Clyde Kersey

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Clyde Kersey
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 43
Incumbent
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 18
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$24,140.16/year
Per diem$156/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sIndiana State University, 1971
Master'sIndiana State University, 1974
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force and Air National Guard
Years of service1960-1968
Personal
BirthdayNovember 4, 1937
ProfessionTeacher (retired)
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Clyde Kersey (b. November 4, 1937) is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 43. He was first elected to the chamber in 1996.

Biography

Kersey's professional experience includes working as a teacher at North Vigo High School. He served in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard from 1960 to 1968.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources
Statutory Committee on Ethics
Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Legislative walkout

Kersey 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.[1] 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.[1]

On March 7, House minority leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois.[2] 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.[3] 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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[4] Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.[5]

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.[3] 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.[3]

The Legislature ended up passing "right-to-work" legislation on February 1, 2012, becoming the 23rd state to do so. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) immediately signed it into law.[6]


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 Clyde Kersey was unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[7][8]

2012

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kersey won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 43. Kersey ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and defeated John Cunningham (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[9][10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 43, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngClyde Kersey Incumbent 64.8% 13,938
     Republican John Cunningham 35.2% 7,583
Total Votes 21,521


2010

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kersey defeated Republican candidate Alan Morrison by a margin of 7,772 to 7,514 in the November 2 general election.[11]

In the May 4 primary election, Kersey ran unopposed and received 5,436 votes. [12]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 43 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Clyde Kersey (D) 7,772
Alan Morrison (R) 7,514

2008

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Clyde Kersey won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 43 receiving 13,495 votes, ahead of Republican Ryan Cummins who received 10,484 votes.[13]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 43 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Clyde Kersey (D) 13,495
Ryan Cummins (R) 10,484

2006

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Kersey won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 43.[14]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 43 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Clyde Kersey (D) 10,211
Bobbi Ann McPeak (R) 5,808

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kersey is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Kersey raised a total of $286,883 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 9, 2013.[15]

Clyde Kersey's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State House, District 43 Won $25,863
2010 Indiana State House, District 43 Won $10,800
2008 Indiana State House, District 43 Won $19,951
2006 Indiana State House, District 43 Won $23,815
2004 Indiana State House, District 43 Won $19,865
2002 Indiana State House, District 43 Won $9,375
2000 Indiana State House, District 43 Won $15,725
1998 Indiana State House, District 43 Won $26,878
1996 Indiana State House, District 43 Won $134,611
Grand Total Raised $286,883

2012

Kersey won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Kersey raised a total of $25,863.
Indiana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Clyde Kersey's campaign in 2012
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 157$7,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$3,000
Indiana Association of Realtors$1,500
Electrical Workers Local 725$1,000
Sycamore Pac For Education$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$25,863
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Kersey collected $10,800 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[16]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Clyde Kersey's campaign in 2010
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 157$2,000
AT&T$1,000
Indiana State Teachers Association$1,000
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers$1,000
Operating Engineers Local 841$550
Total Raised in 2010 $10,800

2008

In 2008, Kersey collected $19,951 in donations.[17]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Sycamore Pac for Education $2,500
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $2,000
Locomotive Engineers $1,000
AT&T $1,000
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,000

2006

In 2006, Kersey collected $23,815 in donations.[18]

Listed below are the top 5 contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $4,000
Sycamore PAC for Education $2,250
Electrical Workers Local 725 $1,050
Operating Engineers Local 841 $1,000
Laborers Local 204 $1,000

Personal

Kersey is a member of the Harry Truman Club, Indiana State Teacher Association, Leadership Terre Haute Class IX, Vigo County Teacher Association, Vigo County 911 Emergency Committee, Vigo County Industrial Park Committee and the West Central Indiana Economic Development Committee.[19]

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 6 through March 14.[20]

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.[21]

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

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 IndyStar.com, Indiana Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown over anti-union legislation, 22 Feb. 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fox 59, Fines begin for absent House Democrats, 7 March 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Wall Street Journal, Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana, 3 March 2011
  4. IndyStar.com, Dems' walkout drags on, among nation's longest, 23 March 2011
  5. WFIE.com, Indiana Republicans say they're done negotiating, 17 March 2011
  6. Reuters, "Indiana becomes 23rd "right-to-work" state," February 1, 2012
  7. Indiana Secretary of State, "Official primary election candidate list," accessed February 10, 2014
  8. Indiana Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed June 12, 2014
  9. Indiana Secretary of State, "List of May 8, 2012, primary candidates," accessed March 6, 2014
  10. Indiana Secretary of State, “Election Results – Indiana General Election, November 6, 2012,” accessed January 24, 2013
  11. Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official General Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
  12. Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official Primary Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
  13. Indiana Secretary of State, "2008 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
  14. Indiana Secretary of State, "2006 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
  15. followthemoney.org, "Kersey, Clyde," accessed September 9, 2013
  16. Follow the Money, "2010 Campaign donations," accessed March 7, 2014
  17. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign donations," accessed March 7, 2014
  18. Follow the Money, "2006 Campaign donations," accessed March 7, 2014
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Political Summary," accessed March 7, 2014
  20. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  21. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
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Preceded by
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Indiana House of Representatives District 43
1996–present
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