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United States House of Representatives elections in Indiana, 2012

The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Indiana were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to elect the nine U.S. Representatives from the state, one from each of the state's nine congressional districts. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election, an election to the U.S. Senate, and a gubernatorial election.


United States House of Representatives elections in Indiana, 2012[1]
Party Votes Percentage Seats +/–
Republican 1,351,760 52.93% 7 +1
Democratic 1,142,554 44.74% 2 -1
Libertarian 59,429 2.33% 0 -
Independents 3 <0.01% 0 -
Totals 2,553,746 100.00% 9 -


A redistricting bill was passed by both houses of the Indiana General Assembly in April 2011[2][3] and signed into law by Governor Mitch Daniels on May 10, 2011. The newly drawn map was designed to produce seven districts which are favorable to the Republican Party and two which favor the Democratic Party. Republicans described the districts as being more compact and more in keeping with existing county boundaries than the previous map,[4] while Democrats argue that the map is intended to protect Republican incumbents and help the Republican Party win the 2nd district.[2]

District 1

Incumbent Democrat Pete Visclosky faced Republican nominee Joel Phelps, an industrial engineer.[5]

The incumbent was expected to remain favorable to Democrats.[2] The district, based in the suburbs and exurbs of Chicago, Illinois, acquired parts of LaPorte County, including Michigan City, in redistricting.[6]

Indiana's 1st Congressional District election, 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Pete Visclosky 187,743 67.28%
Republican Joel Phelps 91,291 32.72%
Totals 279,034 100.00%
Democratic hold

District 2

Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly, who has represented the 2nd district since 2007, ran for the U.S. Senate rather than for re-election to the House of Representatives.[7] Brendan Mullen, an Army veteran and military contractor[8] was the Democratic nominee. Former State Representative Jackie Walorski won the Republican nomination for the second consecutive time. Joe Ruiz was the Libertarian nominee.[9] Andrew Straw, an attorney, switched from the Democratic Party to Green Party and ran for this seat.[10][11] Straw was an Indiana Supreme Court analyst and an assistant dean at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in charge of the International Program.[12]

In June 2012 Andrew Straw submitted a 1-signature petition to the Secretary of State, despite the fact that IC 3-8-6 normally would require small parties and independents to get 3,653 signatures in the 2nd district (2% of the last Secretary of State race's turnout in the district). Straw argued freedom of speech, freedom of association, discrimination on the basis of class (Indiana Constitution, Art. I, section 23), and factual bases for his why his petition should be granted. He also argued that the current Secretary of State's appointment is the last election, and Gov. Daniels' 1 vote is the turnout, making Straw's requirement 0 signatures.[13] Independent U.S. Senate candidate Jack Rooney joined Straw's effort and submitted a similar petition. If Straw and Rooney are successful prior to the July 2 deadline, many others around Indiana could submit such 1-signature petitions from the presidential to county-level elections. The petition was denied in July.

In redistricting, parts of the state which typically favor Republicans, including Elkhart County, Miami County, Wabash County and much of Kosciusko County, were moved into the 2nd district, while Democratic-leaning areas such as Kokomo and part of LaPorte County were removed from the district.[2] Prior to announcing his Senate campaign, Donnelly commented that he was confident that a Democrat would be able to win the district, noting that then-Senator Barack Obama would have received 49% of the vote in the district in the 2008 presidential election had it been held under the newly drawn boundaries.[14]

Indiana's 2nd Congressional District election, 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jackie Walorski 134,033 49.01%
Democratic Brendan Mullen 130,113 47.58%
Libertarian Joe Ruiz 9,326 3.41%
Independent Kenneth R. Lunce, Jr. 3 <0.00%
Totals 273,475 100.00%
Republican gain from Democratic
External links
  • Brendan Mullen campaign website
  • Joe Ruiz campaign website
  • Andrew Straw campaign website
  • Jackie Walorski campaign website

District 3

Incumbent Republican Marlin Stutzman ran for re-election and faced Democratic nominee Kevin Boyd, the pastor of Fort Wayne’s Trinity Presbyterian Church.[15]

