(INDIANAPOLIS) - Republican State Treasurer Richard Mourdock resigned on Friday after serving in office for over seven years.
Mourdock wrote to Governor Pence that he was leaving office early to pursue other professional interests. His term would have expired at the end of the year.
But a source told WISH-TV that changes in a state retirement plan that would reduce his benefits if he stayed in office past this month led to Mourdock's decision.
Mourdock turned Indiana politics on its ear when he defeated longtime Senator Richard Lugar in the 2012 Republican Primary. But a controversial remark about rape and abortion during a debate with Democrat Joe Donnelly led to his defeat in the general election.