A native of South Bend, John Broden was elected to the Indiana State Senate in November of 2000.
Serving as the ranking Democrat on the Senate's Appropriations Committee, Broden also serves on Elections; Judiciary; and the Tax and Fiscal Policy standing committees as well as the Courts and Juvenile Justice Subcommittee. Additionally, Broden serves on the State Budget Committee. In 2007, Broden served as one of five voting members of the Legislative Study Committee on property taxes.
Broden is a practicing attorney and is of counsel to the law firm of Leone Halpin, LLP. His areas of practice include Adoption law and Social Security Disability. He served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of South Bend from 2001 to 2012 defending police officers in Section 1983 and police misconduct litigation.
Prior to joining the Senate, Broden served as a member of the South Bend Common Council and was the City Attorney for the City of South Bend. He also served as law clerk to Indiana Supreme Court Justice Roger O. DeBruler.
A graduate of South Bend Saint Joseph's High School, Broden went on to earn his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from Indiana University in Bloomington. The senator is married to Josephine Marie Maternowski and has three children, Ana Marie, John Francis, and Charles.