Gov. Daniels' new portrait unveiled


As Gov. Mitch Daniels is wrapping up his time in office, a new portrait has been unveiled at the Statehouse.

The governor's official portrait was made public Tuesday morning. Daniels appears as a man at work wearing a button down shirt and Paisley tie, but lacking the suit coat found in other governor's portraits. The painting shows Daniels leaning lightly on a chair and holding a pen symbolic of his priorities he signed into law.

Daniels said at the ceremony he would have rather had a painting large enough to include all the aides and state leaders who worked closely with him. He says he hopes Hoosiers will look back on him and see a man who "fulfilled good intentions."

The Republican will become Purdue University's president when his eight years as governor end in January.

The painting will eventually become part of the governor's portrait collection in the Indiana State Museum, but for the time being it will be housed in the lobby of the governor's Statehouse office.

A Lafayette native, Richard Halstead, has been working on the portrait since January.

Private funds cover the cost of the portrait.

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