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B. Patrick Bauer
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 6
In office
1970 - present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 44
Minority Leader, Indiana House of Representatives
2002 – 2012
Base salary$22,660.46/year
Per diem$152/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1970
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionDean of External Affairs, Ivy Tech State College
Office website
B. Patrick Bauer (b. May 25, 1944) is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 1970.

Bauer's professional experience includes working as Dean of External Affairs at Ivy Tech State College and Assistant to the Superintendent for Special Programs with the South Bend Community School Corporation.

Committee assignments


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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Rural Development
Environmental Affairs
Public Health


Legislative walkout

Bauer 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.[1] 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.[1]

On March 7, House minority leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois.[2] 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.[3] 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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[4] Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.[5]

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.[3] 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.[3]

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.[6]



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Bauer won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 6. Bauer ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngB. Patrick Bauer Incumbent 100% 17,440
Total Votes 17,440


See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bauer defeated Republican candidate Duane Beals by a margin of 7,606 to 5,545 in the November 2 general election. [9]

In the May 4 primary election, Bauer ran unopposed. He received 2,109 votes. [10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 6 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png B. Patrick Bauer (D) 7,606
Duane Beals (R) 5,545


On November 4, 2008, Democrat B. Patrick Bauer won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 6 receiving 14,015 votes, ahead of Republican Kevin Mitschelen who received 6,349 votes.[11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 6 (2008)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png B. Patrick Bauer (D) 14,015
Kevin Mitschelen (R) 6,349


On November 7, 2006, B. Patrick Bauer won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 6.[12]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 6 (2006)
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png B. Patrick Bauer (D) 9,318
Kevin Mitschelen (R) 4,350

Campaign donors


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In 2010, Bauer collected $861,999 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[13]


In 2008, Bauer collected $1,090,709 in donations.[14]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $34,250
Calumet Pac $25,000
Jonathan Weinzapfel for Mayor Committee $25,000
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $24,500
Indiana Motor Truck Association $22,500
GiaQuinta for State Representative $22,250
Indiana Hospital Association $20,300
Indiana State Teachers Association $20,000
Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 $19,000
Indiana-Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters $15,000
Indiana Association of Realtors $15,000
Indiana Multi-Family Housing $15,000
JFT Realty LLC $14,000
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives $12,500
Niezgodski for State Representative District 7 $11,900
Sommer Barnard PC $11,500
Vision Concepts $11,000
Michael G. Browning $10,000
All America Pac $10,000
UPS $10,000


In 2006, Bauer collected $634,829 in donations.[15]

Listed below are the top 5 contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $ 23,500
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $16,500
Indiana Motor Truck Association $15,750
Indiana Hospital Association $14,250
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives $12,500


Bauer is a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Indiana State Teachers Association, Indiana University - South Bend Advisory Board, and the Urban Enterprise Association of South Bend, Incorporated Advisory Board.[16]

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