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Cherrish Pryor
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 94
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 7
Base salary$22,660.46/year
Per diem$152/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sIndiana University-Bloomington
Master'sIndiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis
Office website
Cherrish Pryor is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 94. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

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.

Committee assignments


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:


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


Legislative walkout

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.[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, 2011, 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, 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.[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, 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.[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, 2011. 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 demands met, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3,500 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) signed the measure into law.[6]

Debt negotiations

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,[7] 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.[8]



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[9][10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 94, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCherrish Pryor Incumbent 96.6% 21,663
     Socialist Ronald Haldeman 3.4% 752
Total Votes 22,415


See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

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. [11] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, Pryor ran unopposed and received 2,813 votes. [12]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 94 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Cherrish Pryor (D) 9,983
Clint Fultz (R) 2,925
Mike Smythe (L) 350


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Cherrish Pryor won election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 94 receiving 19,178 votes, ahead of Republican Chad Miller who received 5,571 votes.[13]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 94 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Cherrish Pryor (D) 19,178
Chad Miller (R) 5,571

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Pryor collected $28,418 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[14]

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.[15]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
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.[16]

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Preceded by
Carolene Mays
Indiana House of Representatives District 94
Succeeded by