Jim Tomes

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Jim Tomes
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Indiana State Senate District 49
In office
Term ends
November 6, 2018
Years in position 5
Assistant Majority Caucus Chair, Indiana State Senate
2014 - present
Base salary$24,140.16/year
Per diem$156/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsNo
High schoolMater Dei High School
AssociateIvy Tech
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army, 101st Airborne
Years of serviceVietnam
ProfessionRetired trucking teamster and union steward
Office website
Campaign website
Jim Tomes (b. July 31, 1948) is a Republican member of the Indiana State Senate, representing District 49. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Following the 2014 elections, Tomes was named as Assistant Majority Caucus Chair.


Tomes' professional experience includes working as a trucker and union steward.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Tomes served on the following committees:

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Technology
Corrections and Criminal Law
Natural Resources


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


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


Law enforcement drones

On January 7, 2013, Tomes introduced SB 0020 to restrict the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). This bill would have banned anyone, including law enforcement officers, from using drones for surveillance purposes without the permission of the surveillance's subjects. The bill also would have banned the use of any evidence collected using a drone without the subject's permission. Intentional violation of the drone ban would have been a Class D felony. The bill would have forbade the use of government funds for purchasing drones beginning on July 1, 2013.[1] SB 0020 was referred to the Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee on January 7. Sen. John Waterman (R) was added as a second author on January 10. The bill was ultimately withdrawn.[2]



See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Indiana State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Incumbent Jim Tomes was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4]


See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2010

Tomes defeated Democratic candidate Patty Avery by a margin of 15,254 to 14,248 in the November 2 general election.[5] Democratic incumbent Bob Deig did not run for re-election.

In the May 4 primary election, Tomes defeated opponent Andrew Wilson by a margin of 3,082 to 2,968.[6]

Indiana State Senate, District 49 General Election 2010
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Tomes (R) 15,254 51.7%
Patty Avery (D) 14,248 48.3%
Indiana State Senate, District 49 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Tomes 3,082 50.9%
Andrew Wilson 2,968 49.1%


See also: Indiana State Senate elections 2004

Tomes lost to Trent Van Haaften in the general election on November 2, 2004.[7] Van Haaften raised $76,120 for his campaign while Tomes raised $18,642.[8]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 76 General Election 2004
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Trent Van Haaften (D) 13,115
Jim Tomes (R) 10,935

Campaign donors


In 2010, Tomes raised $164,466 in contributions.[9]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Senate Majority Campaign Cmte Of Indiana $72,415
Indiana Republican Party $30,065
US Incubator LLC $2,860
Devoy, Greg/Susie $1,630


In 2004, Tomes collected $18,642 in donations for a race he lost in the Indiana House of Representatives.[10]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
House Republican Campaign Committee of Indiana $2,148
Tom/Zelma Holbrook $818
Steve Gerteisen $600


Tomes and his wife, Margie, have three children. He helped found the 2nd Amendment Patriots, a gun rights grassroots organization, in 1999.


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In 2014, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 6 through March 14.[11]

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Legislators are scored on their votes on "pro-jobs, pro-economy issues."
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In 2013, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 7 through April 29.[12]

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Deig
Indiana Senate District 49
Succeeded by