Tonya (Tonya) Pfaff (D-043)

State Representative Tonya Pfaff

Tonya (Tonya) Pfaff (D-043)
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Capitol: 317.233.5248
FAX: 317.232.9795
District: 812.240.5725
Room 336-14 State House 200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786
200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786
Residence:Terre Haute, IN

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As a native and enduring resident of Terre Haute, Tonya Pfaff is committed to the ideals of family, education and service as the foundation of a strong community. She is the only daughter of Nancy and Fred Nation. With three brothers, she grew up in a highly competitive family, whether it be in academics, sports or community service. Tonya's elementary education was at St. Ann School, where one of her teachers was her mother, Nancy, who inspired her to become a teacher. At an early age, she became a competitive softball player, including traveling nationally with her Miss Softball America team. Tonya also became the first female to play on a traditionally boys soccer team in Terre Haute. Then, at Chauncey Rose Junior High, she started her basketball career which blossomed at Terre Haute North Vigo High School where she became the county scoring leader, while also earning eight varsity letters in three sports. She was then recruited to play basketball at West Point Military Academy and after 18 months away, transferred to Saint Mary-of the-Woods College (SMWC) where she played for the Pomeroys. Tonya is a graduate of SMWC with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and secondary education, and subsequently earned a master's degree in educational administration, curriculum and supervision from the University of Oklahoma. After college, she spent a year teaching English in Tajimi, Japan, Terre Haute's sister city. Upon returning to Terre Haute, she taught math and coached for three years at Terre Haute South Vigo. Tonya married Chris Pfaff, an Indiana University graduate and US Army officer, in 1994, and they were soon reassigned to an active duty position in Germany. During his military career, Chris has served in South Korea, Oklahoma, Germany, Afghanistan and Kuwait, and retired at the rank of Colonel. Tonya and Chris have four children- Griffin, recently graduated Purdue University and will be joining the Air Force as a pilot; Anne, a senior at Indiana University and wants to save the environment; Greta, a junior at Indiana State University, living her best life; and Kate, a junior at Terre Haute North Vigo. While raising this active family in Terre Haute for the past 20 years, Tonya has continued her career, teaching math for 3 years at Terre Haute South, 15 years at West Vigo High School and for the last 8 years, at Terre Haute North Vigo. Tonya sought her first elective office in 2018 with the goal of helping to address public education challenges in Indiana, and is committed to bringing greater economic development to Terre Haute, West Terre Haute, and Seelyville.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 2018    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Chris   
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