Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell
54th Treasurer of Indiana
Assumed office
November 18, 2014
GovernorMike Pence
Eric Holcomb
Preceded byRichard Mourdock
Personal details
BornLogansport, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Larry Mitchell
Children2
EducationValparaiso University (BA)
Indiana University, Indianapolis (MA)

Kelly Mitchell is the current Indiana State Treasurer. She was elected on November 4, 2014. She took office early on November 18, 2014. She replaced interim Treasurer, Daniel Huge, who took over after Richard Mourdock resigned.[1] Mitchell was an at-large delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Indiana. All 57 delegates from Indiana were bound by state party rules to support Donald Trump at the convention.[2]

Biography[edit]

Before becoming Treasurer of Indiana, Mitchell served as Director of TrustINdiana from November 2007 to August 2014. Her office was part of the State Treasurer's office. Before becoming Director of TrustINdiana, She served as Cass County Commissioner from January 1997 to September 2004.[3] During her tenure as Commissioner, she served as President of the Board of Commissioners for five years and was named First-Term Commissioner of the Year by the Association of County Commissioners. Treasurer Mitchell also served on the State Board of the Association of County Commissioners for three years, and as a member of the County Government Senate Study Commission. As Commissioner, she served seven years on the Logansport-Cass County Economic Development Foundation and as President of the Foundation for one year. She founded and co-chaired Cass County "Make a Difference Day", managing hundreds of volunteers and dozens of projects every year.[4]

Election[edit]

Mitchell filed her candidacy for State Treasurer in 2013.[5] Two other candidates vied for the position. Financial advisor and candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010 and for Indiana's 6th congressional district in 2012 Don Bates and Marion Mayor and candidate for Indiana's 5th congressional district in 2012 Wayne Seybold.[6] In the Republican primary convention, the first ballot was a "relative toss-up" and although no candidate won a majority on the second ballot, Mitchell gained votes. Bates, who was in third place, was dropped after the second ballot.[7] Mitchell won the third ballot, by 860 votes to 497.[8] She defeated her Democratic opponent, former member of the Illinois House of Representatives and candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 2010 Mike Boland on November 4, 2014.[9]

Tenure[edit]

In July 2017, Mitchell announced the launch of INvestABLE Indiana which is a savings program for disabled Hoosiers.[10] Prior to this, people with disabilities who saved more than $2,000 could lose government benefits. Now, they can use the plan to save $14,000 a year, and keep $100,000 in the account. In order to qualify, a person must have the onset of disability before the age of 26. They must also be receiving Social Security benefits.[11]

Personal[edit]

Mitchell resides in Indianapolis, with her husband Larry, and they have a blended family of four children and two grandchildren.

Education[edit]

Kelly holds a B.A. in Political Science from Valparaiso University and a M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from IUPUI. She is an alumna of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series. During the summer of 2015, Treasurer Mitchell completed The Commandant’s National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She has also been selected to participate in the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership.[12]

Awards[edit]

  • First Term Commissioner of the Year, Cass County Commission, 2000
  • Woman of the Year, Cass County Republican Party, 2000
  • Sagamore of the Wabash by then-Governor Mike Pence, 2016
  • Torchbearer Award by the Indiana Commission for Women, 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press, @ap Published 2:26 p.m. ET November 18, 2014 (November 18, 2014). "Indiana state Treasurer Kelly Mitchell takes office early". Usatoday.com. Retrieved September 27, 2018.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Kelly Mitchell". Ballotpedia. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  3. ^ https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellyforindiana/
  4. ^ "Indiana Treasurer of State: About the Treasurer". In.gov. November 4, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kelly Mitchell Files Candidacy for Indiana State Treasurer". Tristatehomepage.com. February 3, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  6. ^ "Marion Mayor Announces Run For Indiana Treasurer | News". Indiana Public Media. June 4, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Bueter, Sean (June 7, 2014). "GOP Nominates Secretary Of State, Auditor, Treasurer | News". Indiana Public Media. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Kelly Mitchell wins GOP nod for Indiana treasurer on 3rd ballot". Indystar.com. June 7, 2014. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  9. ^ Smith, Brandon (November 4, 2014). "Kelly Mitchell Wins Race For Indiana Treasurer | News". Indiana Public Media. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "State To Launch Savings Program For Disabled Hoosiers". Wfyi.org. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  11. ^ WANE Staff Reports (July 27, 2017). "Indiana launches savings program for disabled Hoosiers". Wane.com. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  12. ^ "State Financial Officers Foundation – Treasurer Kelly Mitchell". Statefinancialofficers.org. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel Huge
Acting
Treasurer of Indiana
2014–present
Incumbent