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Mitch Elias Daniels (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 4/7/1949 (Monongahela, PA)
Race: White
Religion: Presbyterian
Residence: Indianapolis, IN
Education: BA in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; JD in Law from Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Occupation: Former Pharmaceutical Company Executive
Office Type: Indiana Governor 

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Mitch Daniels was born in Pennsylvania, and also lived in Georgia and Tennessee before his family moved to Indiana when he was in grade school.

He graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis in 1967 and earned a bachelor's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1971. He received a law degree from Georgetown University in 1979.

At Princeton, Daniels held various views on the Vietnam War. Student and health deferments and a high lottery number kept him out of the draft. As a student, he was once arrested and fined $350 for using marijuana.

Daniels began his political career working in various capacities for Dick Lugar when Lugar was mayor of Indianapolis in the early to mid-1970s. He followed Lugar to the U.S. Senate, serving as his chief of staff during his first eight years.

In the mid-1980s, Daniels served as an adviser to President Reagan and was the administration's liaison to state and local offices. Reagan appointed him to the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and later as director of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Daniels returned to Indiana in 1987 as chief executive of the Hudson Institute, a conservative think thank that had moved to Indianapolis a few years earlier. In 1990 he joined senior management at pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co., and later became its president of North American operations. Daniels acquired much of his personal wealth while at Lilly.

He listed his net worth a few years ago at $15.7 million. He disclosed the figure as part of confirmation proceedings he went through in becoming White House budget director under President Bush in 2001. Of the total, $8.8 million was in stocks, almost $5.4 million was in retirement plans and the rest was from real estate and other assets.

During his more than two years as White House budget director, Daniels oversaw the nation's $2.1 trillion budget and clashed frequently with Congress over spending. Bush nicknamed him "The Blade" for trying to protect taxpayers from excessive spending, but in an interview in 2002, Daniels said it should be "Pinata" because, "Some folks think if they can knock my head off, all the goodies in town will fall out."

During his tenure, annual federal surpluses reverted to huge deficits, something he and other administration officials have largely blamed on a weak economy and the costs of the war and fighting terrorism. Democrats say the Bush tax cuts also were to blame.

Daniels is an elder at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, and has served as trustee or director of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Freedom House, and other institutions. He and his wife, Cheri, have four daughters _ Meagan, Melissa, Meredith and Maggie.

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Despite his many years involved with politics, Mitch Daniels has never sought elected office before. He won the May 4 GOP gubernatorial primary over conservative activist Eric Miller, capturing 66 percent of the vote.

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