The 3rd district is expected to remain favorable to Republicans.[2] Among the changes made in redistricting were the removal of Elkhart County from the 4th district to the 2nd, and the addition of areas south of Fort Wayne, which may make Stutzman vulnerable to a primary challenge.[6]

Indiana's 3rd Congressional District election, 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Marlin Stutzman 187,872 67.04%
Democratic Kevin Boyd 92,363 32.96%
Totals 280,235 100.00%
Republican hold
External links
  • Kevin Boyd campaign website
  • Marlin Stutzman campaign website

District 4

Republican incumbent Todd Rokita ran for re-election in 2012. He faced Democratic nominee Tara Nelson, an information technology project manager[16] and Libertarian nominee Benjamin Gehlhausen, an economics and professional flight technology major at Purdue University.[9][17]

Rokita's home lies "about 500 yards" outside the boundaries of the newly drawn 4th district, a phenomenon he attributed in May 2011 to "a kind of comeuppance thing" on the part of members of the Indiana General Assembly in return for his having supported a nonpartisan redistricting process during his tenure as Secretary of State of Indiana. Sue Landske, a Republican member of the Indiana Senate, denied that this was the case.[18] The 4th district is expected to remain favorable to Republicans.[2]

Indiana's 4th Congressional District election, 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Rokita 168,688 61.96%
Democratic Tara Nelson 93,015 34.16%
Libertarian Benjamin Gehlhausen 10,565 3.88%
Totals 272,268 100.00%
Republican hold
External links
  • Tara Nelson campaign website
  • Todd Rokita campaign website

District 5

Republican incumbent Dan Burton, who had represented the 5th district since 2003 and previously represented the 6th district from 1983, retired rather than seeking re-election in 2012.[19] The Republican nominee was former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks.[20] She faced Democratic nominee Scott Reske, a State Representative,[21][22] and Libertarian nominee Chard Reid, an economics and finance teacher at Plainfield High School.[9]

Losing Republican candidates include attorney Jack Lugar,[23] John McGoff,[24] David McIntosh (who represented the 6th district from 1995 until 2001),[25] State Senator Mike Delph and Marion Mayor Wayne Sebold.[19]

The 5th district continues to include Hamilton County and the north side of Indianapolis,[26] but will receive Democratic-leaning areas in northern Marion and Madison,[6] and it lost rural areas near Fort Wayne.[26] The district is expected to continue to favor Republicans.[2]

Indiana's 5th Congressional District election, 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Susan Brooks 194,570 58.37%
Democratic Scott Reske 125,347 37.60%
Libertarian Chard Reid 13,442 4.03%
Totals 333,359 100.00%
Republican hold
External links
  • Susan Brooks campaign website
  • Tony Long campaign website
  • Jack Lugar campaign website
  • David McIntosh campaign website
  • John McGoff campaign website
  • Chard Reid campaign website
  • Scott Reske campaign website

District 6

Republican incumbent Mike Pence announced in May 2011 that he would run for Governor of Indiana rather than for re-election to the House of Representatives.[27] The Republican nominee in 2012 was Luke Messer, an attorney.[28] The Democratic nominee was Brad Bookout, a Delaware County Councilman.[29] The Libertarian nominee was Rex Bell, owner of a contracting business in the New Castle area.[9]

As of February 3, 2012, five people had filed to run in the May 8, 2012, primary for the Republican House seat nomination: Don Bates, Jr.; Bill Frazier; Travis Hankins; Luke Messer; and Joseph S. Van Wye, Sr.[30] Bates is a financial adviser who unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010.[31] Frazier is a former state senator.[32] Hankins is a developer who unsuccessfully ran in the 9th district in 2010.[31] Messer is a former state representative and former executive director of the Indiana Republican Party who challenged Dan Burton in the 5th district in 2010.[31] Van Wye describes himself as a part-time service technician and part-time worker for Lifetime Resources.[33]

Other possible candidates are John Hatter, a human resources director at Ivy Tech Community College;[31] Andrew Phipps, a retired educator who unsuccessfully ran for the Indiana Senate in 2002 and 2006;[34] Bartholomew County coroner Allen Smith, who previously appeared on the reality television series The Biggest Loser;[35] and T.J. Thompson, who unsuccessfully challenged Pence in 2010;[31] Nate LaMar, the president of the Henry County Council;[36][37] state senator Jean Lesing;[38] and former U.S. Representative Mike Sodrel.[36] The deadline for filing is February 10, 2012.[39]

