Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.

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Mitch Daniels (Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.) was the Republican governor of Indiana, serving two terms from 2005-2013. Previously he served as the first Director, Office of Management and Budget under President George Walker Bush. He was replaced in that position by Joshua B. Bolten. [1] Daniels became the president of Purdue University after his second gubernatorial term ended on January 14, 2013.

2012 State of the Union GOP Response

Governor Daniels was chosen to offer the Republican response to President Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union address. This came in the midst of his push to change labor laws to make Indiana a so-called "Right to Work" state.

Right-to-Work Legislation

Daniels attempted in 2011 and 2012 to stifle labor rights in the state; in 2011, Democratic lawmakers left Indiana to prevent a vote on the legislation. At that time, Daniels said “I think if you're going to try to do something that fundamental, you owe it to the public to have that kind of an airing first, and that has not happened here.”

A year later, Daniels pushed the same legislation. The bill is inspired by model legislation provided by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

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In 2012, Daniels also wrote the introduction to ALEC's annual report on the status of free-market education in the United States.

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Contact details

Office of the Governor
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2797
Phone: 317-232-4567

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  1. Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
  2. Boy Scouts of America Governors, organizational web page, accessed June 4, 2012.

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