About Joe

Senator Joe Donnelly is honored to represent the State of Indiana in the U.S. Senate. Joe has brought a bipartisan, pragmatic approach to the Senate, where he is working to solve problems and address issues important to Indiana and our country. For his work with Republicans and Democrats to advance legislation, Joe has been consistently recognized as one of the most bipartisan Senators. Since 2013, more than 35 of Joe’s provisions have been signed into law, including efforts to improve military mental health, combat the opioid abuse epidemic, recognize and help veterans, and keep our country safe.


Joe is committed to a moderate and common sense agenda that includes creating and protecting American jobs, a strong national defense, reducing the debt and deficit, fighting for our servicemembers and veterans, and addressing the opioid crisis. In the Senate, he serves on the Armed Services Committee, Banking Committee, Agriculture Committee, and Aging Committee. In the Armed Services Committee, he serves as the Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee and he sits on the Airland Subcommittee. On the Agriculture Committee, he serves on the following subcommittees: Commodities, Markets, Trade and Risk Management; Rural Development and Energy; and Conservation, Forestry, and Natural Resources.

Previously, he served the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana in the House of Representatives, and was first elected in 2006. After being reelected to the House in 2008 and 2010, he was elected to the Senate in 2012.

Prior to serving in Congress, Joe helped run a small business in Mishawaka, practiced law in South Bend, and worked with both Democrats and Republicans to ensure fair and accurate election results by serving on the Indiana State Election Board from 1988 to 1989. Additionally, he was a member of the School Board for Mishawaka Marian High School from 1997 to 2001, serving as President during the 2000 to 2001 term.


Joe lives with his wife Jill in north central Indiana. Joe met Jill in South Bend while students at the University of Notre Dame and they have two children, Molly and Joe Jr. From coaching his kids’ basketball and baseball teams years ago to being a member of St. Anthony de Padua Parish, Joe has fully invested himself in his community and is proud to call Indiana home.