Michael Young

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Michael Young
R. Michel Young.jpg
Indiana State Senate District 35
In office
Term ends
November 9, 2016
Years in position 14
Base salary$22,616.46/year
Per diem$152/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsNo
Prior offices
Indiana House of Representatives
BirthdayMay 14, 1951
ProfessionAttorney, political consultant
Office website
R. Michael Young (b. May 14, 1951) is a Republican member of the Indiana State Senate, representing District 35. He was first elected to the chamber in 2000. He previously served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1986 to 2000.

Young earned his B.A. from Indiana University at Indianapolis in 1985. His professional experience includes working Management for Holiday Park Realty, as Managing Partner for Phoenix Development, and Political Consultant for R.M. Young.

Committee assignments


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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce, Economic Development and Technology
Corrections and Criminal Law, Chair


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


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



See also: Indiana State Senate elections, 2012

Young won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana State Senate District 35. Young defeated Daniel Kinnamon in the May 8 Republican primary and defeated Mark Waterfill (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [1][2]

Indiana State Senate, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Mark Waterfill 43.3% 17,897
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Young Incumbent 56.7% 23,425
Total Votes 41,322

Indiana State Senate, District 35 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngR. Michael Young Incumbent 63.9% 6,961
Daniel Kinnamon 36.1% 3,929
Total Votes 10,890


Young was endorsed by the National Rifle Association in the State Senate race in 2012.[3]


On November 4, 2008, Republican Michael Young won re-election to the Indiana State Senate District 35 receiving 22,861 votes, ahead of Democrat Michael Cesnik receiving 18,987 votes.[4]

Indiana State Senate, District 35 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Michael Young (R) 22,861
Michael Cesnik (D) 18,987

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, Young collected $41,816 in donations.[5]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Associated Builders & Contractors of Indiana $2,550
Indiana Land Title Association $1,500
Insurance Institute of Indiana $1,500
Richard Deer $1,250
AT&T $1,250
JP Morgan Chase & Co. $1,250
United Transportation Union $1,200
Wayne Township GOP Club $1,000
Vision Concepts $1,000
Monarch Beverage $1,000
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,000
Richard Deer $1,000


Young has three children.

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