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Curtis Hill, who the Indiana Supreme Court said battered four women, runs for governor

Curtis Hill stands in front of a lectern with the seal of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General affixed to it. Hill is a Black man, bald with a mustache.
Brandon Smith
IPB News
Former Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill was considered a rising star in the Republican Party before allegations that he groped four women.

Former Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, whose law license was temporarily suspended while in office when the state Supreme Court ruled he criminally battered four women, is running for governor.

Hill joins a crowded Republican primary for the open seat.

The former Elkhart County prosecutor had been seen as a rising Republican star before allegations that he groped four women, including a state lawmaker, at a late-night party in 2018. Despite facing calls to resign — and having his law license suspendedfor a month — Hill remained in office before losing reelection at the state Republican Party convention to current Attorney General Todd Rokita.

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Hill also lost a bid for Congress last year in a private Republican caucus to replace the late U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski.

In a statement, Hill said he’s running for governor because people want a “proven conservative leader who is not beholden to Washington, D.C. or special interest groups.”

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Fort Wayne businessman Eric Doden are among the other announced Republican candidates.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.