|Indiana House of Representatives|
|1970 - 2012|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Bachelor's||Indiana University Northwest|
|Date of birth||August 15, 1942|
|Profession||VP of Government Services, Bank One|
Dobis is Vice President of Government Services for Bank One, and served in the Indiana National Guard.
He is a member of the Gary Sportsmen Club, Indiana University North Chancellors Advisory Board, and Polish National Alliance Silver Bell.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Dobis served on these committees:
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Dobis served on these committees:
- Government and Regulatory Reform
- Financial Institutions
- Interstate and International Cooperation (Vice Chair)
Dobis 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.
In the May 4 primary election, Dobis defeated Richard Hardaway by a margin of 3,112 to 2,312 votes. 
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 13 General Election (2010)|
|Chester Dobis (D)||9,656|
|Craig Menninga (R)||6,179|
On November 4, 2008, Democrat Chester Dobis won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 13 receiving 18,511 votes, ahead of Republican Joseph M. Hero who received 8,637 votes.
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 13 (2008)|
|Chester Dobis (D)||18,511|
|Joseph M. Hero (R)||8,637|
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 13 (2006)|
|Chester Dobis (D)||9,483|
In 2010, Dobis collected $68,675 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:
|Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Chester Dobis's campaign in 2010|
|Build Indiana Council||$4,000|
|Operating Engineers Local 150||$4,000|
|Indiana Bankers Association||$2,500|
|Indiana Association Of Realtors||$2,500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$68,675|
In 2008, Dobis collected $36,800 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.
|Indiana Multi-Family Housing||$2,000|
|Indiana Beverage Alliance||$2,000|
|Indiana Motor Truck Association||$2,000|
|Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives||$1,750|
|Sheet Metal Workers Local 20||$1,000|
|Indiana Builders Association||$1,000|
|Zink Transportation Co.||$1,000|
|Indiana Hospital Association||$1,000|
In 2006, Dobis collected $32,100 in donations.
Listed below are the top 5 contributors to his campaign.
|Operating Engineers Local 150||$5,000|
|Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives||$1,500|
|Indiana Trial Lawyers Association||$1,500|
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- Indiana House of Representatives - Rep. Chester Dobis
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- Campaign contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1996, 1994
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Dobis
- 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
- Official Indiana General Election Results
- Official Indiana Primary Election Results
- Indiana House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- Indiana House of Representatives official election results for 2006
- Indiana House 2010 Donors
- Dobis Campaign Donors
- 2006 Campaign Donors
|Indiana House of Representatives District 13
| Succeeded by|
Sharon Negele (R)
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