Jim Arnold

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Jim Arnold
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Indiana State Senate District 8
In office
Term ends
November 9, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$24,140.16/year
Per diem$156/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedMarch 2007
Term limitsNo
Bachelor'sValparaiso University
OtherParalegal Certificate, Indiana University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Service branchUnited States Army Reserves
Place of birthMichigan City, Indiana
Office website
Jim Arnold is a Democratic member of the Indiana State Senate, representing District 8 and serving as State Senate Assistant Minority Caucus Leader. He was first appointed to the chamber in March 2007.


Arnold earned his B.A. in Political Science/History from Valparaiso University and his Paralegal Certificate from Indiana University. His professional experience includes working as an Air Traffic Controller for the United States Air Force, Chief Investigator/Paralegal for the LaPorte County Prosecuting Attorneys Office and Sheriff of LaPorte County. He served in the United States Army Reserves.

Committee assignments


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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Civil Law
Homeland Security, Transportation and Veterans Affairs
Pensions and Labor
Public Policy
Rules and Legislative Procedure


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


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



See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2012

Arnold won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana State Senate District 8. Arnold defeated Maxine Spenner in the May 8 Democratic primary[1] and defeated Eric Harris (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Indiana State Senate, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Arnold Incumbent 58.3% 30,777
     Republican Eric Harris 41.7% 22,029
Total Votes 52,806
Indiana State Senate, District 8 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Arnold Incumbent 69.9% 4,922
Maxine Spenner 30.1% 2,117
Total Votes 7,039


See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Jim Arnold won the election to the Indiana State Senate District 8 receiving 35,833 votes, ahead of Republican Allen Stevens Jr. receiving 6,757 votes, and Libertarian Gregory Kelver receiving 2,187 votes.[4]

Indiana State Senate, District 8 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Arnold (D) 35,833
Allen Stevens (R) 13,840
Gregory Kelver (L) 2,187

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Arnold is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Arnold raised a total of $135,327 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 6, 2013.[5]

Jim Arnold's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State Senate, District 8 Won $55,975
2010 Indiana State Senate, District 8 Not up for election $9,100
2008 Indiana State Senate, District 8 Won $70,252
Grand Total Raised $135,327


Arnold won re-election to the Indiana State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Arnold raised a total of $55,975.
Indiana State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Arnold's campaign in 2012
Vision Concepts$3,500
Indiana Motor Truck Association$2,500
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives$2,000
Build Indiana Council$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$55,975
Source:Follow the Money


In 2008, Arnold collected $70,252 in donations.[6]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Lindel O. Hume $3,000
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $2,000
AFSCME Council 62 $2,000
AT&T $1,500
Indiana State Medical Association $1,500
Dunes Shores Pac $1,500
Richard Stalbrink Jr. $1,105
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,000
Road Sprinkler Fitters Local 669 $1,000
Indiana Farm Bureau $1,000
Rick Wajda Indiana Builders Association $1,000
CMTE to elect Time Skinner for State Senate $1,000
Insurance Institute of Indiana $1,000
Robert Magnuson $1,000
Ironworkers Local 395 $1,000


Arnold and his wife, Lauren, have seven 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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Indiana State Senate District 8
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