Joe Zakas loses bid for 10th term in Indiana state senate

Joe Zakas (left) shakes then-President Ronald Reagan's hand in 1988. (By William Fitz-Patrick [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican state senator from northern Indiana was defeated in his bid for what would have been a record-tying 10th four-year terms in the state Senate, while an equally long-serving Democratic senator won his primary.

Republican Sen. Joe Zakas of Granger lost to business owner Linda Rogers in the primary for the South Bend area district. Zakas was first elected to the Senate in 1982.

The only other legislative incumbent defeated in Tuesday’s primary was Republican Rep. Richard Hamm of Richmond. He lost to retired surgeon Brad Barrett.

Republican Sen. Mike Delph of Carmel survived a tough primary challenge.

The wife and son of former GOP congressmen both won nominations for open Indiana House seats. Matt Hostettler, the son of former U.S. Rep. John Hostettler, won a three-way race for an open GOP seat in the Evansville area. Christy Stutzman, the wife of former U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, will be the GOP candidate in northern Indiana’s Elkhart County.


  1. How do we get the people that we elect to impose term limits on themselves? That would be like having a thief in a bank vault full of cash and they only steel one dollar. We are so screwed when these guys are in office for this long. No concept of reality of real people from their throne.


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