Rex Early, a Hoosier political figure who actively supported the Republican Party, died Friday at the age of 88.
Early’s political career spanned decades. At different points in his life, he was a Marine, Chairman of the Indiana Republican Party, author, and more. He was a driving force in Presidential campaigns for candidates like Donald Trump.
Governor Holcomb posted a thread of Tweets in honor of the man. He wrote, “Rex Early was truly one of a kind… Until we meet again, all Hail Rex.” The governor also described him as the “Indiana Republican Party’s Iron Man.”
A “celebration of life” honoring Early has been planned for November 16th at the White River Yacht Club.
Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement regarding the passing of Rex Early:
“Rex was truly one of a kind—and most everyone who knew him would agree—Thank God for that.
“As a man of many eras, he was the Indiana Republican Party’s Iron Man.
“His support was coveted. From dog catcher to U.S. President, lines formed at his door for an endorsement. His wit was a weapon that could take over a room, or torpedo a campaign. He wore the ring, and just preferred you kiss it.
“Early, and Holcomb family roots run deep in Knox County Indiana, which probably means we’re somehow related. For that, I’ll forever be proud, and grateful to have known Rex, whose loyalty and devotion to our state and nation will never be surpassed.
“A true Marine, he fought up until his last stand and will forever be missed with a smile.
“Until we meet again, all Hail Rex.”