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Indiana House 8th District

District Profile:
The district has been called the "Bloody Eighth" for its tight congressional races. At one point in the 1970s, it elected four different congressmen in four successive elections.
2004 Results: John Hostettler (R) defeated Jon Jennings (D) by 53-45%


Elected in 1994; Seeking seventh term; Hostettler was unopposed in the primary.

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  • Born: July 19, 1961; Evansville, Ind.
  • Family: Married (Beth); four children
  • Education: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, B.S., 1983
  • Professional: Mechanical engineer, Southern Indiana Gas & Electric Co., 1983-94
  • Military: None



Ellsworth, a Vanderburgh County sheriff, was unopposed in the primary.

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  • Born: Sept. 11, 1958; Jasper, Ind.
  • Family: Married (Beth); one child
  • Education: FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va.; Indiana State University -- Terre Haute, M.A.; ISU -- Evansville, B.A., 1981
  • Professional: Vandenburg County sheriff, 1999-present; deputy sherrif, 1982-98
  • Military: None