Two Indiana U.S. representatives who supported the RV industry during summer congressional hearings on formaldehyde levels in travel trailers used as emergency housing have been re-elected.
U.S. Rep. Mark Souder, R-Fort Wayne, and Joe Donnelly, D-Granger, were returned to Washington, D.C., by substantial margins Tuesday, even though the week before the election Souder had been expected to have a close race.
“We’re very happy to see Congressmen Souder and Donnelly re-elected,” said Bill Baker, senior director of communications and publications for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA). “They’ve been great champions for our industry, and we look forward to working with them in the new Congress.”
RVIA sponsored October fund-raisers for both candidates in northern Indiana.
Souder garnered 55% of the vote against two other candidates, while Donnelly, who will begin his second term, defeated a single opponent with 67% of the ballots cast.
The two played pivotal roles in defending the RV industry at July hearings by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during which five high-level RV industry executives testified.