|Governor of Indiana|
|Speaker, Indiana House of Representatives|
|1996 – 2002|
|Majority Leader, Indiana House of Representatives|
|1990 – 1992|
|Indiana House of Representatives|
|1986 – 2002|
|Date of birth||September 6, 1954|
|Place of birth||Sandborn, IN|
John Gregg was the Democratic candidate for Governor of Indiana in the 2012 elections. He is a former state Representative in Indiana and served as speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1996 through 2002.
Gregg officially announced his candidacy for the 2012 gubernatorial election on August 2, 2011. Known for his handlebar mustache, Gregg made the image a centerpiece of his campaign, putting a blue mustache on most campaign material and using it as the official campaign logo.
Gregg was born, and still lives, in Sandborn, Indiana. He worked as an attorney before running for public office and was first elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1986. He became the chamber's House Majority Leader in 1990 and was elected Speaker of the House in 1996. When he retired in 2002, Gregg was named a "Public Official of the Year" by Governing Magazine. After leaving office, he served for two years as interim President of Vincennes University before resuming his private law practice.
- North Knox High School (1972)
- Vincennes University (1974)
- Indiana University (1976)
- J.D., Indiana State University (1978)
- See also: Indiana gubernatorial election, 2012
Gregg was the Democratic candidate for Governor of Indiana. He ran unopposed in the May 8th primary election and lost to Mike Pence (R) in the November 6, 2012 general election. Rupert Boneham (L) and write-in candidate Donnie Harold Harris also ran.
|Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Indiana General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||John Gregg / Vi Simpson||46.6%||1,200,016|
|Republican||Mike Pence / Sue Ellspermann||49.5%||1,275,424|
|Libertarian||Rupert Boneham / Brad Klopfenstein||4%||101,868|
|Independent||Donnie Harold Harris / George Fish||0%||21|
|Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.|
|Governor of Indiana Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.|
- Economic Development:
Gregg said some parts of the state were not receiving equal benefits from state economic development programs. "We need to do everything that we can to promote Indiana's business, regardless of where they're located," he said.
- Health care:
On August 27, 2012, Gregg said he was leaning towards the creation of a hybrid healthcare exchange for Indiana, which would be operated jointly by the state and federal authorities. He said use of that model would allow some state control while being able to shift costs to the federal government.
The major issue of the 2012 campaign was jobs, with each candidate detailing their plan to get citizens back to work. Gregg said Indiana needed to examine its energy resources and that wind turbine parts should be manufactured in the state rather than overseas.
Gregg's endorsements included the following:
- IN AFL-CIO
Gregg lost the election to the position of Governor of Indiana in 2012. During that election cycle, Gregg raised a total of $6,472,738.
|Governor of Indiana 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to John Gregg's campaign in 2012|
|Democratic Governors Association||$484,165|
|Midwest Region Laborers||$300,000|
|Auto Workers Region 3||$260,000|
|Indiana State Teachers Association||$252,500|
|Indiana Regional Council of Carpenters||$150,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$6,472,738|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2002, Governing magazine named Gregg and Minority Leader Brian Bosma of the Indiana House of Representatives as two of eleven "Public Officials of the Year" for their collaboration in restructuring the state tax code. Other honorees included New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Each year since 1994, Governing has selected a handful of state and local officials to honor for standout job performance. The Public Officials of the Year program "recognizes leaders from state, city and county government who exemplify the ideals of public service."
- Gregg for Indiana
- Facebook campaign page
- Twitter campaign page
- YouTube campaign page
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994
- Courier Press, Democrat John Gregg enters Indiana gubernatorial race, Aug. 2, 2011
- The Republic, "Democrat Gregg's campaign for governor draws heavily on trademark handlebar mustache," November 20, 2011
- Gregg for Governor, "John's bio," accessed February 21, 2012
- Indiana Secretary of State, "Election results - Governor," accessed May 9, 2012
- South Bend Tribune, "Governors race ready to ramp up," May 13, 2012
- Courier-Journal, "Indiana gubernatorial candidate John Gregg backs health care hybrid," August 27, 2012
- The Herald Bulletin, "Ind. governor hopefuls detail jobs ideas for race," May 13, 2012
- Gregg for Governor, "IN AFL-CIO Endorses Gregg-Simpson Ticket," June 25, 2012
- Alan Greenblatt, Governing, "House Mates: Bipartisan Buddies Broker a Tax-Restructuring Bill," 2002
- Governing, "GOVERNING Announces 2012 Public Officials of the Year," October 19, 2012