At 15, John created his first job after purchasing a local soda shoppe in his hometown. He worked his way up from that small soda shoppe to work for two Fortune 500 companies and earned a law degree while working his way through night school.
As a former president of Vincennes University, John understands that in order to have good jobs, we also need a well-educated and well-trained workforce.
Finally, as a former Speaker of the Indiana House, John has cut taxes, invested in education, and balanced the budget, all in a bi-partisan way. As governor, he will focus on creating jobs and strengthening our economy, not divisive social issues.
Rupert Boneham - L
Greg Zoeller - R
Kay Fleming - D
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
Tony Bennett - R
Dr. Tony Bennett is a dedicated husband and father of four children — including one set of triplets. He has dedicated his professional life to education, working as a teacher, coach, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. This experience has provided Tony a firm understanding of the important role education plays in the lives of Hoosier children, both for this generation of students and those that follow.
Upon his election as Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2008, Tony set high expectations for all Indiana students. These objectives include achieving a 90 percent graduation rate, a 25 percent pass rate for high school students taking advanced placement coursework, and a 90 percent pass rate for both the state’s English and Math assessments.
Working closely with Gov. Mitch Daniels and the Indiana General Assembly, Tony led efforts to improve Indiana’s education system. The most important changes focus on ensuring that every classroom in Indiana has an effective teacher and every child can read by the time he or she leaves the third grade.