Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock Friday announced his resignation, four months before his term expires.
Mourdock was set to leave office at the end of the year, term-limited from running again. Instead, he resigns effective Friday to, in his words, “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.”
Speaker Brian Bosma says Republican state Representative Eric Turner should have recused himself completely from discussions last session on legislation that significantly impacted his family’s nursing home business.
Bosma announced Friday that Turner will no longer be part of the House GOP leadership team.
Eric Turner and his son Zeke have significant financial stakes in the nursing home business. Zeke owns and runs nursing home management and construction companies, one of which Turner has financial interests in.
The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday Indiana’s No Child Left Behind waiver will extend through the 2014-2015 school year.
Indiana’s waiver was put on conditional status in May, with the federal government pointing to the state’s college and career ready standards, focus on failing schools and teacher evaluations as areas of concern.