tom) Saunders is a Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 54 and serving as Assistant Minority Caucus Chair. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

Biography

Saunders' professional experience includes working in sales and public relations.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Local Government
Natural Resources
Roads and Transportation
Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation, Vice-chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Indiana House of Representatives 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 Thomas E. "Tom" Saunders was unopposed in the Republican primary and will face Brad Owens (L), who filed to run on July 2, 2014, in the general election.[1][2][3]

2012

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Saunders won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 54. Saunders ran unopposed in the May 8 Republican primary and defeated Jeremiah Morrell (L) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 54, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Saunders Incumbent 73.1% 15,842
     Libertarian Jeremiah Morrell 26.9% 5,834
Total Votes 21,676


2010

See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Saunders defeated Democratic candidate Bruce Gaylor and Libertarian candidate Rex Bell with 10,492 votes. Gaylor received 4,166 votes and Bell received 3,846 votes.[6] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, Saunders ran unopposed and received 7,364 votes.[7]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 54 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Saunders (R) 10,492
Bruce Gaylor (D) 4,166
Rex Bell (L) 3,846

Saunders ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 4th.

2008

See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Thomas Saunders won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 54 receiving 16,631 votes, ahead of Libertarian Rex Bell who received 8,374 votes.[8]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 54 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Saunders (R) 16,631
Rex Bell (L) 8,374

2006

See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Saunders won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 54.[9]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 54 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Saunders (R) 9,047
David Sadler (D) 7,570
Rex Bell (L) 2,775

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Saunders is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Saunders raised a total of $721,177 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 10, 2013.[10]

Thomas Saunders's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State House, District 54 Won $50,382
2010 Indiana State House, District 54 Won $53,998
2008 Indiana State House, District 54 Won $50,071
2006 Indiana State House, District 54 Won $207,033
2004 Indiana State House, District 54 Won $45,344
2002 Indiana State House, District 54 Won $46,821
2000 Indiana State House, District 54 Won $56,254
1998 Indiana State House, District 54 Won $102,694
1996 Indiana State House, District 54 Won $108,580
Grand Total Raised $721,177

2012

Saunders won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Saunders raised a total of $50,382.
Indiana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Saunders's campaign in 2012
Operating Engineers Local 841$2,500
Indiana State Teachers Association$2,500
Northern Indiana Operators Management Pac$2,500
Geo Group$1,500
Indiana Regional Council of Carpenters$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$50,382
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Saunders collected $53,998 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[11]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Saunders's campaign in 2010
Republican Campaign Com$6,300
Indiana Farm Bureau$3,000
Geo Group$2,500
Mike Pence Cmte$1,500
Service Employees Local 880$1,250
Total Raised in 2010 $53,998

2008

In 2008, Saunders collected $50,071 in donations.[12]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Build Indiana Council $2,000
Geo Group $1,400
Randolph County Republican Party $1,000
Mike Ripley $1,000
Indiana Builders Association $1,000
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives $1,000
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,000
ICTA Pac $1,000

2006

In 2006, Saunders collected $207,033 in donations.[13]

Listed below are the top 5 contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
House Republican Campaign Committee of Indiana $64,480
Indiana Chamber of Commerce $40,300
Indiana Association of Realtors $5,000
Business Furniture LLC $5,000
Friends of David Yount $4,400

Personal

Saunders is a member of the Association of Indiana Counties and Heritage in Progress. Saunders has previously been President of the County Assessor Association and Lewisville Lions Club.[14]

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 6 through March 14.[15]

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.

2013

In 2013, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 7 through April 29.[16]

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

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