The brilliant Orentlicher, an IUPUI professor, doctor, attorney, and past Indiana State Representative, says that he is running for Congress in the 8th District against Dr. Larry Bucshon in 2016.
It's not his first time at the rodeo. Orentlicher ran for the 7th District Congressional Democratic nomination in a special caucus, but he and five other Democrats were defeated by Andre Carson. In the May Primary, Orentlicher gave it another run, but he finished third in the Primary that year behind Congressman Carson and former Indiana Health Commissioner Woody Myers. In 2010, Orentlicher ran for Marion County Prosecutor. He dropped out and endorsed Terry Curry after a strong run.
Orentlicher is a respected voice on many issues. Besides his background as both an Ivy League-educated doctor and lawyer, Orentlicher is an authority on the U.S. Constitution having taught Constitutional Law. He's a prolific author and is a brilliant candidate to take on Bucshon.
To be fair, great candidates have taken on Bucshon before, but he's always been able to fight off the challenges. Orentlicher may provide his toughest challenger yet.
An official announcement is expected in 2016, according to Orentlicher.