INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and House Speaker Brian Bosma praised former Gov. Otis Bowen’s humble nature and his political legacy during a Statehouse memorial for the popular two-term governor.
Three of Indiana’s former governors _ Evan Bayh, Joe Kernan and Edgar Whitcomb _ also attended Thursday’s Statehouse Rotunda service for Bowen, who died May 4 at age 95.
Pence recounted Bowen’s World War II service, his return from the war to start a medical practice in his hometown of Bremen and for later helming what he called one of Indiana’s “most consequential governorships.” Pence also praised Bowen for overhauling Indiana’s tax system and creating five new state parks.
Bowen was governor from 1973 to 1981 and later served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.