Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
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.  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.
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.
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.
In 2012, Daniels also wrote the introduction to ALEC's annual report on the status of free-market education in the United States.
Office of the Governor
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2797
Resources and articles
Related SourceWatch articles
- Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
- Boy Scouts of America Governors, organizational web page, accessed June 4, 2012.
- Nicholas Thompson, "Dick Cheney's Dick Cheney. Meet OMB Director Mitch Daniels: The most powerful man in the Bush administration you have never heard," Washington Monthly, July/August 2001.
- Brendan Nyhan, "Mitch Daniels' fuzzy math. The Bush budget director has a little problem with the truth," Salon, February 12, 2002.
- Report: Mitch Daniels Among 32 Subpoenaed in Securities Probe, Associated Press (truthout), May 7, 2003.
- "The Architects of War: Where Are They Now?" Think Progress, July 2007.