David Ober

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David Ober
Member of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
Assumed office
April 2, 2018
GovernorEric Holcomb
Preceded byJim Atterholt
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 82nd district
In office
November 7, 2012 – April 1, 2018
Preceded byJeff Espich
Succeeded byDavid Abbott[1]
Personal details
David Lee Ober

(1987-03-30) March 30, 1987 (age 31)
Kendallville, IN
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Maggie Ober
ResidenceAlbion, Indiana
Alma materPurdue University Northwest
Occupationconsulting and community development

David Ober is a Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives. He represents Indiana State House District 82 which includes all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley Counties.[2] In March 2018, Ober was chosen by Governor Eric Holcomb to be a Commissioner on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.[3] He succeeded Jim Atterholt.[4] He officially resigned from the State House on April 1, 2018 and started his job at IURC the next day.[5]

Early life and career[edit]

Ober is a sixth-generation Hoosier who grew up in rural Albion, Indiana. He graduated from Central Noble High School in 2005 and enrolled at Purdue University Calumet as an undergraduate student. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Graphics Technology in December 2009. Ober is employed as the Tourism Asset Coordinator with the Noble County Convention & Visitors Bureau located in Rome City, Indiana.

Indiana House of Representatives[edit]

118th General Assembly (2012-2014)[edit]

Rep. Ober was appointed by House Speaker Brian C. Bosma to serve on the Agriculture and Rural Development, Government and Regulatory Reform, and Employment, Labor and Pensions Committees during the 2013 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Ober was appointed to the House Ways and Means Committee in December 2013, to fill a vacancy left by the passing of Representative Phyllis Pond (R-New Haven).

119th General Assembly (2014-2016)[edit]

Ober was appointed Assistant Majority Whip for the 119th General Assembly.

120th General Assembly (2016-2018)[edit]

On November 23rd 2016, Ober was appointed Chairman of the House Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications for the 120th General Assembly.

Electoral history[edit]

2012 Election

Ober was one of four candidates that ran for the vacant 82nd House district. The vacancy was due to the decennial redistricting of all state legislative and congressional districts in 2011. He won the May 8, 2012 Republican primary with 47% of the vote. In the November 6, 2012 general election, Ober defeated Democrat Mike Wilber to earn a first term in the Indiana House of Representatives.

Primary Election General Election
Michael Caywood 534 David Ober 15,113 ✔
Denise Lemmon 3,284 Mike Wilber 7,204
David Ober 3,550 ✔
Wesley Ortell 238
2014 Election

Ober was unopposed in the May 6, 2014 Republican primary election. In the November 4, 2014 general election, Ober defeated Democrat Mike Wilber in a rematch to earn a second term in the Indiana House of Representatives.

Primary Election General Election
David Ober 5,488 ✔ David Ober 9,654 ✔
Mike Wilber 2,898