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Phone: 202-225-5037

Address: 236 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (317) 718-0404

Address: 355 South Washington Street, Danville IN 46122-1779

Lafayette IN

Phone: (765) 838-3930

Fax: (765) 838-3931

Address: 337 Columbia Street, Lafayette IN 47901-1315

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Todd Rokita Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Indiana 4
  • Born: Feb. 09, 1970, Chicago, IL
  • Home: Indianapolis
  • Education:

    Wabash Col., B.A. 1992; IN U., Indianapolis, J.D. 1995.

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 1995-97; gen. cnsl., Office of IN Secy. of St., 1997-2000; IN dep. secy. of st., 2000-02.

  • Political Career:

    IN Secy. of St., 2003-10.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Kathy); 2 children

Republican Todd Rokita, elected in 2010, is a former Indiana secretary of state and devout conservative who also has become one of his party’s energetic fundraisers. Read More

Republican Todd Rokita, elected in 2010, is a former Indiana secretary of state and devout conservative who also has become one of his party’s energetic fundraisers.

Rokita grew up in Munster, Ind., the oldest of three children. His father was a dentist who owned his own practice, and his mother was a dental hygienist. Rokita was president of his high school student body and won a full scholarship to Wabash College, an all-male liberal arts school. He majored in political science, focusing on political philosophy, and studied for a semester at the University of Essex in England. Rokita told National Journal that his semester in Europe reinforced his already conservative political beliefs. Fellow students told him about long lines and poor service in government-run hospitals, and he noticed the high cost of goods because of a value-added tax, a form of consumption tax collected in Europe. His experience abroad was “a good glimpse into what the future of America would and could be with liberalism on the march here,” he said.

After earning his law degree at Indiana University, Rokita worked in private practice for several years. A licensed pilot, Rokita focused on aviation law, among other fields. He also volunteered flying people in need of non-emergency medical care to hospitals and clinics throughout the Midwest. While working on local and state campaigns, he met Indiana’s then-Secretary of State Sue Anne Gilroy, who hired him as her general counsel and later made him deputy secretary of state. Rokita also worked for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000, training workers to challenge ballots during the historic 2000 Florida recount.

In 2002, Gilroy was term-limited out of office, and Rokita ran for the Republican nomination to succeed her. In Indiana, convention delegates choose the nominees for all statewide offices other than governor. Rokita took a leave of absence from his job, bought a surplus police car, and drove across the state, meeting with delegates in their homes. He won the Republican nomination for secretary of state on the third ballot and went on to win the general election.

In office, he fulfilled a campaign pledge to get a bill through the legislature requiring a photo ID at polling places to combat perceived voter fraud. Critics of the 2005 law argued that it disenfranchised poor voters who are less likely to have driver’s licenses (and are more likely to vote Democratic). A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law made it all the way to the Supreme Court, which upheld it in 2008.

Rokita was embroiled in another controversy with civil rights undercurrents. In a 2007 speech, he questioned why 90% of blacks vote for Democrats. “How can that be?” Rokita said, according to the Associated Press. “Ninety to 10 (percent for Republicans). Who’s the master and who’s the slave in that relationship? How can that be healthy?” After African-American leaders condemned his remarks, Rokita apologized. In 2009, he managed to infuriate members of both political parties in the state when he proposed making it a felony for lawmakers to draw legislative districts based on political data such as party registration and where incumbents live.

Rokita considered challenging Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh in 2010 but jumped into the congressional race instead when GOP Rep. Steve Buyer announced his retirement. His main primary opponent was state Sen. Brandt Hershman, Buyer’s district director. With high name recognition and solid fundraising, Rokita won 42% of the vote to Hershman’s 17%, while 11 other candidates split the rest. Rokita went on to easily win in November against Purdue University professor David Sanders, the Democratic candidate, 69% to 26%. Libertarian John Duncan got 5%.

In the House, Rokita was one of three GOP freshmen named to the Republican Steering Committee, which makes committee assignments. He recruited fellow freshmen to donate at fundraising events and took in nearly $200,000 through his leadership political action committee during the 2012 election season. But he still showed a willingness to break ranks with Republican leaders. He voted against the New Year’s Day 2013 budget deal on taxes and spending aimed at averting the so-called fiscal cliff, and he was one of 67 Republicans to oppose subsequent storm relief for the Northeast, saying, “Just as normal American families do, we have to be willing to cut spending on less important things if we want to pay for emergency expenses.”

No fan of labor unions, Rokita successfully attached an amendment to a House-passed omnibus spending bill in June 2011 barring the Transportation Security Administration from using money for collective bargaining. He also came up with a “Red Tape Rollback” initiative that aims to change or delay implementation of regulations he deemed harmful to business.

Post-2010 census redistricting put Rokita’s home in the Indianapolis-based 7th District. But all but a handful of his constituents remained in the 4th, and he didn’t have to break a sweat in winning reelection with 62% of the vote.

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Todd Rokita Election Results
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2012 General
Todd Rokita (R)
Votes: 168,688
Percent: 61.96%
Tara Nelson (D)
Votes: 93,015
Percent: 34.16%
Benjamin Gehlhausen (Lib)
Votes: 10,565
Percent: 3.88%
2012 Primary
Todd Rokita (R)
Votes: 73,089
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (69%)
Todd Rokita Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 7 (L) : 93 (C) 7 (L) : 91 (C) 21 (L) : 79 (C)
Social 46 (L) : 54 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign - (L) : 95 (C) 34 (L) : 65 (C) 49 (L) : 50 (C)
Composite 18.5 (L) : 81.5 (C) 15.7 (L) : 84.3 (C) 26.3 (L) : 73.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC9083
LCV99
CFG8883
ITIC-73
NTU8785
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COC94-
ACLU-0
ACU96100
ADA00
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
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