|Member of the
Monroe County, Indiana County Council
from the 1st district
January 26, 2013
|Succeeded by||Vic Kelson|
August 30, 1968 |
|Alma mater||Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (B.A.)
Vanderbilt University (M. Div)
|Occupation||Non-profit business management
|Website||Shelli Yoder for Congress|
Shelli Renee Yoder (born August 30, 1968) is an American business manager, educator and politician. A former Miss Indiana titleholder and Miss America 1993 contestant, Yoder has worked as a director of many non-profit organizations. She was the Democratic Party nominee for the United States House of Representatives in Indiana's 9th congressional district in the 2012 race and is currently a member of the County Council for Monroe County, Indiana.
Yoder is a native of Shipshewana, Indiana. She studied interpersonal communication at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. She later graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a Masters degree in Counseling & Human Services and from Vanderbilt University Divinity School in 2002 with a Masters degree in Divinity.
Yoder won the Miss Indiana pageant in 1992 and finished as second runner-up in the Miss America pageant later that year. While competing in beauty pageants, she developed anorexia nervosa. She moved to Tennessee, where she served as the Assistant Director of GirlForce, an advocacy group bringing awareness to the issue of anorexia, and worked as the Executive Director of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee.
Yoder married Josh Perry, a professor at Indiana University Bloomington. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Kelley School of Business. They have three children and live in Bloomington, Indiana.
2012 Congressional campaign
In February 2012, Yoder entered the race for Indiana's 9th congressional district. In a crowded primary field of five candidates, Yoder clinched the nomination with 47% of the primary vote in May. During the primary, Yoder emphasized job creation, worker training, funding for health research, and investment in infrastructure and clean energy. Yoder credited her success to a grass-roots campaign and vowed to take on big money and special interest and be a voice for working families. Former Governor Howard Dean has used his political action committee to support Yoder, stating that Yoder's race is a key one for Democrats in 2012. This group of candidates in key races is referred to as the Dean Dozen.
In the general election campaign, she has challenged Republican Representative Todd Young to thirteen town hall debates in each of the district's counties, noting that Young had challenged then-Congressman Baron Hill to numerous debates in 2010. She has also criticized Young's association with controversial Congressman Todd Akin and their co-sponsoring of No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which originally included the term "forcible rape"; however the word "forcible" was later removed from the bill, and Young did distance himself from Akin's remarks.
Young defeated Yoder in the election, receiving 55% of the vote to Yoder's 45%.
|Indiana's 9th Congressional District election, 2012|
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- The Madison Courier - Google News Archive Search
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- "Shelli Yoder wins Democratic nod to take on Todd Young for the Indiana 9th District seat: GOP's Young seen as heavy favorite in fall". Louisville Courier Journal. May 8, 2012.
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- "Yoder embraces Underdog Role". WHAS 11 News. May 10, 2012.
- "Former Miss Indiana Shelli Yoder wins Democratic nomination for Congress". May 10, 2012.
- "Howard Dean's PAC Gets Behind Yoder’s Uphill Battle". WFPL. August 8, 2012.
- "Yoder: Young Stalling On Debate Challenge". Louisville Courier Journal. August 1, 2012.
- "Indiana congressional hopeful Shelli Yoder challenges Rep. Todd Young to 13 debates". WFPL. August 28, 2012.
- "Yoder Presses Young Over Akin 'Legitimate Rape' Comments". WFPL. August 24, 2012.
- Wray, Jessica (November 6, 2012). "U.S. Rep. Todd Young defeats Shelli Yoder in Indiana's 9th District". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
- Shelli Yoder for U.S. Congress official campaign site
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org
- Collected news and commentary from WFPL
|United States House of Representatives|
|Democratic nominee for Indiana's 9th congressional district