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John Massie Mutz (born November 5, 1935) is an American business leader and politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, Republican candidate for Governor and president of Lilly Endowment, one of America's largest family foundations.

John Mutz
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Mutz at Purdue University in 1987
45th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
In office
January 12, 1981 – January 9, 1989
Preceded byRobert D. Orr
Succeeded byFrank O'Bannon
Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 31st district
In office
November 8, 1972 – November 19, 1980
Preceded byWilfrid John Ullrich[1]
Succeeded byDan Burton
Member of the Indiana Senate
from the 19th district
In office
November 3, 1971 – November 8, 1972
Preceded byWillie Warren Hill Jr.[2]
Succeeded byWillard Wayne Townsend
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 26th district
In office
November 9, 1966 – November 4, 1970
Preceded byMulti-member district[3]
Succeeded byMulti-member district
Personal details
Born (1935-11-05) November 5, 1935 (age 84)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Carolyn Jane Hawthorne[4]
Alma materNorthwestern University
Mutz holding a robot built by Purdue Students in 1987

Born in Indianapolis,[5] Mutz is a graduate of Northwestern University, earning both a bachelor's degree and master's degrees in advertising and business management there.

Mutz has had a long business career including the management of a large group of Burger Chef restaurants and serving as president of PSI Energy, Indiana's largest utility.

In Indiana politics, he served as State Representative from 1967 to 1970, State Senator from 1971 to 1980 and as the 45th Lieutenant Governor, serving under Robert D. Orr from 1980 to 1988. He ran for Indiana State Treasurer in 1970, but lost the general election.[6] Mutz was defeated by Evan Bayh in the 1988 race for Indiana Governor.[7][8]


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  4. ^!/legislator/5632/John-Mutz
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  7. ^ "John Mutz". Lumina Foundation. Archived from the original on 2003-08-20. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
  8. ^ "Speaker Bosma Recommends Appointment of Former Lt. Governor John Mutz to Stadium Board". Indiana House Republican Caucus. 2005-05-26. Retrieved 2011-06-24.
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert D. Orr
Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
Succeeded by
Frank O'Bannon
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Snyder[1]
Republican nominee for Treasurer of Indiana
Succeeded by
Randall C. Miller[2]
Preceded by
Robert D. Orr
Republican nominee for Governor of Indiana
Succeeded by
Linley E. Pearson