The Journal Gazette
Thursday, August 22, 2019 5:20 pm

Hoosier politics database upgraded

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Wells County native Trevor Foughty has retooled his Indiana political data and history website Capitol & Washington.

The database at contains a dozen categories, including election results, politicians, officeholders, state legislative and congressional maps, legislative caucus elections and lists of women and minorities who have held state or federal office.

The electoral records database, for instance, shows that former Allen County Auditor Tera Klutz received the most votes of any candidate for state auditor when she was chosen on 1,235,579 ballots in the 2018 general election. Broaden the search field, and Klutz's vote total ranks 28st highest for all state and federal officials who have been elected in Indiana.

The tenure records database finds that Phyllis Pond, a Republican state representative from New Haven who died in 2013, was in office longer than all but 14 other people – 34 years, 10 months and 23 days. 

The maps database illustrates how the boundaries of congressional districts have changed since 1816, when the state consisted of William Hendricks' at-large seat in southern Indiana and Indian Territory in central and northern parts of the state. 

Foughty, 36, is associate vice president of state relations for Indiana University. He formerly was deputy chief of staff and Senate campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., when Young was a member of the U.S. House. Before that, he worked in communications for the Indiana Republican Party and the political action committee of then-governor Mitch Daniels.

Foughty writes on Capitol & Washington – two streets in downtown Indianapolis that border the Indiana Statehouse – that he began developing a state politics database as "a hobby and a labor of love" in 2010. He started the website after joining IU in 2017 and rebuilt it in the past four months.

The site also contains articles written by Foughty, who grew up in Ossian and graduated in 2001 from Norwell High School.

"I first became politically active in sixth grade when I spent the night at my best friend's house, and his dad made us walk in a parade for Mark Souder the next morning," he said in an email.

The parade was in Zanesville in 1994, the year Republican Souder would be elected to the first of eight terms in the U.S. House.

"My friend's dad and I still keep in touch, because he's now serving in the State Senate: Travis Holdman," Foughty said.

Holdman, a Republican from Markle, has been in the Senate for more than 11 years – good for 408th on the  tenure records list curated by Foughty.




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