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Joe Donnelly (D)
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|Committees:||House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs|
|(subcommittees and past assignments)|
| Next election: Nov. 6, 2012
2012 candidates for IN-Junior Seat
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Record and controversies
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Early life, education, and career
Joe Donnelly was born in Massapequa, New York.  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. 
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. 
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. 
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.).  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%. 
On May 2, 2006, Donnelly defeated Steve Francis for the Democratic Party nomination, setting up a rematch against Chris Chocola.  Donnelly defeated Chocola 54% to 46% to win a seat in Congress. 
Money in politics
This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.
The following is drawn from government records of campaign contributions to Joe Donnelly. Campaign contributions are one of the most direct conduits for influencing members of Congress. How to use this information.
The "revolving door" refers to the passage of staffers between government and industry employment. Former staff for members of Congress often use the connections and knowledge they gained as public employees to help their new employers – often lobbying firms – influence their former employers and institutions.
Privately funded travel
The following is drawn from Joe Donnelly's travel disclosure forms. Corporations and other organizations can pay for trips by members of Congress and their staff as long as it is related to official business (though some trips have been glorified junkets). How to use this information.
The following is drawn from Joe Donnelly's personal financial disclosure forms. Close study of the data has often revealed conflicts of interest by members of Congress. How to use this information.
Committees and Affiliations
- House Committee on Agriculture
- Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
- House Committee on Financial Services
- Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government Sponsored Enterprises
- Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity
- House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
- Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
More Background Data
207 West Colfax Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46601-1601
Ph (574) 288-2780
Fx (574) 288-2825
Articles and Resources
- Joe Donnelly for Congress, official campaign site.