New Indiana state treasurer takes office early

Kelly Mitchell. (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Kelly Mitchell has taken office early as Indiana’s state treasurer to fill the final weeks of Richard Mourdock’s term.

Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday his appointment of Mitchell to the office to which she won election this month to a full four-year term starting in January.

Mitchell replaces interim treasurer Daniel Huge. Mourdock resigned before the end of his second term in August, shortly before a cut in retirement benefits for state workers took effect.

Mitchell was a surprise winner of the Republican nomination during this summer’s state party convention, beating out establishment and tea party-backed candidates.

Mitchell was an investment fund director in the treasurer’s office before stepping down to campaign full time. She previously served two terms as a Cass County commissioner. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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