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Evansville, Indiana native Robert D. ("Bob") Orr—a Republican—was elected in 1980 as Indiana's 45th governor. He defeated incumbent John A. Hillenbrand II and served from 1981-1989. His tenure as governor is primarily associated with the restructuring of the Indiana school system.
Prior to his gubernatorial win, Orr served for 12 years as a member of the Indiana State Senate. He was widely popular due to his pushes for economic development and plans to reorganize the state's tax structure. After serving two terms as governor, in 1990 Orr was appointed by then-president George H.W. Bush as the ambassador to Singapore.
Robert D. Orr. Retrieved 26 November 2021, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_D._Orr