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Catherine Ping

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Catherine "Cat" Ping
Former candidate for
U.S. House, Indiana, District 7
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorthwood University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserve
Campaign website
Catherine "Cat" Ping was a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of Indiana.[1] She was defeated by incumbent Andre Carson (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2] Ping won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014.[3]

She was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of Indiana. She lost in the Republican primary.[4]


Ping was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. To financially assist her family, she enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1980. While serving, she worked two jobs and attended school part-time. In 1995, she earned her bachelor's degree in business administration magna cum laude and her associate's degree in business management magna cum laude from Northwood University.[5][6]

Professionally, Ping served for 33 years in the United States Army Reserve achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel and working as a military trainer of the decision making process, mission analysis and senior level tactics. Since 2006, she has owned her own business.[5]


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Ping submitted the following statement to Ballotpedia:[5]

If elected, I would tackle the challenge of our deficit and work diligently to shrink the size of the government, not the programs that are desperately needed by families suffering from high unemployment and the fall out from ObamaCare. Reducing the size of the different agencies that are redundant of each other's scope and mission is critical to this success. It would require restructuring several government organizations and disburse parts of them into the interior of the country and not centralize the entire massive footprint they currently hold in the DC area. By doing this restructuring it will free up tax dollars to pay off the deficit and recirculate tax dollars to programs greatly needed that have been slashed by this current Congress and White House Administration.

I would also work to restructure our IRS tax codes. Abolish the death/inheritance tax, reduce the tax burden on businesses, especially small businesses. I'm looking into a fair user tax system.

I would also seek to repeal ObamaCare and introduce a new health care system. A system based on the free market enterprise system whereby companies would have to compete for the consumers' business. I would also protect people with pre-existing conditions, and ensure that premiums were not based on a person's credit score.

I would look at alternative energy and fuel efficiencies to help strengthen our economy...not cripple it. I don't agree with fracking, but I do like hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles and modes of transportation. We need to pass the XL pipeline and get people to work and renew our oil refinery production. EPA and oil companies need to work together to building new or retrofitting old refineries to increase gasoline production.

And I would look to work with other like minded law makers in seeking improvements to bolster our economy, reduce our tax burdens, and provide for the common welfare of our great nation.[7]



See also: Indiana's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Ping ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 7th District.[1] Ping won the nomination in the Republican primary election on May 6, 2014.[3] Catherine Ping lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Indiana District 7 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndre Carson Incumbent 54.7% 61,443
     Republican Catherine Ping 41.8% 46,887
     Libertarian Chris Mayo 3.5% 3,931
Total Votes 112,261
Source: Indiana Secretary of State Official Results
U.S. House, Indiana District 7 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Ping 35.1% 4,882
Wayne Harmon 23.4% 3,258
J.D. Miniear 20.4% 2,840
Gordon Smith 13.5% 1,872
Erin Magee 7.6% 1,057
Total Votes 13,909
Source: Indiana Division of Elections


See also: Indiana's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

Ping ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 7th District. Ping and five other candidates lost to Carlos May in the May 8 Republican primary.[4][8]

U.S. House, Indiana, District 7 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCarlos May 26.8% 10,783
Steve Davis 19.2% 7,727
J.D. Miniear 5.5% 2,227
Tony Duncan 10.1% 4,079
Larry Shouse 3.5% 1,412
Wayne Harmon 10.6% 4,252
Catherine Ping 24.3% 9,771
Total Votes 40,251


Ping previously ran for Indiana's 7th Congressional District in 2008.[9]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Indiana Secretary of State, "Primary Candidate List," accessed February 5, 2014
  2. ‘’Politico’’, “House Election Results,” accessed November 10, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "2014 primary results," accessed May 6, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Indiana Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Election Results," May 8, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Information submitted through Ballotpedia's biographical submission form on April 29, 2014
  6. Cat Ping for Congress, "About," accessed May 4, 2014
  7. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  8. Indiana Secretary of State, "2012 primary results"
  9. [Candidate submitted information via Bio submission form accessed April 27, 2012]