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PEGGY MAYFIELD

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Indiana House District 60 used to be the domain of independent legislators who often bucked the party line. Arguably that changed in 2001, when boundaries were redrawn to make the district more heavily Republican – as it is today.

Republican Jerry Bales, an outspoken maverick, represented the district for 22 years, until conservatives got tired of his independence and ousted him in the 1998 GOP primary. That gambit backfired, as moderate Democrat Peggy Welch won in the fall and went on to hold the seat for 14 years.

Peggy Mayfield, the current representative, defeated Welch in 2012 after redistricting shifted the district’s center of gravity to the north. It now takes in much of Morgan County, including the cities of Martinsville and Mooresville, and part of Monroe County, where it wraps around the east side of Bloomington.

Mayfield, who lives in Martinsville, co-owns a Mooresville insurance agency and served as Morgan County clerk for six years before being elected to the House. She and her husband are active in the Boy Scouts organization and have hosted multiple international exchange students.

In the General Assembly, Mayfield has authored several bills restricting abortions and has been a stalwart supporter of gun rights. (She is an NRA-certified rifle and shotgun instructor and has coached youth shooting sports teams.)

She has also been active in insurance legislation and bills dealing with firefighters and fire departments, including a ban on using PFA, a foam-based fire suppressant linked to health problems, in firefighter training.  She serves on the House Insurance, Public Policy and Ways and Means committees.

After a relatively close contest with Welch in 2012, Mayfield has been able to count on 60% of the vote or more. After fending off a primary challenge against a Martinsville school board member who ran as an advocate for public education, Mayfield faced Democrat Tiffany Grant, a math teacher at Martinsville High School with a similar campaign focus; Mayfield won with 63% of the general election vote. — Steve Hinnefeld

CONTACT INFORMATION

(800) 382-9841
200 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204
http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/legislators/legislator_peggy_mayfield_1121

EDUCATION

  • Attended, Computer Technology, Indiana University-Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

COMMITTEES

Insurance, Public Policy, Ways and Means

KEY VOTES

SB 198-2019 (Sentencing, bias crimes). Allowed longer sentences in crimes based on personal characteristics, stripped of references to sexual orientation, gender identity and race. Yes

SB 516-2019 (Regulation of hemp). Allowed cultivation and regulation of hemp products in Indiana, did not change marijuana laws. Yes

HB 1001-2019 (State budget). Set funding for state agencies and services, including 2.5% annual increases for education, though not directly for teacher salaries. Yes

HB 1004-2019 (School safety). Increased access to funding for security systems and resource officers, was stripped of provisions for mental health screening. Yes

HB 1015-2019 (Various gaming matters). Allowed sports betting statewide and table games in more casinos, relocated a casino in Gary and authorizing a new one in Terre Haute. No

SB 1-2020 (Tobacco and vaping). Raised from 18 to 21 the legal age to buy tobacco or vaping products in Indiana. No

SB 148-2020 (Zoning and housing matters). Was amended to overrule local tenant protection measures like those in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Merrillville. Vetoed by governor. Yes

HB 1004-2020 (Health matters). Controlled surprise billing for out-of-network and other costs. Yes

HB 1070-2020 (Distracted driving). Made it an infraction to handle a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Yes

HB 1414-2020 (Electric generation). Prohibited utilities from closing coal-fired generating plants without permission from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Yes

TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Todd Huston Campaign Committee, $9,300
NAIFA Indiana South, $4,300
Catalyst Public Affairs Group LLC, $1,096.08
Indiana Association of Realtors, $1,000
Insurance Institute of Indiana, $1,000

RATINGS

National Rifle Association Candidate Positions on Gun Rights 92
Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 78
Indiana Manufacturers Association Lifetime Positions77
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions (4 Year Average) 92
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions 84
LEAP Forward Positions (Indianna) 21
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Positions 53
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Lifetime Positions 38
National Rifle Association Candidate Positions on Gun Rights 93
Indiana AFL-CIO Positions 30

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Co-owner, Mayfield Insurance

DISTRICT

Population: 64,636

Race/Ethnic Origin: 94.2% white, 1.1% black, 2.4% Asian, 0.8% other, 1.5% two or more, 93.2% white non-Hispanic, 1.6% Hispanic.