Mitchell Elias "Mitch" Daniels, Jr. (born April 7, 1949) is the president of Purdue University and was the 49th Governor of the U.S. state of Indiana. A Republican, he began his first four-year term as governor on January 10, 2005, and was reelected to his second term by an 18-point margin, on November 4, 2008, receiving the most votes for statewide office in Indiana history. Previously, he was the Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush. He was formerly Senior Vice President of Eli Lilly and Company, Indiana's largest corporation, where he was in charge of the corporation's business strategy. He was widely speculated to be a candidate for President of the United States in 2012 before choosing not to run. He is the author of the best selling book Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans. On June 21, 2012, he was selected to be President of Purdue University after his current term as Governor ended on January 14, 2013.