|Indiana House of Representatives|
|1998 - 2012|
|Base salary||$22,660.46 per year|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Bachelor's||Mississippi College (1977)|
|Other||Ivy Tech State College (1995)|
|Birthday||October 13, 1955|
|Place of birth||Fulton, Mississippi|
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.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Welch served on these committees:
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Welch served on these committees:
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. 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.
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.
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 60, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Peggy Welch Incumbent||45.8%||12,886|
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. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
In the May 4th primary, Welch ran unopposed and received 2,184 votes.
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 60 General Election (2010)|
|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.
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 60 (2008)|
|Peggy Welch (D)||22,841|
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 60 (2006)|
|Peggy Welch (D)||15,553|
In 2010, Welch collected $99,628 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:
|Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Peggy Welch's campaign in 2010|
|Indiana Trial Lawyers Association||$3,500|
|Carpenters Local 1664||$3,000|
|Welch, Peggy & David||$2,626|
|Total Raised in 2010||$99,628|
In 2008, Welch collected $62,543 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.
|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|
|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|
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, 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.
- Peggy Welch's personal website
- Indiana House of Representatives - Peggy Welch
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Peggy Welch on Facebook
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Welch
- 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, "List of May 8, 2012, primary candidates," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, “Election Results – Indiana General Election, November 6, 2012,” accessed January 24, 2013
- 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 Secretary of State, "2006 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana House 2010 Donors
- Welch Campaign Donors
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction," accessed May 15, 2014
- Stateline, "State legislators want revenue on table in debt talks," September 22, 2011
|Indiana House of Representatives District 60
| Succeeded by|
Peggy Mayfield (R)
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