Richard Mourdock was elected Indiana’s State Treasurer in November 2006 and was re-elected in 2010, leading the Republican ticket with over 62% of the vote. As Treasurer, Richard has been an integral part of the state’s fiscal health. Richard’s leadership earned over $1.3 billion in investment income for taxpayers and successfully expanded the state’s college savings plan. At the same time, his office has returned an average of 10% of his budget back to the Treasury each year.
Richard is known nation-wide for leading the legal fight to challenge the Obama Administration’s illegal bailout and takeover of Chrysler. Richard took this case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Indiana pensioners. His courageous efforts were featured in articles by George Will, the Wall Street Journal, as well as on Fox News and other national media outlets.
A solid conservative, Richard is a popular speaker at Republican events and Tea Party rallies alike. Richard’s conservative message of constitutionally limited government was heard by over one million people during the 9-12 March on Washington in 2009.
Prior to his election as State Treasurer, Richard had a successful 30 year career in the private sector, managing businesses in the energy, environmental and construction industries. He also served two terms as County Commissioner of Vanderburgh County.
Richard is a licensed pilot, has been active in Christian Missions in Bolivia, holds a Master’s Degree in Geology from Ball State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Defiance College in Ohio. Richard has completed six marathons in the past eight years. He and his wife, Marilyn, live in Darmstadt, Indiana.
Richard’s Stand on the Issues
Eliminate Wasteful Spending
Richard will vote to put an end to wasteful “earmark” spending and will make balancing the federal budget by cutting spending his top priority. Richard has already proposed a plan which cuts federal spending by 7.6 trillion and balances the budget in ten years.
Richard believes that Obamacare is unconstitutional and wrong for America. As a U.S. Senator, he will work to ensure that it is repealed immediately.
Secure our Borders
Richard opposes the DREAM Act and any other legislation that would provide amnesty for illegal immigrants. He believes that we must act immediately to secure our borders and enforce the law.
Richard is unapologetically pro-life and will work to stop federal funding for abortion. He believes that Roe v. Wade represents a serious misreading of the original intent of those who established our Constitution.
Stop Liberal Judges
Richard believes that judges should respect the original intent of the Founders when interpreting the meaning of the Constitution. He will oppose the appointment of activist liberal justices like Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Stand up for the 2nd Amendment
Richard has earned an “A” rating from the NRA. He understands that gun control does not equal crime control and that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right guaranteed by the Constitution.
Reducing Taxes and Eliminating the IRS
Richard supports the elimination of the IRS and moving our system of taxation away from a system that taxes income and productivity to a system that taxes consumption. The federal tax code has become too complicated with too many loopholes and is not a fair and efficient system of raising revenue. Even more important, is that any new tax system be combined with cuts in spending and a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution that also places a cap on future spending as a percentage of GDP. Taking these steps is the key to restoring permanent economic growth.
Supporting a Strong National Defense and our Military Veterans
Richard supports our men and women in uniform and believes that a strong national defense is the best strategy to deter aggression. Richard believes that military force should be used only when a vital national interest is at stake and that any U.S. mission should come with clearly defined goals and objectives. Richard supports our Veterans and Wounded Warriors and will work to ensure that our Nation makes good on its commitment to those who have risked everything in the service of their Country.
Our Founding Fathers never meant for the U.S. Senate to be a lifetime job. Richard supports term limits for members of the U.S. House and Senate.