Chera LaForge, Ph.D.

Indiana University East

Phone: 7659738304

Address: 244 Tom Raper Hall, 2325 Chester Boulevard

City: RICHMOND, Indiana - 47374

Country: United States

About Me:

I am an associate professor of Political Science at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2012 and my undergraduate education at Northern Michigan University in 2006. My current research interests include Congress and legislative behavior. My dissertation explored the influence of progressive ambition on legislative behavior and fundraising. I am also interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and research on administration of online programs.

Research Interests

Legislative Politics

Specific Areas of Interest

Political Ambition

Legislative Behavior

Policy Agendas

Campaigns And Elections

Tea Party

Countries of Interest

United States


Journal Articles:

(2019) Drinking the Tea: The Tea Party Movement and Legislative Agendas in the U.S. Senate, Congress and the Presidency

Tags: Legislative Politics

This article empirically investigates the impact of the Tea Party movement in the U.S. Congress by examining senatorial legislative agendas, including bill and resolution introductions and cosponsorships. Specifically, we test how senators responded to the Tea Party movement by increasing their attention to specific Tea Party issues. Our analysis accounts for state-level and electoral factors, including the level of grassroots Tea Party activity in a senator’s home state and the presence of a Tea Party primary challenger. Our findings indicate that the Tea Party led Republican senators to focus more on economically conservative issues in their legislative agendas, and that this impacted the Republican Conference as a whole. Our study of the Tea Party movement in the Senate highlights how national forces can shape legislative activity in Congress.

Media Appearances:

Radio Appearances:

(2018) 101.7 The Point

The Wake Up Call Morning Radio Show

Newspaper Quotes:

(2018) Vox

Indiana’s expensive and nasty Republican Senate primary, explained

(2018) Vox

Mike Braun wins Indiana’s Republican Senate primary, after outspending his opponents

(2018) Indiana Business Journal

Trump could continue to be big focus in Braun vs. Donnelly race for Senate