Matt Pierce

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Matt Pierce
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 61
Incumbent
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 12
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$24,140.16/year
Per diem$156/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Bloomington City Council
1995 – 2000
Education
Bachelor'sIndiana University (1984)
J.D.Indiana University School of Law (1987)
Personal
Place of birthNewton County, Indiana
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Matt Pierce is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 61. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. He previously served on the Bloomington City Council from 1995 to 2002.

Biography

Pierce's professional experience includes working as a visiting lecturer with the Indiana University Department of Telecommunications, Chief of Staff to Congressman Baron Hill, Principal Clerk of the Indiana State House and on the staff of the Indiana State House.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Courts and Criminal Code
Environmental Affairs
Rules and Legislative Procedures
Utilities and Energy

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Legislative walkout

Pierce 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.[2] 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.[2]

On March 7, House minority leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois.[3] 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.[4] 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.[3] 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.[3]

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.[5] Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.[6]

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.[4] 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.[4]

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.[7]


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 Matt Pierce was unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[8][9]

2012

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pierce won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 61. Pierce ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[10][11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 61, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Pierce Incumbent 100% 17,329
Total Votes 17,329


2010

See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pierce won re-election to the 61st District seat by defeating Republican candidate Kevin Suddeth by a margin of 9,676 to 4,015.[12] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, Pierce ran unopposed and received 1,573 votes.[13]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 61 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Matt Pierce (D) 9,676
Kevin Suddeth (R) 4,015

Pierce ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 4th.

2008

See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Matt Pierce won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 61 receiving 21,778 votes.[14]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 61 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Matt Pierce (D) 21,778

2006

See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Matt Pierce won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 61.[15]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 61 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Matt Pierce (D) 9,581
Adrianne N. Dunlap (R) 3,224

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pierce is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Pierce raised a total of $101,403 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 10, 2013.[16]

Matt Pierce's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State House, District 61 Won $16,323
2010 Indiana State House, District 61 Won $16,268
2008 Indiana State House, District 61 Won $17,090
2006 Indiana State House, District 61 Won $14,224
2004 Indiana State House, District 61 Won $22,038
2002 Indiana State House, District 61 Won $15,460
Grand Total Raised $101,403

2012

Pierce won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Pierce raised a total of $16,323.
Indiana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Matt Pierce's campaign in 2012
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association$2,000
Indiana Beverage Alliance$1,000
Vision Concepts$1,000
Comcast$1,000
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives$600
Total Raised in 2012$16,323
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Pierce collected $16,268 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[17]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Matt Pierce's campaign in 2010
Comcast$1,750
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association$1,500
Indiana Beverage Alliance$1,000
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association$750
Indiana Statewide Association Of Rural Electric Cooperatives$600
Total Raised in 2010 $16,268

2008

In 2008, Pierce collected $17,090 in donations.[18]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Planned Parenthood of Indiana $5,600
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $1,500
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,000

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2014

In 2014, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 6 through March 14.[19]

2013

In 2013, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 7 through April 29.[20]

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Political Summary," accessed March 7, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 IndyStar.com, Indiana Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown over anti-union legislation, 22 Feb. 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fox 59, Fines begin for absent House Democrats, 7 March 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Wall Street Journal, Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana, 3 March 2011
  5. IndyStar.com, Dems' walkout drags on, among nation's longest, 23 March 2011
  6. WFIE.com, Indiana Republicans say they're done negotiating, 17 March 2011
  7. Reuters, "Indiana becomes 23rd "right-to-work" state," February 1, 2012
  8. Indiana Secretary of State, "Official primary election candidate list," accessed February 10, 2014
  9. Indiana Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed June 12, 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, "Pierce, Matt," accessed September 10, 2013
  17. Follow the Money, "2010 Campaign donations," accessed March 7, 2014
  18. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign donations," accessed March 7, 2014
  19. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  20. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
Political offices
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Indiana House of Representatives District 61
2002–present
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