Gov. Daniels Unsure If He Can Lobby For Purdue
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana state law prevents elected officials from the executive branch working as lobbyists for at least a year after they leave office.
There are some questions, however, if or how that may apply to Governor Mitch Daniels in his upcoming job as the president of Purdue University, and whether or not he can lobby state lawmakers for funding.
“If it even arguably applies to me I’ll lean to the side of caution,” Daniels told reporters over the weekend.
Trustees Keith Krach and Mike Bergoff appeared with the governor in Indianapolis to talk a bit about the year-long process of the university’s search for a new leader.
“The big focus for us is we were looking for absolutely the best leader we could find,” Krach said.
The names of the other two finalists are remaining unidentified.
Berghoff said the university spent a year in talks with Governor Daniels before he took the job as the university’s president after his term as governor ends in January.
“It really shined a positive light on the university and it’s exactly what we are accustomed to doing and what we expected,” he said.
Daniels will not be subject to the mandatory retirement when he reaches the age of 65 in two years, as the contract has a waiver.
The university and Daniels have not reached an agreement yet on his pay. Daniels has said he will finish his final term as governor through January before going to work at Purdue.