Dr. SandersÕ work on the Ebola virus led to his participation in the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction AgencyÕs Biological Weapons Proliferation Prevention Program, a product of the Nunn-Lugar legislation. His responsibilities included inspecting the Vector laboratory in Siberia, which was the site of biological-weapons development in the era of the Soviet Union. He has investigated the transmission of viruses from other animals, especially birds, to humans and has been invited to speak on ethics, biodefense, evolution, gene therapy, vaccination and influenza viruses in public forums including regular interviews on WIBC in Indianapolis.
Todd Rokita Ñ R
Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is a committed pro-life conservative, an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment, and a fiscal hawk with a proven record of accomplishment as Secretary of State. He runs his office on the same general fund dollars (unadjusted for inflation) that Evan Bayh did in 1987, but with improved service to Hoosiers.
He has traveled to each county in Indiana at least once every year while in office and is deeply familiar with the people and issues of the 4th District. He and his wife Kathy made the 4th District their home five years ago.
Todd believes government will work best and serve citizens most effectively if it is limited, and if it embraces commonsense innovations and modern technologies. He has effectively redefined and modernized the Secretary of StateÕs office to empower Hoosier investors, businesses, and voters like never before. He is committed to ensuring an open, collaborative approach to government and fostering IndianaÕs economic strength and prosperity for the future by getting government out of the way Ñ particularly of job-generating small business entrepreneurs.
As IndianaÕs chief election official, Todd has overseen Indiana elections during a decade that was among the most significant in terms of sweeping, innovative reforms in generations. Through his initiatives, Indiana has become a leader throughout the country in voting reform and legislation, and he is often invited by leaders in other states and members of Congress to speak on election security issues, and was elected by his peers to serve as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) from 2007-08.