Mary Ann Sullivan

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Mary Ann Sullivan
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 97
Former Member
In office
2008 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sIndiana University-Purdue University
Master'sIndiana University-Purdue University
Date of birth1959
Place of birthIndianapolis, Indiana
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Mary Ann Sullivan (b. 1959) is a former Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 97 from 2008 to 2012.

Sullivan has worked for the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Indiana Department of Education, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, and Key Renaissance School.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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

Legislative walkout

Sullivan 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 State Senate elections, 2012

Sullivan ran in the 2012 election for Indiana State Senate District 36. She ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and was defeated by incumbent Brent Waltz (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

Indiana State Senate, District 36, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mary Ann Sullivan 46.8% 19,333
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBrent Waltz Incumbent 53.2% 21,969
Total Votes 41,302


See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sullivan defeated Republican candidate Wesley Robinson by a margin of 5,172 to 3,717 to win re-election.[10] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, Sullivan defeated Kristopher Owens by a margin of 1,305 to 180.[11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 97 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Ann Sullivan (D) 5,172
Wesley Robinson (R) 3,717


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Mary Ann Sullivan won election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 97 receiving 9,430 votes, ahead of Republican Jon Elrod who received 7,552 votes.[12]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 97 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mary Ann Sullivan (D) 9,430
Jon Elrod (R) 7,552

Campaign donors


In 2010, Sullivan collected $68,302 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[13]


In 2008, Sullivan collected $481,890 in donations.[14]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana House Democratic Caucus $169,415
Indiana Democratic Party $139,404
Pat Bauer for State Representative $47,000
Indiana State Teachers Association $35,000
Woodhold Properties $5,000
John & Jennifer Andrews $5,000
Mary Ann Sullivan $5,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $5,000
Michael Dilts $5,000
Jeb Bardon for Indiana $4,000
Russ Stilwell for State Representative $3,000
Christel Dehaan $3,000
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades $2,500
AFSCME Council 62 $2,000
Indiana State Auto Workers $2,000
Ronald Gerwig $2,000
Indiana Chamber of Commerce $2,000
ISTA Marion County $1,000
Indiana-Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters $1,000
W. Trent Van Haaften for State Representative $1,000

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Preceded by
Indiana House of Representatives District 97
Succeeded by
Justin Moed (D)