Birthdate: Sept. 6, 1954
Birth Place: Linton, IN, United States
Residence: Sandborn, IN
Gender: Male

Candidacy

Education

John Gregg was born in Linton, Ind., and now lives in Sandborn. He earned an undergraduate degree at Indiana University, then attended Indiana State University where he earned a master's and a law degree.

Gregg served in the Indiana House from 1986 to 2002, before announcing he would not seek re-election so he could spend more time raising his sons.

Since then he has served as an interim president for Vincennes University. He is a statehouse lobbyist for Bingham Greenbaum Doll.

In 2004, Gregg was diagnosed with and treated for prostate cancer. As of May 2012 he was cancer-free.

Gregg has been married and divorced twice. He has two sons from his second wife, Sherry Biddinger, an Indiana judge.

Profile

Former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg was called out of retirement in 2011 to run on the Democratic ticket for governor.

Indiana's Democratic Party cleared the field of any primary opponents for Gregg allowing him to focus his attacks exclusively on Republicans. Since entering the governor's race in May 2011, Gregg has positioned himself as a conservative Democrat.

He has struggled, however, to raise money in the Republican-dominated state. Rounding out the start of 2012, Gregg's Republican opponent Mike Pence outraised him roughly 3 to 1, pulling in $1.8 million to Gregg's $585,000. As of April 2012, Pence had $4.9 million in the bank and Gregg had $1.5 million.

In May 2012, Gregg tapped Indiana Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson as his running mate. The addition of Simpson, a veteran of the Indiana Senate and one of the state's most liberal lawmakers, was seen as a call for support from the party's base of liberal activists. Simpson, who ran for governor herself in the 2004 election, also adds fundraising prowess to the Democratic ticket.

Gregg and Simpson represent the two extremes of the Democratic Party in Indiana. Gregg is anti-abortion and opposes same sex marriage, while Simpson supports abortion rights and same sex marriage.

Gregg represents a strong but dwindling population of southern Indiana Democrats who are socially conservative and economic populists. Much of the district Gregg used to represent in the Indiana House is now represented by a Republican, and Indiana Democrats lost the House in 2010 based largely on Republican gains made along the Ohio River in southern Indiana.

As speaker of the Indiana House, Gregg led the approval of a massive tax restructuring in 2002 that increased the state's corporate income tax, expanded gaming operations and raised a series of taxes, including sales and cigarette taxes. The tax plan helped close a $1 billion gap in the state budget opened up by the national recession after the tech bubble burst.

That same year Gregg was named one of Governing Magazine's "public officials of the year" along with then-Republican House Minority Leader Brian Bosma for their work on the tax plan, even though both ultimately voted against the final package.

Gregg also co-authored a plan in 2002 with former Republican Senate President Pro Tem Bob Garton that granted lifetime health care benefits to former lawmakers

From 1996 to 2002, Gregg led a tightly split Indiana House, at one point sharing speaker duties with Republican Paul Mannweiler when the House was evenly split.

After leaving the House, Gregg ran Vincennes University from 2003 to 2004 as its interim president. He also hosted a syndicated radio show. In 2008, he wrote "From Sandborn to the Statehouse" about his career in Democratic politics.

Since leaving office Gregg has worked as a statehouse lobbyist at Bingham Greenbaum Doll.

Source: Associated Press

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