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White House budget director to speak here

The 65th annual Lincoln Day Banquet, sponsored by the Harrison County Republicans, will be held Friday, April 25.
“Five years ago, in 1998, we committed that we would celebrate the 60th Lincoln Day Banquet in style and attempt to make it the grandest ever,” said Larry D. Shickles, chairman of the Harrison County Republican Central Committee. “We were excited when we were able to attract former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole as our speaker. It was an exciting day …
“Now, in preparation for the 65th annual banquet,” Shickles said, “we have been successful in outdoing ourselves again,” as they have secured the honorable Mitch Daniels, the White House budget director, as the guest speaker.
Daniels is often mentioned as a possible GOP gubernatorial candidate in 2004, although he has not announced a decision yet.
“This should be an even more exciting evening for Harrison County Republicans” than the 1998 banquet, Shickles said.
“Mitch Daniels is expected to deliver a powerful message as well as a message from President Bush,” Shickles said. “We are certainly excited at the opportunity this affords Harrison County. This will certainly be an exciting Lincoln Day Banquet.”
The banquet begins at 7 p.m. on April 25 at the Old Capitol United Methodist Church south of downtown Corydon. Tickets are $15 per person and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited.
The Republicans will host a private reception prior to the banquet. Tickets, which cost $50 per couple or $30 for individuals, are very limited, Shickles said.
Daniels moved to Indiana with his family when he was 11 years old and graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis. After graduating from Princeton University, he earned a law degree from Georgetown University.
While at Princeton, Daniels worked on William Ruckelshaus’ 1968 Senate campaign and later joined Indianapolis Mayor Richard Lugar’s staff in 1971. Daniels went on to serve as executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee before going to the White House as an assistant to President Ronald Reagan.
In 1987, Daniels was named president and chief executive officer of the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank in Indianapolis.
Since 1997, Daniels served as senior vice president of corporate strategy and policy for Eli Lilly & Co. He was responsible for overseeing corporate strategic decision-making, merger and acquisition activities and corporate affairs on a global basis.
President George W. Bush selected Daniels to serve as his director of the Office of Management and Budget, heading one of the largest White House executive offices, which annually prepares the president’s budget proposals to Congress. As the director, Daniels is also part of Bush’s national security advisor team.
Daniels and his wife, Cheri, have four daughters.
For more information about the Lincoln Day Banquet or to order tickets, call the Republican Headquarters at 738-9696 or Edith Davis at 738-2845.