By Brian Howey
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Jan 11, 2013, 03:47 PM EST
"I truly believe the first characteristic or leadership in a free society is humility," he said. "I intend to approach this job from the standpoint of servant leadership. I am grateful for the majorities that the people of Indiana awarded our party in the House and Senate. But I intend from day one to reach out to the leadership of both political parties in both chambers and make it clear our door is open."
Pence comes into office swaddled in history. You have to go back to the FDR landslide year of 1932 to find an Indiana governor - Paul McNutt - with super majorities in both the Indiana House and Senate. There were super majorities in 1974 after the Republican Watergate debacle, but while the chambers were profoundly Democratic, Republican Doc Bowen was governor.
Pence, with all apologies to Joe Donnelly, could take a "my way or the highway" approach, but at least rhetorically he's not.
A good example was his meeting with incoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz, the Indianapolis Democrat school teacher who upset Tony Bennett in November. Bennett and Daniels had achieved the sprawling education reforms two years earlier, but changes like A through F grading of local schools proved to be too much change for some.
Pence and Ritz have since charmed each other.
"We talked particularly about making career-oriented vocational education in high school a goal," said Pence, who will resist rolling back the Bennett reforms. "We found out this was something she was talking about completely independently from what I was talking about."
Ritz, too, found common ground with Pence. Her M.O. won't be to roll back the laws - impossible with the GOP super majorities anyway - but to work on literacy and Pence's goal of expanding vocational education to match regional employment needs.
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