David Niezgodski

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David Niezgodski
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 7
Incumbent
In office
2006 - present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 8
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$24,140.16/year
Per diem$156/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionNiezgodski Plumbing, Inc
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
David Niezgodski is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 7. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Niezgodski's professional experience includes owning Niezgodski Plumbing, Incorporated.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Rural Development
Employment, Labor and Pensions
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Legislative walkout

Niezgodski 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 David L. Niezgodski was unopposed in the Democratic primary and will face Mark Vogel (L), who filed to run on July 2, 2014, in the general election.[7][8][9]

2012

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Niezgodski won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 7. Niezgodski ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and defeated Mark Peter Telloyan (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[10][11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid L. Niezgodski Incumbent 57.5% 14,932
     Republican Mark Peter Telloyan 42.5% 11,054
Total Votes 25,986

2010

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Niezgodski defeated Republican candidate Gregory Dudeck by a margin of 8,929 to 7,785 in the November 2 general election.[12]

In the May 4 primary election, Niezgodski ran unopposed and received 2,792 votes.[13]


Indiana House of Representatives, District 7 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Niezgodski (D) 8,929
Gregory Dudeck (R) 7,785

2008

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat David Niezgodski won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 7 receiving 14,588 votes, ahead of Republican Dan Herbster who received 10,026 votes.[14]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 7 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Niezgodski (D) 14,588
Dan Herbster (R) 10,026

2006

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, David Niezgodski won election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 7.[15]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 7 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David L. Niezgodski (D) 12,285

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Niezgodski is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Niezgodski raised a total of $439,234 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 9, 2013.[16]

David Niezgodski's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State House, District 7 Won $129,781
2010 Indiana State House, District 7 Won $191,156
2008 Indiana State House, District 7 Won $94,275
2006 Indiana State House, District 7 Won $24,022
Grand Total Raised $439,234

2012

Niezgodski won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Niezgodski raised a total of $129,781.
Indiana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Niezgodski's campaign in 2012
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 172$10,300
Indiana State Pipe Trades Association$4,650
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing And Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States And Canada$4,000
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 502$4,000
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association$4,000
Total Raised in 2012$129,781
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Niezgodski collected $191,156 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[17]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Niezgodski's campaign in 2010
United Association Of Journeymen & Apprentices Of The Plumbing & Pipe Fitting Industry$35,000
Plumbers & Steamfitters$25,000
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 172$18,750
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers$15,100
Indiana Regional Council Of Carpenters$8,900
Total Raised in 2010 $191,156

2008

In 2008, Niezgodski collected $94,275 in donations.[18]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 172 $11,500
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $8,000
Indiana-Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters $6,500
Indiana State Teachers Association $3,000
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 502 $3,000
Auto Workers Region 3 $2,000
AT&T $2,000
AFSCME $2,000
Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 $1,850
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $1,500
Krieg Devault LLP $1,500
St. Joseph Calley Building & Construction Trades Council $1,500
Professional Fire Fighters Union of Indiana $1,350
Indiana Motor Truck Association $1,250
Boilermakers Local 374 $1,250
Indiana Hospital Association $1,100
Indiana Association of Realtors $1,000
Electrical Workers Local 481 $1,000
Ironworkers Local 439 $1,000
UPS $1,000

2006

In 2006, Niezgodski collected $24,022 in donations.[19]

Listed below are the top 5 contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 172 $5,500
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $2,000
St. Joe Valley PHCC PAC Fund $1,000
PHCC-PAC $1,000
AT&T $1,000

Personal

Niezgodski is a Board Member and Trustee with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 172 and a member of Saint John the Baptist Church. He served as Chair for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District from 2001-2006.[20] He is married to his wife, Sheila, and they have two children.[21]

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2014

In 2014, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 6 through March 14.[22]

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.[23]

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, "Official general election candidate list," accessed August 11, 2014
  10. Indiana Secretary of State, "List of May 8, 2012, primary candidates," accessed March 6, 2014
  11. Indiana Secretary of State, “Election Results – Indiana General Election, November 6, 2012,” accessed January 24, 2013
  12. Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official General Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
  13. Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official Primary Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
  14. Indiana Secretary of State, "2008 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
  15. Indiana Secretary of State, "2006 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
  16. followthemoney.org, "Niezgodski, David L," accessed September 9, 2013
  17. Follow the Money, "2010 Campaign donations," accessed March 6, 2014
  18. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign donations," accessed March 6, 2014
  19. Follow the Money, "2006 Campaign donations," accessed March 6, 2014
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Political Summary," accessed March 6, 2014
  21. davidniezgodski.com, "Biography," accessed August 22, 2014
  22. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  23. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
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Indiana House of Representatives District 7
2006–present
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