Dan Stevenson, Sr.

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Dan Stevenson, Sr.
Dan Stevenson.jpg
Indiana House of Representatives
District 11
Former Member
In office
1994 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
BirthdayAugust 16, 1959
ProfessionSteelworker, Inland Steel
Office website
Dan Stevenson, Sr. (b. August 16, 1959) is a former Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 11 from 1994 to 2012. He previously served as the Assistant Majority Caucus Chair.

Stevenson is a steelworker at Inland Steel.

He is a member of Fairmeadow Community Church of the Nazarene, Hessville Democratic Club, and United Steel Workers of America Local #1010.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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

Legislative walkout

Stevenson 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]



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Stevenson defeated Republican candidate Cy Huerter by a margin of 7,417 to 5,205 in the November 2 general election.[8]

In the May 4 primary election, Stevenson defeated Paul Krizman by a margin of 3,159 to 1,225 votes.[9]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 11 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Stevenson, Sr. (D) 7,417
Cy Huerter (R) 5,205


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Dan Stevenson Sr. won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 11 receiving 14,560 votes, ahead of Republican Cyril B. Huerter who received 6,798 votes.[10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 11 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Stevenson Sr. (D) 14,560
Cyril B. Huerter (R) 6,798


On November 7, 2006, Dan Stevenson, Sr. won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 11 unopposed.[11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 11 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Stevenson, Sr. (D) 8,053

Campaign donors


In 2010, Stevenson collected $38,875 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[12]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dan Stevenson, Sr.'s campaign in 2010
Stevenson, Dan$10,000
Indiana Association Of Realtors$2,000
Indianapolis Power & Light Co$1,250
Nisource Inc$1,250
Total Raised in 2010 $38,875


In 2008, Stevenson collected $28,305 in donations.[13]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Nisource $2,500
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives $1,500
AT&T $1,500
Duke Energy $1,500
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,000
US Steel Corp $1,000
United Steel Paper & Forestry Rubber Manufacturing Energy Allied Industrial & Service Workers International $1,000
Indianapolis Power & Light Co $1,000
Indiana Builders Association $1,000


In 2006, Stevenson collected $30,249 in donations.[14]

Listed below are the top 5 contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
AT&T $2,000
Steelworkers Local 1010 $1,050
Indiana Motor Truck Association $1,000
US Steel Corp. $1,000
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives $1,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Indiana House of Representatives District 11
Succeeded by
Rick Niemeyer (R)