Dennis Tyler

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Dennis Tyler
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 34
Former Member
In office
2006 - 2011
Date of birth1943
Office website
Dennis Tyler (b. 1943) was a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing the 34th District since 2006. He resigned from his seat in 2011 to serve as the mayor of Muncie.[1]

Tyler works as a Line Captain with the Muncie Fire Department.

He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #231, Knights of Pythias Lodge #37, and United Way of Delaware County.[2]

Committee assignments


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


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

Legislative walkout

Tyler and 36 other Democratic representatives participated in a legislative walkout on 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.[3] 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.[3]

On March 7, 2011, House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois.[4] 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, 2011, each Democrat was 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.[5] 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.[4] 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.[4]

March 22, 2011, marked the start of the fourth consecutive week of Democratic absenteeism, complete with an increased incentive to return. Governor Mitch Daniels and House Republicans upped the ante with daily fines increasing from $250/day to $350/day, effective March 21, 2011. 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.[6] Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.[7]

The Democrats ended the standoff after 36 days, returning on March 28, 2011. The two sides agreed to compromise on a number of issues, including shelving the controversial "right-to-work" bill.[5] Although the Democrats returned with some of their demands met, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3,500 in fines given by Republicans.[5]

The Legislature ended up passing "right-to-work" legislation on February 1, 2012, becoming the 23rd state to do so. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) signed the measure into law.[8]



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Tyler defeated Republican candidate John Tuttle by a margin of 7,543 to 4,545 in the November 2 general election.[9]

In the May 4 primary election, Tyler ran unopposed and received 4,231 votes. [10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 34 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dennis Tyler (D) 7,543
John Tuttle (R) 4,545


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Dennis Tyler won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 34 receiving 14,234 votes, ahead of Republican Theodore Baker who received 6,796 votes.[11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 34 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dennis Tyler (D) 14,234
Theodore Baker (R) 6,796


On November 7, 2006, Tyler won election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 34.[12]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 34 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dennis Tyler (D) 8,526
Adrian Leavell (R) 4,631
Carrie Dillard-Trammell (L) 511

Campaign donors


In 2010, Tyler collected $107,125 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[13]


In 2008, Tyler collected $89,945 in donations.[14]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana Democratic Party $6,921
Muncie Fire Fighters Local 1348 $4,500
Munci Police Officers Pac $3,250
Carpenters Local 1016 $3,000
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 4 of Indiana & Kentucky $2,800
Indiana State Auto Workers $2,600
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 661 $2,200
International Brotherhood of Teamsters $2,100
Electrical Workers Local 855 $2,096
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $2,000
Laborers Local 1112 $1,600
Professional Fire Fighters Union of Indiana $1,600
AT&T $1,600
Teamsters Local 135 $1,500
Greenview Development Inc. $1,500
DLCBA $1,400
Edward Cowgill $1,300
United East Central Indiana Building Trades Fund $1,200
AFSCME Council 62 $1,050
Indiana Association of Realtors $1,000


In 2006, Tyler collected $64,738 in donations.[15]

Listed below are the top five contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Muncie Firefighters Local 1340 $5,790
United East Central Building and Construction Trades Council $2,090
Indiana State Auto Workers $2,000
Teamsters Local 135 $2,000
Muncie Police Officers PAC $2,000

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