Who am I?

Kevin Derr was born in 1969 at St. Marys Hospital in Evansville, Indiana while his father was home on leave from the war in Vietnam. As a child in Boonville, Indiana Kevin and his sister were raised by their father, as a single parent, who impressed upon them the value of consistent hard work, union representation, education and active compassion for others.

Kevin graduated from Boonville High School, in 1987 where he got his first taste of the political process by campaigning for and winning the post of Senior Class President. He enlisted in the United States Navy and graduated from Naval Nuclear Power School and in 1996 earned a B.A. in Economics with a minor in History from the University of Southern Indiana where he was President of the Economics and Finance Club and a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society.

Kevin married a high school classmate, Terri Helms, in 1995 and they have a very bright and talented daughter, Mackenzie, who was born in 1996.

Political activism is an integral part of Kevins life. After college, he studied with the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute to learn and assist with organizing drives to bring union representation to workers without a voice on the job. He is a Precinct Committeeman and the Trustee of Boon Township in Warrick County

Professionally, Kevin worked his way through college as an over-the-road-driver running weekend routes from Chicago to Evansville. This experience opened the door to managing a local transportation company before creating and managing Derr Logistics, Inc., in 1999.

Why am I running?

The bottom line is that I want to build a better future for Indiana and Hoosier families. I want to ensure that tomorrow and every day after is one filled with a confident hope and a collective vision of how to make our communities more prosperous, stronger, safer and more livable.

I have watched an unopposed Republican controlled Legislature squander away our opportunity to live the American Dream with giveaways to the rich at the expense of our local economy, our childrens education and our wages and benefits. It is time for strong leadership that will provide good paying jobs for Hoosiers, critical funding to ensure that our children are educated well by highly trained and motivated professionals, prevent the privatization of essential government services and stop the ridiculous attempts to deny healthcare to everyone who needs it.

The community in which I grew up gave so much to me. When I was a child we had a strong social safety net when times were difficult. I received an excellent education from public school, public television and radio, one of our great state universities as well as from our local library. I proudly served this country in the U.S. Navy. And, with a guaranteed loan from the Small Business Administration I started a successful business to support my family and created a few jobs for local people. I am grateful for these services and opportunities and I want to ensure that others have those same options for their future.

These opportunities are under attack and millions of Hoosiers will be unable to enjoy these basic benefits of citizenship if someone doesnt stand up in our defense. That is why I am running to be your Representative in the Indiana House and I guarantee you that I will represent and fight for each and every Hoosier from this district equally and equitably every single day.

My Goals

I will fight to defend public education, the children we are teaching and the professionals who dedicate their careers to our communities.

I will stand at the barricades to turn back the attack on our working people by right-wing interests funded by huge corporate accounts.

My DFA Values

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