2018 US Senate race in Indiana expected to be hotly contested
Senator Joe Donnelly was elected to Congress in 2006, reelected in 2008 and 2010, and elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012.
He is up for re-election in 2018. The 2018 reelection campaign will be very expensive and hard fought as Republicans will target Senator Donnelly for defeat.
Donnelly has been a consistent pro-life voice as well as advocate for women and families.
In 2013, Donnelly co-sponsored the Senate bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Donnelly voted in favor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; Donnelly voted for the 2009 reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIP). In Donnelly's first term he co-sponsored H.R. 2: The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007.
In 2010, Donnelly voted in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly called ObamaCare or the Affordable Care Act). Donnelly has also voted to expand Medicare and Medicaid coverage and eligibility.
In 2010, Donnelly supported the Hyde Amendment of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits federal funding from being used on abortions other than in cases of incest and rape. In 2015, he voted for reallocating funds from Planned Parenthood to local Community Health Centers throughout the state of Indiana. He also voted to support the ban on abortions after 20 weeks.
Senator Joe Donnelly is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame undergraduate school and the Law School. He lives with his wife Jill in Grainger, Indiana. They have two children, Molly and Joe, Jr.