Vanessa Summers

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Vanessa Summers
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 99
Incumbent
In office
1991 - present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 23
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$24,140.16/year
Per diem$156/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Appointed1991
Term limitsN/A
Education
OtherMid American College of Mortuary Science (1980)
Personal
BirthdayApril 24, 1958
ProfessionSpecial Projects Coordinator, Julian Center
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Vanessa Summers (b. April 24, 1958) is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 99 and serving as Assistant Minority Caucus Chair. She was first appointed to the chamber in 1991.

Biography

Summers' professional experience includes working as a Special Projects Coordinator at Julian Center and Funeral Director/Embalmer with Summers Funeral Home.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Family, Children and Human Affairs
Select Committee on Government Reduction
Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Legislative walkout

See also: Walkout news and list of missing Representatives

Summers was one of three Democratic representatives who did not participate in the legislative walkout on Tuesday, February 22, 2011. Thirty-seven Democratic representatives did participate, showing their opposition to proposed legislation banning collective bargaining in Indiana. The Democratic departure left the House void of a quorum, leaving only 58 of the 67 Representatives needed to establish a quorum.[1] Summers, Terri Austin, and Steven Stemler 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.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Indiana House of Representatives 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. Incumbent Vanessa J. Summers was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3]

2012

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Summers won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 99. Summers ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and defeated David T. Blank (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 99, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVanessa Summers Incumbent 83.3% 19,707
     Republican David T. Blank 16.7% 3,942
Total Votes 23,649

2010

See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Summers defeated Republican candidate David Blank, Libertarian candidate John Meuser and Green candidate Beth Hayes with 9,526 votes. Blank received 3,955 votes, Meuser received 322 votes and Hayes received 214 votes.[6] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, Summers ran unopposed and received 3,167 votes.[7].

Indiana House of Representatives, District 99 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vanessa Summers (D) 9,526
David Blank (R) 3,955
John Meuser (L) 322
Beth Hayes (G) 214

2008

See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Vanessa Summers won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 99 receiving 20,124 votes, ahead of Libertarian John Meuser who received 2,718 votes.[8]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 99 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vanessa Summers (D) 20,124
John Meuser (L) 2,718

2006

See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Summers won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 99 unopposed.[9]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 99 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vanessa Summers (D) 10,269

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Summers is available dating back to 1994. Based on available campaign finance records, Summers raised a total of $118,570 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 10, 2013.[10]

Vanessa Summers's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State House, District 99 Won $15,375
2010 Indiana State House, District 99 Won $24,600
2008 Indiana State House, District 99 Won $9,900
2006 Indiana State House, District 99 Won $7,650
2004 Indiana State House, District 99 Won $5,000
2002 Indiana State House, District 99 Won $14,700
2000 Indiana State House, District 99 Won $17,200
1998 Indiana State House, District 99 Won $15,450
1996 Indiana State House, District 99 Won $4,300
1994 Indiana State House, District 99 Won $4,395
Grand Total Raised $118,570

2012

Summers won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Summers raised a total of $15,375.
Indiana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Vanessa Summers's campaign in 2012
Vision Concepts$2,000
Build Indiana Council$2,000
At&T$1,000
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Indiana$1,000
Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers$800
Total Raised in 2012$15,375
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Summers collected $24,600 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[11]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Vanessa Summers's campaign in 2010
Monarch Beverage$1,500
Austin, Terri J$1,000
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Of Indiana$1,000
Indiana Beverage Alliance$1,000
AT&T$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $24,600

2008

In 2008, Summers collected $9,900 in donations.[12]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
AT&T $1,000
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Indiana $600
Check into Cash of Indiana $550
Indiana Beverage Alliance $500
Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers $500

Personal

Summers is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Mu Omega Chapter, Top Ladies of Distinction and the Indiana Black Legislative Caucus.[13]

Scorecards

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2014

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

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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.[15]

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

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Preceded by
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Indiana House of Representatives District 99
1991–present
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