About the First Lady
Janet also developed a love of the Arts, particularly drawing, early in life. She went on to complete her Bachelor and Master degrees in Fine Arts at Ball State University. Janet was active in a number of campus organizations and was a member of a sorority. As a Master’s Candidate at Ball State, Janet held a Graduate Assistantship with the David Owsley Museum of Art.
As the daughter and granddaughter of small business owners, Janet often shares that some of her most valuable lessons were learned at the family dinner table. Beginning in 2009, Janet served as Vice President of her family’s manufacturing business, R&R Engineering, which has been producing and distributing bolts and fasteners across the U.S. and Canada for nearly 50 years. For a decade prior to joining the business, Janet led many record-setting political fundraising efforts for Republican candidates for Federal, State and local office. She has utilized her fundraising experience to benefit many non-profit organizations, including Veterans groups, Social Service providers, Arts organizations, animal welfare, and Scouting programs.
Janet and Eric are staunch supporters and defenders of the 2nd Amendment. Both are Life Members of the NRA, and Janet is a certified pistol instructor. She has led training classes throughout the state, often partnering with the Indiana National Guard and members of law enforcement. She particularly enjoys sharing her passion for shooting sports and personal protection with other women.
Janet enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, equestrian and bicycle riding, and anything that involves being outdoors. She likes to hunt, and frequently shoots pistol, rifle and shotgun. She will tell you that Sporting Clays has replaced golf as her recreational activity of choice. She might also add that once you have hunted wild boars while hanging out of helicopter, sitting in a tree stand is a little monotonous.
Janet and Eric live in the Indiana Governor’s Residence with Miniature Schnauzer, and First Dog, Henry. It should be noted that Henry is more popular than both of his humans.