Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. has joined The Washington Post as a contributing columnist. Daniels, the current president of Purdue University and the former governor of Indiana, will offer commentary and analysis on public policy topics.

“Mitch is one of the nation’s most creative, incisive thinkers across a wide range of public-policy topics,” said Fred Hiatt, Editorial Page Editor. “I’m delighted that he’s agreed to share his perspective with our readers on issues in government, education and beyond.”

Daniels was elected Indiana’s 49th governor in 2004 in his first bid for any elected office, and then re-elected in 2008 with more votes than any candidate for public office in the state’s history. In recognition of his leadership as both a governor and a university president, Daniels was named among the Top 50 World Leaders by Fortune Magazine in March 2015. Prior to becoming governor, Daniels served as chief of staff to Senator Richard Lugar, senior advisor to President Ronald Reagan, and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush.  He also was the CEO of the Hudson Institute, a major contract research organization.  During an 11-year career at Eli Lilly and Company, he held a number of top executive posts including president of Eli Lilly’s North American pharmaceutical operations.