Dan Bolling, a biotech entrepreneur from Wayne County; Brad Bookout, a former member of the Delaware County Council;[40] Jim Crone, a sociology professor at Hanover College;[31] Lane Siekman, an attorney;[31] and Barry Welsh, who has challenged Pence three times, are running for the Democratic nomination.[31]

The 6th district was made more favorable to Republicans in redistricting,[31] and now stretches from Muncie to the Ohio River.[2]

Indiana's 6th Congressional District election, 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Luke Messer 162,613 59.08%
Democratic Brad Bookout 96,678 35.12%
Libertarian Rex Bell 15,962 5.80%
Totals 275,253 100.00%
Republican hold
External links
  • Don Bates, Jr. campaign website
  • Rex Bell campaign website
  • Brad Bookout campaign website
  • Jim Crone campaign website
  • Travis Hankins campaign website
  • John Hatter campaign website
  • Nate LaMar exploratory committee website
  • Luke Messer campaign website
  • Lane Siekman campaign website
  • Joe Van Wye campaign website

District 7

Incumbent André Carson ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination, and faced Republican nominee Carlos May, a former aide for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.[41]

The 7th district lost Democratic-leaning areas in northern Marion County in redistricting, while acquiring more Republican areas in the south of the county.[6] Nonetheless, the district is expected to remain favorable to Democrats.[2]

Indiana's 7th Congressional District election, 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic André Carson 162,122 62.85%
Republican Carlos May 95,828 37.15%
Totals 257,950 100.00%
Democratic hold
External links
  • Andre Carson campaign website
  • Carlos May campaign website

District 8

Republican incumbent Larry Bucshon faced former State Representative Dave Crooks, the Democratic nominee,[42] and Bart Gadau, the Libertarian nominee.[9]

The incumbent raised the relatively small total of US$45,330 in the first quarter of 2011.[43] Kristi Risk, a stay-at-home mom and unsuccessful Republican primary candidate in 2010, again lost to Bucshon.[44]

The 8th district's Democratic candidates agreed to participate in a caucus in which the chairs and vice chairs of 38 counties would vote to decide the party's nominee; after which the candidates not selected would support the winner.[45] Former state representative Dave Crooks was endorsed as the Democratic nominee by party leaders on December 10, 2011. Crooks ran against Thomas Barnett of Bowling Green, Indiana and William Bryk.[46]

The 8th district was made slightly more favorable to Democrats in redistricting, as a result of the removal of Fountain County, Putnam County and Warren County, all of which favor Republicans, and the addition of Dubois County, Perry County, Spencer County and part of Crawford County, all of which strongly favor neither party.[6]

Indiana's 8th Congressional District election, 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Bucshon 151,533 53.36%
Democratic Dave Crooks 122,325 43.07%
Libertarian Bart Gadau 10,134 3.57%
Totals 283,992 100.00%
Republican hold
External links
  • Larry Bucshon campaign website
  • Dave Crooks campaign website
  • Bart Gadau campaign website

District 9

Republican incumbent Todd Young ran for re-election and faced Democratic nominee Shelli Yoder, professional development director at Indiana University in Bloomington Kelley School of Business and former Miss Indiana.[47] Jason Sharp was nominated by the Libertarian Party but later dropped out.

Young ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Yoder won against four Democratic opponents:

  • John Griffin Miller, activist
  • John Tilford, military veteran and activist for veterans
  • Robert Winningham, former employee of former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton[49]

The 9th district previously consisted mostly of rural areas in southeastern Indiana but was made more favorable to Republicans when the legislature extended it northwards to include suburbs of Louisville, Kentucky.[2][6]

Indiana's 9th Congressional District election, 2012 [1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Todd Young 165,332 55.45%
Democratic Shelli Yoder 132,848 44.55%
Totals 298,180 100.00%
Republican hold
External links
  • Shelli Yoder campaign website
  • Todd Young campaign website


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