|Indiana House of Representatives|
|2006 - 2012|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Profession||Retired, WKVI Radio|
Dembowski is retired. She worked at WKVI Radio in Knox, Indiana.
She is a member of Chambers of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, President of Starke County Junior Achievement, Secretary of Starke County Youth Club, Chair of Starke United, and member of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Dembowski served on these committees:
- Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development
- Local Government
- Natural Resources
- Roads and Transportation, Ranking Minority Member
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Dembowski served on these committees:
Dembowski 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. 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.
On March 7, 2011, House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois. 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. 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. 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.
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. Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.
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. 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.
Dembowski defeated Republican candidate Francis Ellert and Libertarian candidate Richard Liedtky with 8,891 votes; Ellert received 8,621 votes and Liedtky received 705 votes in the November 2 general election.
In the May 4 primary election, Dembowski ran unopposed and received 2,708 votes.
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 17 General Election (2010)|
|Nancy Dembowski (D)||8,891|
|Francis Ellert (R)||8,621|
|Richard Liedtky (L)||705|
Dembowski was unopposed in the May 4th primary election.
On November 4, 2008, Democrat Nancy Dembowski won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 17 receiving 14,045 votes, ahead of Republican Mark MacKillop who received 10,017 votes.
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 17 (2008)|
|Nancy Dembowski (D)||14,045|
|Mark MacKillop (R)||10,017|
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 17 (2006)|
|Nancy Dembowski (D)||9,780|
|Steve Heim (R)||8,938|
In 2010, Dembowski collected $370,760 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:
|Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Nancy Dembowski's campaign in 2010|
|Indiana House Democratic Caucus||$147,983|
|Indiana Democratic Party||$101,211|
|Indiana State Teachers Association||$50,000|
|Northern Lake PAC||$8,000|
|Indiana Democrats Victory 2010 Cmte||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$370,760|
In 2008, Dembowski collected $183,685 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.
|Indiana Democratic Party||$98,441|
|Indiana State Teachers Association||$19,000|
|Indiana House Democratic Caucus||$10,920|
|American Federation of Teachers||$5,000|
|ISTA Northern Lakes Pac Account||$5,000|
|Northern Lakes Pac||$3,000|
|American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees||$2,500|
|Indiana Trial Lawyers Association||$2,300|
|Russ Stilwell for State Representative||$2,000|
|Blue River Pac||$1,500|
|1 H Northwest Pace||$1,500|
|Dunes Shore Pace||$1,500|
|Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 4||$1,500|
|Indiana-Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters||$1,000|
|Indiana State Conference of Electrical Workers||$1,000|
|Circle Northeast Pac||$1,000|
|Indiana Beverage Alliance||$1,000|
In 2006, Dembowski collected $426,802 in donations.
Listed below are the top 5 contributors to her campaign.
|Indiana House Democratic Caucus||$152,266|
|Indiana State Teachers Association||$100,000|
|Indiana Democratic Party||$81,314|
|American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees||$20,000|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Nancy + Dembowski + Indiana + Legislature
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- Indiana House of Representatives - Rep. Nancy Dembowski
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Watchdog Indiana Candidate Ratings
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004
- Nancy Dembowski on Facebook
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Dembowski
- IndyStar.com, "Indiana Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown over anti-union legislation," February 22, 2011
- Fox 59, "Fines begin for absent House Democrats," March 7, 2011
- The Wall Street Journal, "Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana," March 3, 2011
- IndyStar.com, "Dems' walkout drags on, among nation's longest," March 23, 2011
- WFIE.com, "Indiana Republicans say they're done negotiating," March 17, 2011
- Reuters, "Indiana becomes 23rd "right-to-work" state," February 1, 2012
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official General Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official Primary Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2008 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana House of Representatives official election results for 2006
- Indiana House 2010 Donors
- Dembowski Campaign Donors
- 2006 Campaign Donors
|Indiana House of Representatives District 17
| Succeeded by|
Timothy Harman (R)
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