Peggy Welch

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Peggy Welch
Peggy Welch.jpg
Indiana House of Representatives
District 60
Former Member
In office
1998 - 2012
Base salary$22,660.46 per year
Per diem$138/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMississippi College (1977)
OtherIvy Tech State College (1995)
Date of birthOctober 13, 1955
Place of birthFulton, Mississippi
ProfessionRegistered Nurse
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Peggy Welch (b. October 13, 1955) is a former Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 60 from 1998 to 2012.

Welch is a Registered Nurse, Oncology, Bloomington Hospital, Coronary Care Unit and Cancer Care Units. She previously worked as a Graduate Secretary at Indiana University, Certified Childbirth Educator with Lamaze of Bloomington Inc, Substitute Teacher with Monroe County Community School Corporation, and Director/Probation Officer of the Monroe County Community Corrections Program.

She is a member of many organizations, including the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce, Bloomington Hospital Product Utilization Review Committee, Brown County Chamber of Commerce, Children's Organ Transplant Organization Board of Directors, Ellettsville Chamber of Commerce, Fraternal Order of Police, Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, Indiana State Nurses Association, and the Indiana University School of Nursing Advisory Board.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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

Legislative walkout

Welch 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.[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, 2011, 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, 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.[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, 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.[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, 2011. 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 demands met, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3,500 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) signed the measure into law.[7]



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Welch lost re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 60. Welch ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and was defeated by Peggy Mayfield (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 60, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeggy Mayfield 54.2% 15,254
     Democratic Peggy Welch Incumbent 45.8% 12,886
Total Votes 28,140


See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Welch defeated Democratic candidate Steven R. Hogan and Libertarian Dave Murdoch with 12,953 votes. Hogan received 8,428 votes and Murdoch received 635 votes.[10] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, Welch ran unopposed and received 2,184 votes.[11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 60 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peggy Welch (D) 12,953
Steven R. Hogan (R) 8,428
Dave Murdoch (L) 635

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


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Peggy Welch won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 60 receiving 22,841 votes.[12]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 60 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peggy Welch (D) 22,841


On November 7, 2006, Peggy Welch won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 60 unopposed.[13]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 60 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peggy Welch (D) 15,553

Campaign donors


In 2010, Welch collected $99,628 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[14]


In 2008, Welch collected $62,543 in donations.[15]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Build Indiana Council $2,250
Indiana Hospital Association $2,000
Indiana Optometric Association $2,000
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives $1,700
Indiana Multi-Family Housing $1,300
Indiana Pharmacists Alliance $1,150
Krieg Devault LLP $1,100
AT&T $1,000
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $1,000
Indiana Dental Association $1,000
Indiana Association of Realtors $1,000
Community Pharmacies of Realtors $1,000
Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists $1,000
Indiana Builders Association $1,000
Nursing Home Real Estate Group $1,000
Insurance Institute of Indiana $1,000


Political positions

Debt negotiations

Welch is one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states,[16] the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.

TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner has proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.[17]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Indiana House of Representatives District 60
Succeeded by
Peggy Mayfield (R)