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Phillip Pflum
Phil Pflum.jpg
Indiana House of Representatives
District 56
Former Member
In office
2002 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolAlquina High School (1962)
Military service
Service/branchIndiana National Guard
Years of service1965 – 1971
Office website
Personal website
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Phillip Pflum is a former Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 56 from 2002 to 2012.

Pflum is a farmer. He served in the Indiana National Guard from 1965-1971, and is a retired Manufacturing Manager.

He is a member of Saint Gabriel's Catholic Church.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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

Legislative walkout

Pflum and 36 other Democratic representatives participated in a legislative walkout on Tuesday, 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, 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, the Democrats were 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 marked the start of the fourth consecutive week of Democratic absenteeism, complete with an increased incentive to return. Governor Daniels and House Republicans upped the ante with daily fines increasing from $250/day to $350/day, effective Monday, March 21. 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. 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 wishes granted, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3500 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) immediately signed it into law.[7]



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pflum ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 56. Pflum ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and was defeated by Richard Hamm (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 56, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Hamm 49.3% 11,568
     Democratic Phillip Pflum Incumbent 44.6% 10,470
     Libertarian Mark Brim 6% 1,414
     Republican (write-in) William Eric Atkinson 0% 11
Total Votes 23,463


See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pflum defeated Libertarian candidate Brad Hyatt by a margin of 6,373 to 2,939 to win re-election. [10] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, Pflum ran unopposed and received 1,692 votes. [11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 56 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Phillip Pflum (D) 6,373
Brad Hyatt (L) 2,939

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


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Phillip Pflum won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 56 receiving 14,268 votes, ahead of Libertarian Jon Bell who received 3,807 votes.[12]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 56 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Phillip Pflum (D) 14,268
Jon Bell (L) 3,807


On November 7, 2006, Pflum won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 56.[13]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 56 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Phillip Pflum (D) 7,382
Jaye Gibbs (R) 3,917
Jon Bell (L) 969

Campaign donors


In 2010, Pflum collected $12,694 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[14]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Phillip Pflum's campaign in 2010
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association$3,000
Laborers Local 1047$2,250
Indiana Beverage Alliance$1,000
Indiana Bankers Association$750
Indiana Statewide Association Of Rural Electric Cooperatives$600
Total Raised in 2010 $12,694


In 2008, Pflum collected $10,722 in donations.[15]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $1,500
Indiana Builders Association $1,000
AT&T $1,000


In 2006, Pflum collected $42,215 in donations.[16]

Listed below are the top 5 contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana State Teachers Association $20,000
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $3,000
Luellen LP Gass $1,600
AT&T $1,250
Indiana Motor Truck Association $1,000

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Preceded by
Indiana House of Representatives District 56
Succeeded by
Richard Hamm (R)