Joe Donnelly

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Joe Donnelly currently serves the 2nd Congressional district of Indiana

Joe Donnelly is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the Second Congressional District of Indiana since 2007. (map)

Record and controversies

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Issue Positions


Donnelly received a grade of 0 from NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2007.[1] His own website also claims he is solidly anti-abortion. [2]


In 2007, Donnelly represented the views of the National Association of Wheat Growers and the United Fresh Produce Association, but not the National Council of Agricultural Employers.

Budget, Spending and Taxes

Based on ratings garnered from four interest groups who oppose government taxation, who all gave Donnelly very low ratings, he appears to not be in favor of across-the-board tax cuts.[3] However, he claims on his own page that Congress needs to be "more responsible with your dollars" and also to reduce the budget deficit.[4]


Joe Donnelly has firsthand experience in this area, being a former school board president.

Gun Control

Donnelly favors a strong interpretation of the Second Amendment. He co-sponsored a bill lightening gun-control laws in Washington, D.C.[5] In 2008 the NRA graded him with an A.[6]

Iraq War

Given Donnelly's limited time in the House of Representatives, he does not have a long history of votes on the Iraq War. His own website states that he opposes cutting funds for troops in Iraq, but that he is in favor of telling "the Iraqis that our commitment to them is not unconditional or open-ended." The only action he supports that breaks the status quo is hastening the training of Iraqi security forces so that American troops can leave.[7]

Environmental record

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Early life, education, and career

Joe Donnelly was born in Massapequa, New York. [8] He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1977 and remained in South Bend, Ind. to obtain his law degree, which he did in 1981. He practiced law until 1996, when he opened Marking Solutions, a printing and rubber stamp company. [9]

Donnelly and his wife, Jill, have been married for 27 years and have a son and a daughter. They reside in Granger, Indiana.

Early political positions

Donnelly held two public positions before deciding to run for Congress. From 1988-1989, he served on the Indiana State Election Board, which was charged with ensuring accurate election results. He served on a local schoolboard from 1997-2001, serving as president of the board from 2000-2001. [10]

He ran a campaign for Indiana attorney general in 1988, but lost in the Democratic primary. He also ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Indiana State Senate in 1990. [11]

Congressional elections

Donnelly has twice run for U.S. Congress in Indiana's 2nd Congressional district.


Donnelly ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the second district, where he faced off against incumbent Rep. Chris Chocola (R-Ind.). [12] Chocola was helped by several fundraising visits from President George W. Bush, and was able to outspend Donnelly by a two to one margin, $1.4 million to $700,000. Donnelly lost the election, 54%-45%. [13]


On May 2, 2006, Donnelly defeated Steve Francis for the Democratic Party nomination, setting up a rematch against Chris Chocola. [14] Donnelly defeated Chocola 54% to 46% to win a seat in Congress. [15]

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Indiana superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Joe Donnelly, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

  • For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Joe Donnelly
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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations

More Background Data

Background information on Chris Chocola, whom Joe Donnelly challenged in the 2006 congressional elections:


Washington DC:
Longworth House Office Building 1218
Washington, DC 20515
Ph (202)225-3915
Fx (202)225-6798
Web Email

District Office:
207 West Colfax Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46601-1601
Ph (574) 288-2780
Fx (574) 288-2825

Articles and Resources


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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Agriculture, House Committee on Agriculture/Subcommittee on Conservation Credit Energy and Research, House Committee on Agriculture/Subcommittee on Livestock Dairy and Poultry, House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Capital Markets Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs/Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2006
First Took Current Office:
January 4, 2007
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Indiana State Election Board
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1. 207 West Colfax Avenue, South Bend, Indiana 46601-1601
Phone: (574) 288-2780 / Fax: (574) 288-2825

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Date of Birth: September 29, 1955