|Indiana House of Representatives|
|2008 - Present|
|November 5, 2014|
|Years in position||7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 4, 2008|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Master's||Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis|
Pryor earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Indiana University-Bloomington and her M.S. in Public Affairs from Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Pryor served on the following committees:
|Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Local Government|
|• Roads and Transportation|
|• Ways and Means|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pryor served on these committees:
|Indiana Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Local Government|
|• Ways and Means|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pryor served on these committees:
|Indiana Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Judiciary, Vice-chair|
|• Local Government|
|• Ways and Means|
Pryor 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.
Pryor 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.
Pryor won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 94. Pryor ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and defeated Ronald Haldeman (Socialist) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 94, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Cherrish Pryor Incumbent||96.6%||21,663|
Pryor defeated Republican candidate Clint Fultz and Libertarian candidate Mike Smythe with 9,983 votes to win re-election. Fultz received 2,925 votes and Smythe received 350 votes.  The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
In the May 4th primary, Pryor ran unopposed and received 2,813 votes. 
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 94 General Election (2010)|
|Cherrish Pryor (D)||9,983|
|Clint Fultz (R)||2,925|
|Mike Smythe (L)||350|
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 94 (2008)|
|Cherrish Pryor (D)||19,178|
|Chad Miller (R)||5,571|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Pryor collected $28,418 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:
|Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Cherrish Pryor's campaign in 2010|
|Planned Parenthood Of Indiana||$7,500|
|Pryor, Cherrish S||$1,740|
|Indiana Beverage Alliance||$1,000|
|Indiana Trial Lawyers Association||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$28,418|
In 2008, Pryor collected $9,194 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.
|Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce||$750|
|Indiana Beverage Alliance||$500|
|Indianapolis Marion County City County Council Democrats Committee||$500|
|Indiana State Medical Association||$500|
|Baker & Daniels||$450|
Pryor is a member of the Progressive Baptist Church Board of Directors.
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- Indiana House of Representatives - Cherrish Pryor
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008
- 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
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction," accessed September 26, 2011
- Stateline, "State legislators want revenue on table in debt talks," September 22, 2011
- Indiana Secretary of State, List of May 8, 2012 primary candidates
- Indiana Secretary of State, “Election Results – Indiana General Election, November 6, 2012,” accessed January 24, 2013
- Official Indiana General Election Results
- Official Indiana Primary Election Results
- Indiana House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- Indiana House 2010 Donors
- Pryor Campaign Donors
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Pryor
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