ENG: Richard E. Mourdock (born October 8, 1951) is the 53rd Treasurer of State of the U.S. State of Indiana and the Republican nominee for United States Senate election in Indiana, 2012. He began his term as treasurer on February 10, 2007 and was re-elected in November 2010. Mourdock became the Republican nominee for a United States Senate seat from Indiana in the 2012 election after he defeated incumbent Senator Richard Lugar in the primary election.
Early life, education, and business career
Murdock was born on October 8, 1951 in Wauseon, Ohio. He graduated from Defiance College in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Systems and from Ball State University in 1975 with a Master of Arts degree in Geology.
Afterwards, Mourdock took a position as a field geologist with AMAX Coal Company and was ultimately promoted to Surface Mine Geology Project Coordinator until his departure from the company in 1979.
From 1979 to 1984, Mourdock was employed by Standard Oil of Ohio as a Senior Geologist and ultimately became Chief Geologist for the company. In 1984, Mourdock accepted a position with Koester Companies in Evansville, Indiana. For sixteen years, Mourdock served as Vice President of the company's coal subsidiary and eventually became Vice President of Business Development for the parent company. In addition, Mourdock served as a Trustee for the company's employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). In 2000, Mourdock founded a successful environmental consulting business and provided various services to numerous clients until being elected as Indiana's State Treasurer in 2006.
He is a pilot and avid runner who has completed several marathons.
He was a Christian missionary in Bolivia, rides motorcycles, and is a history enthusiast.
Early political career (1988-2002) - Congressional elections
Mourdock ran for the congressional seat of Indiana's 8th congressional district in 1988, 1990, and 1992. In 1988 he was defeated in the Republican primary. In 1990 and 1992 he won the Republican nomination but was defeated by Democrat Frank McCloskey in the general election, 55–45% and 53-45%, respectively.
From 1995 to 2002, Mourdock was elected to Vanderburgh County's Board of Commissioners. Vanderburgh County's population is approximately 169,000, and is the seventh largest county in the State of Indiana. At various times as a County Commissioner, Mourdock was President of the County Commission, the Vanderburgh County Drainage Board, and the Vanderburgh County Zoning Board.
2002 Secretary of State election
In 2002, Mourdock sought the Republican nomination for Indiana Secretary of State -- a position chosen at the party's convention.
At the end of the first round of balloting, Mourdock led his opponents in delegates, garnering 720 to Todd Rokita's 670. Rokita ultimately surpassed Mourdock and won on the third ballot, 847 to 753.
State Treasurer (2007-Present) - 2006 election
In 2006, he won the statewide election for Indiana Treasurer, defeating Michael W. Griffin, 52%-48%. He won most of the counties in the northern portion of the state.
Mourdock took office as Indiana State Treasurer in February 2007. As Treasurer, Mourdock filed suit unsuccessfully in 2009 against the Obama Administration's bailout of the U.S.
automotive industry, contending that Chrysler's creditors, including three Indiana state funds, did not get a sufficient return on their investments.
He was re-elected in November 2010 against radio talk show host Peter Buttigieg, 62%-38%, receiving more than 1,000,000 votes.
2012 U.S. Senate election
On February 22, 2011, Mourdock announced he would challenge incumbent Richard Lugar in the Republican primary for the 2012 Indiana U.S Senate election. At the announcement Mourdock stated,
“Hoosiers want more than a globe-trotting Senator, they want a Senator who routinely holds town hall meetings not to talk but to listen. They want a Senator who will walk the parade routes, visit the county fairs and festivals, and who will eat pork tenderloin and an ear of corn. They told me over and over again that they want a Senator who comes back home."
Additionally, Mourdock released a list of 12 Republican State Central Committee members and 67 GOP County Chairs who publicly endorsed him.
Mourdock has been endorsed by several conservative interest groups, including the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, Citizens United and the Tea Party Express.
On May 8, 2012, Mourdock defeated Richard Lugar in the Republican U.S.
Senate primary, capturing just over 60% of the vote.
Mourdock received strong support from the Tea Party Movement and campaigned as a more authentic conservative than Lugar. Mourdock's campaign criticized Lugar's willingness to work with Democratic lawmakers.