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Indiana House 9th District

District profile:
Most of the district is ancestrally Democratic and culturally conservative; much of it has recently been trending Republican, particularly in the suburbs of Cincinnati.
2004 results: Republican Mike Sodrel defeated Democrat Baron Hill 49.5 percent to 49 percent.



Elected in 2004; seeking second term; Sodrel was nominated with 81 percent in a two-way primary.

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  • Born: Dec. 17, 1945; Louisville, Ky.
  • Family: Married (Marquita); two children.
  • Education: Attended Indiana University Southeast.
  • Professional: Owner, Sodrel Truck Lines, 1987-2004; Sodrel Logistics, 2000-04.
  • Military: Army National Guard, 1966-73.


Hill, a former congressman, was nominated with 79 percent in a four-way primary.

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  • Born: June 23, 1953; Seymour, Ind.
  • Family: Married (Betty); three children.
  • Education: Furman University, B.A., 1975.
  • Professional: Financial analyst, Merrill Lynch, 1994-98; executive director, state Student Assistance Commission, 1990-94.
  • Military: None.