Karen Tallian

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Karen Tallian
Karen Tallian.jpg
Indiana State Senate District 4
In office
Term ends
November 3, 2014
Years in position 9
Base salary$22,616.46/year
Per diem$152/day
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsNo
Associate'sHarrington Institute of Design
Bachelor'sUniversity of Chicago
J.D.Valparaiso University School of Law
BirthdayDecember 2, 1950
Office website
Karen Tallian (b. December 2, 1950) is a Democratic member of the Indiana State Senate, representing District 4. She was first appointed to the chamber in December 2005.

Tallian earned her B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Chicago in 1972 and her J.D. from Valparaiso University in 1990. Her professional experience includes working as an Adjunct Professor for Valparaiso University Law School, attorney for the Portage Township Trustee, the Portage Fire Department, the Porter County Plan Commission, and the Board of Zoning Appeals, attorney for Hilbnich Law, attorney for Bruce Clark and Associates, and attorney/Partner for Eberhard and Gastineau since 1998.

Committee assignments


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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Civil Law
Corrections and Criminal Law
Pensions and Labor


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


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



See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2010

Tallian faced Republican candidate Shawn Olson in the November 2 general election. Tallian defeated Olson by a margin of 18,888 to 15,857. [1]

Tallian ran unopposed in the May 4 Democratic primary. [2]

Indiana State Senate, District 4 (2010) General Election
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Tallian (D) 18,888 54.4%
Shawn Olson (R) 15,857 45.6%


On November 7, 2006, Democrat Karen Tallian won re-election to the Indiana State Senate District 4 receiving 19,431 votes, ahead of Republican Dale Brewer receiving 11,622 votes.[3]

Indiana State Senate, District 4 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Karen Tallian (D) 19,431
Dale Brewer (R) 11,622

Campaign donors


In 2010, Tallian received $78,525 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Indiana State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Karen Tallian's campaign in 2010
Indiana House Democratic Caucus$8,800
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association$2,500
Indiana Bankers Association$2,250
Ironworkers Local 395$2,150
Total Raised in 2010 $78,525


In 2008, a year Tallian was not up for re-election, she collected $23,500 in donations.[5]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
AT&T $2,500
Baker & Daniels $1,300
Insurance Institute of Indiana $1,250


In 2006, Tallian collected $128,289 in donations.[6]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana Democratic Party $60,163
Indiana State Teachers Association $12,000
AT&T $2,500
American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees $2,500
Northwest Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council $2,150
James & Trudi McKamey $2,100
Lake Pace $2,000
Insurance Institute of Indiana $2,000
james McKamey $2,000
Steel Workers $1,500
Dunes Shore Pac $1,500
Ironworkers Local 395 $1,350
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $1,250
Indiana State Bar Association $1,000
US Steel Corp $1,000
Dunes Shores Pac $1,000
Steelworkers Local 6787 $1,000
Calumet Pac $1,000
Electrical Workers Local 481 $1,000


Tallian has three children.

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