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John Gregg
John Gregg.jpg
Candidate for
Governor of Indiana
Speaker, Indiana House of Representatives
1996 – 2002
Majority Leader, Indiana House of Representatives
1990 – 1992
Prior offices
Indiana House of Representatives
1986 – 2002
Date of birthSeptember 6, 1954
Place of birthSandborn, IN
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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.

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Gregg officially announced his candidacy for the 2012 gubernatorial election on August 2, 2011.[1] 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.[2]


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.[3]


  • North Knox High School (1972)
  • Vincennes University (1974)
  • Indiana University (1976)
  • JD, 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.[4]

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Indiana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Gregg / Vi Simpson 46.6% 1,200,016
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pence / Sue Ellspermann 49.5% 1,275,424
     Libertarian Rupert Boneham / Brad Klopfenstein 4% 101,868
     Independent Donnie Harold Harris / George Fish 0% 21
Total Votes 2,577,329
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.

Governor of Indiana Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Gregg 100% 207,365
Total Votes 207,365
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.

Issue positions

  • 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.[5]

  • 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.[6]

  • Jobs:

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.[7]


Gregg's endorsements included the following:

  • IN AFL-CIO[8]

Campaign donors

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.


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.[9] 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."[10]

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