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State Treasurer Richard Mourdock Resigns

State Treasurer Richard Mourdock is barred from seeking re-election this year because of term limits.

Richard Mourdock

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Republican Richard Mourdock, when he was a candidate for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat, participated in a debate with Democrat Joe Donnelly and Libertarian Andrew Horning i in New Albany, Ind., Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012.

State Treasurer Richard Mourdock is resigning, just four months before he is set to leave office because of term limits.

Mourdock says he is leaving to “pursue other professional interests.”

The controversial Republican made headlines in 2012, first when he beat long-time incumbent Richard Lugar in the U.S. Senate primary.

He then lost to Democrat Joe Donnelly in the fall after comments in a debate calling pregnancies resulting from rape  a “gift from God.”

As Treasurer, Mourdock in 2009 filed a lawsuit to block the federal government’s bailout of Chrysler.

Governor Mike Pence Friday announced that Daniel Huge, chief financial officer of the Indiana Finance Authority, will temporarily replace Mourdock.

Pence says Huge’s appointment is only to ensure continuity of service and that a permanent replacement, who will serve out the remainder of Mourdock’s term, will come later.

State Democratic Party Chair John Zody criticized the resignation, saying the GOP has turned statewide offices into a revolving door.

Mourdock’s decision to step down comes just as public pension benefits are set to decrease, which has led to a significant uptick in public employee retirements.

Mourdock’s resignation is effective immediately.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Bob Eckert

    Thank God this wingnut is on the way out. Just remember what it was that he said: God intends for rape victims to no only get raped but to get pregnant and have the child. But I also thank God that he did say it because it got us a fine Senator, Joe Donnelly.

  • Daniel

    So a Tea Party Republican who hates government employees and their generous benefits is stepping down early so that he can keep his generous government pension benefits.

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