Dennis Zent

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Dennis Zent
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Indiana House of Representatives District 51
In office
November 7, 2012-Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 2
Base salary$24,140.16/year
Per diem$156/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1969-1971
Service branchU.S. Air Force
Years of service1979-1989
Dennis Zent is a Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 51. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Zent's professional experience includes owning a business. He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971 and the Air Force from 1979 to 1989.

Committee assignments


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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Financial Institutions
Public Health
Veterans Affairs and Public Safety



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 take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Incumbent Dennis J. Zent was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[1][2]


See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Zent won election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 51. Zent defeated Aaron Claudy in the May 8 Republican primary[3] and defeated Lon Keyes (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Zent 66.9% 13,025
     Democratic Lon Keyes 33.1% 6,449
Total Votes 19,474
Indiana House of Representatives, District 51 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDennis Zent 78.4% 5,370
Aaron Claudy 21.6% 1,482
Total Votes 6,852

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Zent is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Zent raised a total of $136,667 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 10, 2013.[6]

Dennis Zent's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State House, District 51 Won $136,667
Grand Total Raised $136,667


Zent won election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Zent raised a total of $136,667.
Indiana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dennis Zent's campaign in 2012
Indiana Dental Association$26,000
California Dental Association$5,000
Indiana Optometric Association$3,000
Todd Rokita Election Cmte$2,000
Northwest Indiana Dental Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$136,667
Source:Follow the Money


Zent is married and has two children.


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In 2014, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 6 through March 14.[7]


In 2013, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 7 through April 29.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Dodge (R)
Indiana House of Representatives District 51
Succeeded by