Gail Riecken

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Gail Riecken
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 77
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 6
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
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Gail Riecken is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 77 and serving as State House Assistant Minority Whip. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Riecken's professional experience includes working as a Neighborhood Coordinator for the Community Action Program, Business Relations Specialist with the Indiana Workforce Development, Real Estate Broker/Branch Manager/Corporate Relations, and a Riverboat Captain on the Winnie Mae.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Riecken served on the following committees:

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Family, Children and Human Affairs
Financial Institutions
Local Government
Statutory Committee on Ethics


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


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


Legislative walkout

Riecken 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.[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, 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, 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.[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 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.[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. 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 wishes granted, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3500 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) immediately signed it into law.[6]



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Riecken won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 77. Riecken ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and defeated Alan Leibundguth (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 77, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGail Riecken Incumbent 64.4% 14,037
     Republican Alan Leibundguth 35.6% 7,775
Total Votes 21,812


See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Riecken won re-election to the 77th District seat by defeating Republican candidate Cheryl Musgrave. Riecken won by a margin of 7,547 to 7,379. [9] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, Riecken ran unopposed and received 1,329 votes. [10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 77 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gail Riecken (D) 7,547
Cheryl Musgrave (R) 7,379


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Gail Riecken won election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 77 receiving 19,126 votes.[11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 77 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gail Riecken (D) 19,126

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Riecken is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Riecken raised a total of $257,946 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 10, 2013.[12]

Gail Riecken's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State House, District 77 Won $65,276
2010 Indiana State House, District 77 Won $162,692
2008 Indiana State House, District 77 Won $29,978
Grand Total Raised $257,946


Riecken won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Riecken raised a total of $65,276.
Indiana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gail Riecken's campaign in 2012
Steelworkers Local 104$6,343
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers$2,500
Inland Marina$2,087
Electrical Workers$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$65,276
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, Riecken collected $162,692 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[13]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gail Riecken's campaign in 2010
Indiana Democratic Party$62,824
Indiana House Democratic Caucus$5,863
Evansville Teachers Association$4,500
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers$3,600
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 136$3,500
Total Raised in 2010 $162,692


In 2008, Riecken collected $29,978 in donations.[14]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Committee to Elect Phil Hoy $3,000
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 136 $1,150
AT&T $1,000
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $1,000
Inland Marina Inc. $1,000
Jonathan Weinzapfel for Mayor Committee $1,000


Riecken is Co-founder/Co-Honorary Chair of the Ark Crisis Prevention Nursery, President of Citizens Against Rape in Evansville, Conrad Baker Foundation Director, Coordinator/Chair of Eco Tour, President/Volunteer Manager with the Evansville Dance Theatre Board, and Sunday School teacher/Membership Directory Committee at the First Presbyterian Church.[15]

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