David Cheatham

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David Cheatham
Dave Cheatham.jpg
Indiana House of Representatives
District 69
Former Member
In office
1984-1992, 2006 - Present
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthMadison, Indiana
ProfessionHigh School Teacher
Office website
David Cheatham is a former Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 69 from 1984 to 1992 and from 2006 to 2012. He served as the Assistant Majority Whip.

Cheatham has worked as a High School Teacher since 1976.

He is a member of the First Baptist Church, Indiana Department of Education's State Advisory Council, and Indiana Water Resources Board.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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

Legislative walkout

Cheatham 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.[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, 2011, 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, 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.[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, 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.[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, 2011. 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 demands met, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3,500 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) signed the measure into law.[7]



See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cheatham defeated Republican candidate Ricky Warren by a margin of 11,633 to 7,330 to win re-election.[8] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, Cheatham ran unopposed and received 3,792 votes.[9]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 69 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Cheatham (D) 11,633
Ricky Warren (R) 7,330

Cheatham ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 4th.


On November 4, 2008, Democrat David Cheatham won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 69 receiving 17,645 votes, ahead of Republican Floyd Coates who received 7,411 votes.[10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 69 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Cheatham (D) 17,645
Floyd Coates (R) 7,411


On November 7, 2006, David Cheatham won election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 69.[11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 69 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Cheatham (D) 10,861
Billy Bright (R) 9,244

Campaign donors


In 2010, Cheatham collected $30,779 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[12]


In 2008, Cheatham collected $53,118 in donations.[13]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana State Teachers Association $2,000
SE Pac $2,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $2,000
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $2,000
Sommer Barnard PC $1,500
Indiana Hospital Association $1,500
Indiana Amusement & Music Operators Association $1,300
AT&T $1,250
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 502 $1,250
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,250
Indiana Association of Realtors $1,000
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives $1,000
Scott, Jefferson, Clark Pac $1,000
Comcast $1,000

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Political offices
Preceded by
Indiana House of Representatives District 69
Succeeded by
Jim Lucas (R)