Mother: Dorothy Mae (Wilkes) Daniels
Marriage: Cheri (Herman) Daniels (1997-present and May 20, 1978-1994, divorced)
Children: Margaret; Meredith; Melissa; Meagan
Education: Princeton University, B.A., 1971; Georgetown University, J.D., 1979
Daniels is a motorcycle enthusiast and rides a Harley Davidson.
Daniels has worked in the presidential administrations of Ronald Reagan
and George W. Bush.
He is known for being fiscally responsible, balancing Indiana's budget in his first term, cutting expenditures wherever possible and having a surplus over multiple years.
1970 - Is arrested for possession of marijuana while at Princeton University. He spends two nights in jail and pays a $350 fine.
1971-1976 - Serves as aide and later adviser to Indianapolis Mayor Richard Lugar.
1977-1983 - Serves as Chief of Staff to Senator Richard Lugar (R-Indiana).
1983-1984 - Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
Serves as senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan.
1987-1990 - Chief Executive Officer, Hudson Institute.
1990-2001 - Executive at Eli Lilly.
2001-2003 - Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
2004 - Is elected the 49th governor of Indiana.
June 21, 2012 -
Purdue University announces
Daniels has been unanimously elected to be the school's next president.
January 15, 2013 -
Daniels starts his position as president of Purdue University
January 27, 2015 -
Daniels authors a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, "How Student Debt Harms the Economy."
He writes that there is "evidence that it's not just consumer spending that these debts are denting, but also economic dynamism."