Scott Pelath

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Scott Pelath
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 9
Incumbent
In office
1998 - present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 16
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$22,660.46/year
Per diem$152/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sPublic Affairs, Indiana University, 1992
Personal
ProfessionHuman Resources Director, Swanson Center
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Scott Pelath is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 9 and serving as State House Assistant Minority Leader. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Biography

Pelath's professional experience includes working as Human Resources Director at Swanson Center, Aide to United States Representative Tim Roemer and Sales Representative with Correlated Products, Incorporated.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Legislative walkout

Pelath 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]


Elections

2014

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Indiana House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 6, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Incumbent Scott D. Pelath was unopposed in the Democratic primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[8][9]

2012

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pelath won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 9. Pelath ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and defeated Dan Granquist (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[10][11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngScott D. Pelath Incumbent 69.5% 17,172
     Republican Dan Granquist 30.5% 7,545
Total Votes 24,717

2010

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pelath defeated Libertarian candidate Andrew Wolf by a margin of 10,995 to 2,716 in the November 2 general election.[12]

In the May 4 primary election, Pelath ran unopposed and received 3,895 votes.[13]


Indiana House of Representatives, District 9 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Scott Pelath (D) 10,995
Andrew Wolf (L) 2,716

2008

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Scott Pelath won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 9 receiving 20,509 votes, ahead of Libertarian K.P. Nfr who received 1,818 votes.[14]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 9 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Scott Pelath (D) 14,495
K.P. Nfr (L) 1,818

2006

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Scott Pelath won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 9 unopposed.[15]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 9 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Scott Pelath (D) '

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pelath is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Pelath raised a total of $464,806 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 9, 2013.[16]

Scott Pelath's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State House, District 9 Won $86,740
2010 Indiana State House, District 9 Won $99,425
2008 Indiana State House, District 9 Won $73,364
2006 Indiana State House, District 9 Won $53,960
2004 Indiana State House, District 9 Won $44,778
2002 Indiana State House, District 9 Won $34,501
2000 Indiana State House, District 9 Won $19,250
1998 Indiana State House, District 9 Won $52,788
Grand Total Raised $464,806

2012

Pelath won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Pelath raised a total of $86,740.
Indiana House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Scott Pelath's campaign in 2012
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association$5,500
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives$5,000
Build Indiana Council$4,000
Indiana Bankers Association$2,500
At&T$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$86,740
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Pelath collected $99,425 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[17]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Scott Pelath's campaign in 2010
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association$6,000
Indiana Statewide Association Of Rural Electric Cooperatives$6,000
Indiana Motor Truck Association$5,000
Indiana Bankers Association$4,000
Indiana Hospital Association$4,000
Total Raised in 2010 $99,425

2008

In 2008, Pelath collected $73,364 in donations.[18]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $10,500
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association $3,500
Indiana Motor Truck Association $3,000
Indiana Manufacturers Association $2,500
Baker & Daniels $2,500
Monarch Beverage $2,000
Indiana Association of Realtors $2,000
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Indiana $2,000
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives $1,500
AT&T $1,500
Indiana Hospital Association $1,250
Carolene Mays for State Representative $1,250
Indiana Healthcare Association $1,000
Indiana Optometric Association $1,000
Dunes Shore Pac $1,000
Indiana State Chiropractic Association $1,000
Krieg Devault LLP $1,000
Comcast of Indiana Pac $1,000
Alan P. Hogan $1,000
Indiana State Medical Association $1,000

2006

In 2006, Pelath collected $53,960 in donations.[19]

Listed below are the top 5 contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $9,000
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association $4,250
Indiana State Medical Association $2,000
Indiana Hospital Association $1,500
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives $1,500

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Political Summary," accessed March 6, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 IndyStar.com, Indiana Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown over anti-union legislation, 22 Feb. 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fox 59, Fines begin for absent House Democrats, 7 March 2011
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Wall Street Journal, Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana, 3 March 2011
  5. IndyStar.com, Dems' walkout drags on, among nation's longest, 23 March 2011
  6. WFIE.com, Indiana Republicans say they're done negotiating, 17 March 2011
  7. Reuters, "Indiana becomes 23rd "right-to-work" state," February 1, 2012
  8. Indiana Secretary of State, "Official primary election candidate list," accessed February 10, 2014
  9. Indiana Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed June 12, 2014
  10. Indiana Secretary of State, "List of May 8, 2012, primary candidates," accessed March 6, 2014
  11. Indiana Secretary of State, “Election Results – Indiana General Election, November 6, 2012,” accessed January 24, 2013
  12. Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official General Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
  13. Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official Primary Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
  14. Indiana Secretary of State, "2008 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
  15. Indiana Secretary of State, "2006 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
  16. followthemoney.org, "Pelath, Scott D," accessed September 9, 2013
  17. Follow the Money, "2010 Campaign donations," accessed March 6, 2014
  18. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign donations," accessed March 6, 2014
  19. Follow the Money, "2006 Campaign donations," accessed March 6, 2014
Political offices
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Indiana House of Representatives District 9
1998–present
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