The 2024 Indiana Governor Race: Meet the candidates

September 13, 2023 at 10:05 a.m.


This article is a part of a series sharing brief bios on the candidates for  the 2024 Governor of Indiana race.

Eric Doden (R)

About

“Every one of us is shaped by our upbringing and our experiences. My conservative values can be traced back to my faith, family, and small town roots. Then, through my days attending Hillsdale College, raising my own family, operating and starting businesses, and entering public service at the state and local level. Many Hoosiers share these common sense values. They are ready for leadership that fights for what actually works to improve lives. No rhetoric. Just Real. Results.” 

Education

Doden earned a bachelor’s from Hillsdale College and a law degree from Valparaiso University.

Political Experience

Doden has never held political office. However, he did run unsuccessfully in the 2011 GOP primary as a candidate for Fort Wayne mayor.

Professional Experience

Doden spent five years working for a sporting goods equipment company before working for his father’s firm. He eventually launched his own private equity firm, Domo Ventures LLC, to revitalize distressed rural communities.

In 2013, Gov. Mike Pence appointed him president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., where he helped launch the Regional Cities Initiative—later rebranded as the Regional Economic Acceleration Development Initiative—a program that leverages state tax dollars to attract private investment in economic development projects across the state.

Curtis Hill (R)

About

Curtis Hill is a lifelong Hoosier who has spent his entire life serving his community. Curtis has served as Indiana Attorney General and Elkhart County Prosecutor. As attorney general, Curtis ushered in a new era of accountability, stood up for the sanctity of life, defended churches and businesses from restrictive government shutdowns, and brought executive leadership to an office of government in desperate need of revival. Curtis lives in Elkhart, with his wife, Teresa, a schoolteacher. Curtis and Teresa have five children.

Education

B.S. Marketing, Indiana University Bloomington

J.D. Indiana University School of Law

Political Experience

Hill was the Attorney General of Indiana. He assumed office on Jan. 9, 2017. He left office on Jan. 11, 2021.

On March 19, 2019, the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission filed an administrative complaint against Hill, alleging he engaged in sexual battery. Hill denied the allegations. On May 11, 2020, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that Hill engaged in professional misconduct and suspended his law license for 30 days.

Professionial Experience

Hill initially worked as a private practice attorney and part-time prosecutor in Elkhart County before becoming deputy prosecuting attorney. He was elected to the position of prosecutor in 2002 and won re-election three times.

Hill served as president of the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys, vice president of the National District Attorneys Association, and a member of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney's Council Ethics Committee

This article is a part of a series sharing brief bios on the candidates for  the 2024 Governor of Indiana race.

Eric Doden (R)

About

“Every one of us is shaped by our upbringing and our experiences. My conservative values can be traced back to my faith, family, and small town roots. Then, through my days attending Hillsdale College, raising my own family, operating and starting businesses, and entering public service at the state and local level. Many Hoosiers share these common sense values. They are ready for leadership that fights for what actually works to improve lives. No rhetoric. Just Real. Results.” 

Education

Doden earned a bachelor’s from Hillsdale College and a law degree from Valparaiso University.

Political Experience

Doden has never held political office. However, he did run unsuccessfully in the 2011 GOP primary as a candidate for Fort Wayne mayor.

Professional Experience

Doden spent five years working for a sporting goods equipment company before working for his father’s firm. He eventually launched his own private equity firm, Domo Ventures LLC, to revitalize distressed rural communities.

In 2013, Gov. Mike Pence appointed him president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., where he helped launch the Regional Cities Initiative—later rebranded as the Regional Economic Acceleration Development Initiative—a program that leverages state tax dollars to attract private investment in economic development projects across the state.

Curtis Hill (R)

About

Curtis Hill is a lifelong Hoosier who has spent his entire life serving his community. Curtis has served as Indiana Attorney General and Elkhart County Prosecutor. As attorney general, Curtis ushered in a new era of accountability, stood up for the sanctity of life, defended churches and businesses from restrictive government shutdowns, and brought executive leadership to an office of government in desperate need of revival. Curtis lives in Elkhart, with his wife, Teresa, a schoolteacher. Curtis and Teresa have five children.

Education

B.S. Marketing, Indiana University Bloomington

J.D. Indiana University School of Law

Political Experience

Hill was the Attorney General of Indiana. He assumed office on Jan. 9, 2017. He left office on Jan. 11, 2021.

On March 19, 2019, the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission filed an administrative complaint against Hill, alleging he engaged in sexual battery. Hill denied the allegations. On May 11, 2020, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that Hill engaged in professional misconduct and suspended his law license for 30 days.

Professionial Experience

Hill initially worked as a private practice attorney and part-time prosecutor in Elkhart County before becoming deputy prosecuting attorney. He was elected to the position of prosecutor in 2002 and won re-election three times.

Hill served as president of the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys, vice president of the National District Attorneys Association, and a member of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorney's Council Ethics Committee

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