Many of Indiana’s top Republicans attended the funeral, including Pence, former Gov. Mitch Daniels, House Speaker Brian Bosma, Senate President Pro Tem David Long and others. Elder statesmen of Indiana politics, including former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh and former Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut, had their condolences read in their absence.
But the rotunda was mostly packed with Democrats, including many who had either worked for Jacobs or been mentored by him.
Democratic U.S. Rep. Andre Carson, whose grandmother worked in Jacobs’ district office and who later won the Indianapolis seat after Jacobs retired, recalled growing up around Jacobs, whom he called his “Obi-Wan Kenobi.”
“If I can be a quarter of the man Andy Jacobs was to me, I think I’ll be ok,” Carson said.