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Kreg Battles
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 45
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 9
Base salary$22,660.46/year
Per diem$152/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sIndiana State University (1980)
Master'sIndiana State University (1985)
Date of birthSeptember 4, 1958
Place of birthWashington, Indiana
ProfessionChemistry/Math Teacher
Office website
Kreg Battles (b. September 4, 1958) is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 45. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Battles' professional experience includes working as a Chemistry/Math Teacher at Vincennes Community Schools and teacher at North Knox Schools from 1980-1983.

Committee assignments


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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Rural Development
Elections and Apportionment
Utilities and Energy


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


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


Legislative walkout

Battles 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.[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, 2011, 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, 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.[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, 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.[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, 2011. 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 demands met, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3,500 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) signed the measure into law.[6]



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Battles won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 45. Battles ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and defeated incumbent Bruce Borders (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 45, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKreg Battles Incumbent 50.1% 12,540
     Republican Bruce Borders Incumbent 49.9% 12,465
Total Votes 25,005


See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Battles won re-election against Republican candidate Ken Beckerman by a margin of 9,744 to 9,578. [9] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, Battles ran unopposed and received 4,278 votes. [10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 64 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kreg Battles (D) 9,744
Ken Beckerman (R) 9,578

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


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Kreg Battles won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 64 receiving 20,377 votes.[11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 64 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kreg Battles (D) 20,377


On November 7, 2006, Kreg Battles won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 64.[12]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 64 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kreg Battles (D) 11,235
Troy Woodruff (R) 9,142
J.A. Thomas (L) 454

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Battles collected $41,820 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[13]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kreg Battles's campaign in 2010
Indiana Statewide Association Of Rural Electric Cooperatives$2,500
Duke Energy$2,000
Indiana Democratic Party$1,815
Total Raised in 2010 $41,820


In 2008, Battles collected $38,785 in donations.[14]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 136 $2,000
Win Energy REMC $2,000
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives $2,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $2,000
AT&T $1,500
Nisource $1,500
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $1,300
Vectren Corp $1,250
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association $1,250
Indiana-Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters $1,250
Indiana Farm Bureau $1,000
Indiana Builders Association $1,000
Comcast of IN/MI LLC Comcast Cable $1,000
Indiana Coal Council $1,000
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,000


Battles is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Deacon with the First Baptist Church of the Indiana State Teacher's Association, and National Education Association.[15]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bruce Borders (R)
Indiana House of Representatives District 45
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Indiana House of Representatives District 64
Succeeded by
Thomas Washburne (R)