Ryan Dvorak

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Ryan Dvorak
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 8
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 electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sPhilosophy, University of Notre Dame, 1996
J.D.Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, 2008
Personal
ProfessionCommunications Consultant
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Ryan Dvorak is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Dvorak's professional experience includes working as a communications consultant, Senior Aide to Congressman Tim Roemer and substitute teacher.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Courts and Criminal Code
Environmental Affairs
Judiciary
Natural Resources

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Legislative walkout

Dvorak 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 Ryan M. Dvorak was unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[8][9]

2012

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Dvorak won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 8. Dvorak ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and defeated Richard Pfeil (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[10][11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 8, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRyan M. Dvorak Incumbent 54.8% 14,550
     Republican Richard Pfeil 45.2% 12,015
Total Votes 26,565

2010

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Dvorak defeated Republican candidate Richard Pfeil by a margin of 11,768 to 9,639 in the November 2 general election.[12]

In the May 4 primary election, Dvorak ran unopposed and received 3,253 votes.[13]


Indiana House of Representatives, District 8 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ryan Dvorak (D) 11,768
Richard Pfeil (R) 9,639

2008

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Ryan Dvorak won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 8 receiving 19,235 votes, ahead of Republican Dale R. Devon who received 10,234 votes.[14]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 8 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ryan Dvorak (D) 19,235
Dale R. Devon (R) 10,234

2006

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Ryan Dvorak won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 8 unopposed.[15]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 8 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ryan Dvorak (D) 15,257

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dvorak is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Dvorak raised a total of $343,850 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 9, 2013.[16]

Ryan Dvorak's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State House, District 8 Won $115,104
2010 Indiana State House, District 8 Won $45,185
2008 Indiana State House, District 8 Won $42,998
2006 Indiana State House, District 8 Won $18,810
2004 Indiana State House, District 8 Won $20,673
2002 Indiana State House, District 8 Won $101,080
Grand Total Raised $343,850

2012

Dvorak won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Dvorak raised a total of $115,104.
Indiana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ryan Dvorak's campaign in 2012
Indiana House Democratic Caucus$78,355
Indiana State Teachers Association$10,000
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association$6,000
Dvorak for Mayor$4,029
Niezgodski for State Representative District 7$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$115,104
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Dvorak collected $45,185 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[17]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ryan Dvorak's campaign in 2010
Indiana State Teachers Association$10,000
Craig Fry For State Representative$9,000
South Bend Pace$4,500
Dave Thomas For County Commissioner$2,700
Niezgodski For State Representative District 7$1,750
Total Raised in 2010 $45,185

2008

In 2008, Dvorak collected $42,998 in donations.[18]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana Democratic Party $13,724
Inovateus Solar LLC $2,000
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $1,500
Indiana State Teachers Association $1,500
Colleen F. McNenny $1,250
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 172 $1,000
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,000
US Steel Corp $1,000
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives $1,000
Richmond Master Distributors Inc. $1,000

2006

In 2006, Dvorak collected $18,810 in donations.[19]

Listed below are the top 5 contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $1,000
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association $750
Comcast $700
American Electric Power $600
Indiana Optometric Association $600

Personal

Dvorak is married to his wife, Angie, and they have two children.<refProject Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed August 22, 2014</ref>

Scorecards

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2014

In 2014, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 6 through March 14.[20]

2013

In 2013, the Indiana General Assembly was in session from January 7 through April 29.[21]

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Political Summary," accessed March 6, 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, "Dvorak, Ryan Michael," 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. Follow the Money, "2006 Campaign donations," accessed March 6, 2014
  20. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  21. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
Political offices
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Indiana House of Representatives District 8
2002–present
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