As a husband, father, and former small business owner, Joe Donnelly understands the Hoosier values of family, faith, and hard work. These values were instilled in Joe starting at a young age from his father, a small business owner, and his mother, a homemaker. Joe met his wife, Jill, while in college in South Bend. They got married in 1979 and raised their two children, Molly and Joe Jr., in northern Indiana, in the home that Jill's father helped build almost thirty years ago.
For many years, Joe ran a small printing shop in Mishawaka, so he understands the challenges of balancing a budget, making payroll, and hiring workers. He served on the Indiana State Election Board from 1988-1989, allowing him to work with members of both parties to ensure fair and accurate election results. Joe served on the school board for Marian High School from 1997-2001 and as president during the 2000-2001 term. In this position, he gained insight and experience in managing and finding solutions to the problems that our education system faces.
In 2006, Joe was elected to U.S. Congress to represent Indiana's 2nd District. He is currently serving his third term after being reelected in 2008 and 2010. He is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition which promotes a moderate agenda focused on fiscal discipline and strong national security. Joe serves on two committees that help meet the diverse needs of north central Indiana: Financial Services and Veterans' Affairs.
Joe decided to run for U.S. Senate because he thinks Hoosier men and women deserve a senator who is focused on what matters most: finding and keeping a good job so they can take care of their families and retire with dignity.