Kelly Mitchell was born on a Naval base. When her father left when she was five, her mother faced tough odds. She got a job in a local factory and raised Kelly and her two siblings in an apartment on a small farm in rural Illinois – an apartment that was rumored to be a converted chicken coop. They had no car and no television but plenty of books and a farm to explore
Kelly went to work at an early age, earning money for clothes and school supplies by working as many as three jobs at a time, waitressing, nannying, and helping with activities at an assisted living facility. That work ethic paid off when Kelly Mitchell became the first member of her family to graduate college.While in college, she interned in a U.S. Senator’s office and learned the importance of constituent service. After college, she got a job doing in-home checks on those suffering from mental illness and making tough decisions on how best to care for the immediate needs of those who need the most help in society.
It was while still a young mother that the Cass County Republican Party asked her to step up and run for County Commissioner. She was running against a well-known incumbent, and most pundits didn’t think she had a chance. Kelly won. She was the first female County Commissioner in Cass County, the youngest County Commissioner in the State of Indiana, and served two terms.Returning to the private sector, she worked for an engineering firm in Indianapolis before taking a position in the Indiana State Treasurer’s office.In another race that no one expected her to win, Kelly Mitchell was elected Indiana State Treasurer in 2014 and re-elected overwhelmingly in 2018 with nearly 59 percent of the vote.
While serving as Treasurer, Kelly Mitchell has helped secure Indiana’s $2 billion budget surplus and AAA credit rating while launching Indiana’s ABLE program, modernizing our 911 system, and making the CollegeChoice 529 program accessible to more Hoosier families.
Kelly Mitchell is a lifelong conservative. She served as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention and was an Elector for Donald J. Trump for President in 2016 in the Electoral College. She was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash by then-Governor Mike Pence and as a civilian, earned a M.A. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Kelly Mitchell has a blended family of four children and two grandchildren with her husband Larry.