Married; four daughters, 14 to 21
B.A., Princeton, '71; J.D., Georgetown law school, '79
Fresh from college, Daniels made a name for himself as an aide to Richard Lugar, Indianapolis mayor and later U.S. Senator (R-Ind.). Served as director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee under Lugar in 1983-84. In the second Reagan Administration, he was political director and head of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs but quit after clashes with Chief of Staff Donald T. Regan.
In 1987, he became COO of the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank. Three years later, he joined Eli Lilly, where his last post was senior vice-president for corporate strategy and policy.
Avid golfer. Huge fan of the Dodgers and Redskins.
Smart, politically savvy, blunt, and straight as an arrow.
THE RAP ON DANIELS
Insufficient experience on budget matters. Can be caustic at times. Liberals think he's too conservative and too tied to pharmaceutical interests.