Rochelle VanDenburgh

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Rochelle VanDenburgh
Shelli VanDenburgh.jpg
Indiana House of Representatives
District 19
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$24,140.16/year
Per diem$156/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJuly 2007
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
BirthdayOctober 21, 1969
ProfessionChild Support Division, Lake County
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Rochelle "Shelli" VanDenburgh (b. October 21, 1969) is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 19. She was first appointed to the chamber in July 2007.

Biography

VanDenburgh has served as Director, Assistant Supervisor and Clerk in the Child Support Division of the Lake County Clerk's Office.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development
Education
Utilities and Energy

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

VanDenburgh's website has emphasized the following campaign themes:[2]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "We need an additional tax break for small business owners who hire unemployed Hoosiers. Moreover, it is time that Indiana employ a graduated income tax that would keep the middle class and our low-income seniors from carrying the tax load of our wealthiest Hoosiers."

Education

  • Excerpt: "In order for our youngest Hoosiers to be able to compete for tomorrow’s jobs, we must do more. Fully funding our public schools, capping class sizes so students receive proper attention, and implementing essential preschool programs would ensure our kids have the proper learning tools for a successful future."

Social Issues

  • Excerpt: "As a legislator, it is my duty to respect all of my constituents and ensure they all have the same rights under the law. The majority party should be more concerned with the legal rights of individuals rather than focusing on divisive issues that insult a portion of our population."

Legislative walkout

VanDenburgh 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.[3] 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.[3]

On March 7, House minority leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois.[4] 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.[5] 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.[4] 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.[4]

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.[6] Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.[7]

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.[5] 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.[5]

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.[8]


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 Shelli VanDenburgh was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Julie Olthoff defeated Chris N. Retson in the Republican primary. VanDenburgh will face Olthoff in the general election.[9][10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 19 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJulie Olthoff 60.1% 1,314
Chris N. Retson 39.9% 874
Total Votes 2,188

2012

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

VanDenburgh won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 19. VanDenburgh ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and defeated Ron Johnson (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[11][12]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShelli VanDenburgh Incumbent 55.5% 15,380
     Republican Ron Johnson 44.5% 12,353
Total Votes 27,733

2010

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

VanDenburgh defeated Republican candidate Daniel Klein and Libertarian candidate Jeff Duensing with 9,613 votes; Klein received 7,788 votes and Duensing received 678 votes.[13]

In the May 4 primary election, VanDenburgh defeated Dennis Meeks by a margin of 2,961 732 votes.[14]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 19 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rochelle VanDenburgh (D) 9,613
Daniel Klein (R) 7,788
Jeff Duensing (L) 678

VanDenburgh defeated Dennis Meeks by 2,229 votes to win the May 4th primary election.

2008

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Rochelle VanDenburgh won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 19 receiving 15,505 votes, ahead of Republican Bill Johnson who received 12,256 votes.[15]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 19 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rochelle VanDenburgh (D) 15,505
Bill Johnson (R) 12,256

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for VanDenburgh is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, VanDenburgh raised a total of $614,380 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 9, 2013.[16]

Rochelle VanDenburgh's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State House, District 19 Won $162,091
2010 Indiana State House, District 19 Won $351,066
2008 Indiana State House, District 19 Won $101,223
Grand Total Raised $614,380

2012

VanDenburgh won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, VanDenburgh raised a total of $162,091.
Indiana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rochelle VanDenburgh's campaign in 2012
Indiana State Teachers Association$43,000
Indiana Senate Democratic Cmte$26,928
Indiana House Democratic Caucus$26,743
Afscme$4,500
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association$3,500
Total Raised in 2012$162,091
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, VanDenburgh collected $351,066 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[17]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rochelle VanDenburgh's campaign in 2010
Indiana Democratic Party$112,614
Indiana House Democratic Caucus$86,860
Indiana State Teachers Association$50,000
Pace, Lake$10,000
Dunes Shores PAC$7,500
Total Raised in 2010 $351,066

2008

In 2008, VanDenburgh collected $101,223 in donations.[18]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana State Teachers Association $14,000
Indiana Democratic Party $7,455
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $4,000
Committee to Elect Terri Austin $4,000
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades $2,500
Ironworkers Local 395 $2,200
Northwest Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council $2,100
Boilermakers Local 374 $2,100
AFSCME Council 62 $2,000
Calumet Pac $2,000
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 4 of Indiana & Kentucky $1,900
AT&T $1,750
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $1,625
Dunes Shores Pac $1,500
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,500
Electrical Workers Local 697 $1,100
BP North America $1,050
Plumbers Local 210 $1,040
Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor $1,025
Kay Depel $1,000

Scorecards

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2014

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

Legislators are scored on their stances on issues "impacting working people."
Legislators are scored on their votes on "pro-jobs, pro-economy issues."
Legislators are scored on whether they supported or opposed IMA's position on a bill.

2013

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

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

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Political Summary," accessed March 6, 2014
  2. voteforshelli.com, "Issues," accessed August 22, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 IndyStar.com, Indiana Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown over anti-union legislation, 22 Feb. 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Fox 59, Fines begin for absent House Democrats, 7 March 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Wall Street Journal, Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana, 3 March 2011
  6. IndyStar.com, Dems' walkout drags on, among nation's longest, 23 March 2011
  7. WFIE.com, Indiana Republicans say they're done negotiating, 17 March 2011
  8. Reuters, "Indiana becomes 23rd "right-to-work" state," February 1, 2012
  9. Indiana Secretary of State, "Official primary election candidate list," accessed February 10, 2014
  10. Indiana Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed June 12, 2014
  11. Indiana Secretary of State, "List of May 8, 2012, primary candidates," accessed March 6, 2014
  12. Indiana Secretary of State, “Election Results – Indiana General Election, November 6, 2012,” accessed January 24, 2013
  13. Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official General Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
  14. Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official Primary Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
  15. Indiana Secretary of State, "2008 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
  16. followthemoney.org, "VanDenburgh, Rochelle (Shelli)," accessed September 9, 2013
  17. Follow the Money, "2010 Campaign donations," accessed March 6, 2014
  18. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign donations," accessed March 6, 2014
  19. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  20. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
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Indiana House of Representatives District 19
July 2007–present
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