Jim Tomes

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Jim Tomes
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Indiana State Senate District 49
In office
Term ends
November 18, 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$22,616.46/year
Per diem$152/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 2014
Term limitsNo
High schoolMater Dei High School
Associate'sIvy Tech
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army, 101st Airborne
Years of serviceVietnam
ProfessionRetired trucking teamster and union steward
Office website
Campaign website
Jim Tomes (b. July 31, 1948) is a Republican member of the Indiana State Senate, representing District 49. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Tomes' professional experience includes working as a trucker and union steward.

Committee assignments


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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Corrections and Criminal Law


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


Law enforcement drones

On January 7, 2013, Tomes introduced SB 0020 to restrict the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). This bill would ban anyone, including law enforcement officers, from using drones for surveillance purposes without the permission of the surveillance's subjects and would also ban the use of any evidence collected using a drone without the subject's permission. Intentional violation of the drone ban would be a Class D felony. The bill would forbid the use of government funds for purchasing drones beginning on July 1, 2013.[1] SB 0020 was referred to the Rules and Legislative Procedure Committee on January 7, and Senator John Waterman was added as a second author on January 10.[2]



See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2010

Tomes defeated Democratic candidate Patty Avery by a margin of 15,254 to 14,248 in the November 2 general election. [3] Democratic incumbent Bob Deig did not run for re-election.

In the May 4 primary election, Tomes defeated opponent Andrew Wilson by a margin of 3,082 to 2,968. [4]

Indiana State Senate, District 49 General Election 2010
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Tomes (R) 15,254 51.7%
Patty Avery (D) 14,248 48.3%
Indiana State Senate, District 49 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Tomes 3,082 50.9%
Andrew Wilson 2,968 49.1%


Tomes lost to Trent Van Haaften in the general election on November 2, 2004.[5] Van Haaften raised $76,120 for his campaign while Tomes raised $18,642.[6]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 76 General Election 2004
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Trent Van Haaften (D) 13,115
Jim Tomes (R) 10,935

Campaign donors


In 2010, Tomes raised $164,466 in contributions. [7]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Senate Majority Campaign Cmte Of Indiana $72,415
Indiana Republican Party $30,065
US Incubator LLC $2,860
Devoy, Greg/Susie $1,630


In 2004, Tomes collected $18,642 in donations for a race he lost in the Indiana House of Representatives.[8]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
House Republican Campaign Committee of Indiana $2,148
Tom/Zelma Holbrook $818
Steve Gerteisen $600


Tomes and his wife, Margie, have three children. He helped found the 2nd Amendment Patriots, a gun rights grassroots organization, in 1999.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Deig
Indiana Senate District 49
Succeeded by