Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

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12:04 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Aide to Indiana Gov. Pence Takes New Job; Was Involved in Grade Change Controversy

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's chief lobbyist is leaving her post,  three weeks after her involvement was revealed in the manipulation of the grades Indiana hands its schools.

Heather Neal is joining Limestone Strategies, a political consulting firm, as president of its public affairs practice. The company is based in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C.

Neal was the chief of staff to former Indiana schools Superintendent Tony Bennett last year before joining Pence's team in January as his legislative director.  

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10:35 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Dwayne Sawyer Appointed Indiana Auditor; Becomes First Black Republican to Hold Statewide Office

Brandon Smith/Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has appointed a new state auditor.

Pence today announced the appointment of Dwayne Sawyer to replace Tim Berry, who stepped down to become the chairman of the state Republican Party.

Sawyer will be the first black Republican to hold a statewide office in Indiana.

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3:51 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to Name New State Auditor Thursday

Tim Berry stepped down as Indiana's State Auditor this week to become chair of the state Republican Party
Indiana state government

Indiana’s new state auditor will be announced Thursday. 

Governor Mike Pence is naming a replacement for Tim Berry, who resigned this week to become the new Indiana Republican Party chairman.   

Pence appointed Berry to that post last month.

The new auditor will serve the remainder of Berry’s term through 2014, but Pence has said he wants Berry’s replacement to seek a full, four-year term.

Pence will announce his choice tomorrow morning at the Indiana Statehouse.  He has interviewed at least six people for the job.

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3:23 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Potential Indiana Auditor Appointee Asks to be Removed From Consideration

LaPorte, Indiana Mayor Blair Milo
City of LaPorte, Indiana

One of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s candidates for the post of state auditor has asked Pence to remove her name from consideration.

The Times of Munster says Blair Milo is one of at least six Republicans whom Pence has interviewed for the post.    She’s the mayor of Laporte, in northwestern Indiana.

Milo says she can best fill her commitments to serving the people of LaPorte by remaining as mayor.  Her first term in that office runs through 2015.

Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault says the governor is grateful Milo was willing to consider serving.

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3:22 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Gov. Pence Touts Indiana Budget Surplus

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says the state ended its last fiscal cycle with more money than expected.

Pence today praised budget closeout numbers showing the state with $93 million more than projected in an ongoing surplus and $86 million more in cash reserves.

The majority of the new money will be used to pay off bonds for the Miami Correctional Facility in northern Indiana.

Pence says the surplus would be better used to pay down debt left to him when he took office.

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1:44 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Indiana Auditor Tim Berry to be New State GOP Chair


Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has picked state Auditor Tim Berry as the new Indiana Republican Party chairman.

Berry will leave his job at the Statehouse to run the party full time and Pence campaign manager Kyle Robertson will take over as the state party's executive director.

Berry is from Fort Wayne and is in his second term as state auditor after serving eight years as state treasurer.

He will replace Eric Holcomb, who resigned last month to become U.S. Sen. Dan Coats' state chief of staff.

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10:40 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Ind. Gov. Mike Pence Apologizes for Deletion of Facebook Comments on Gay Marriage

Mike Pence
Credit Indiana Governor's Office

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is apologizing for his staff deleting comments from his official Facebook page that criticized a statement he issued supporting the state's ban on gay marriage.

Pence's apology was posted today on the same Facebook page.

Some gay marriage supporters complained that their comments were deleted and profiles blocked from the governor's Facebook page after Pence posted a statement Wednesday saying he would support a state constitutional ban on gay marriage.

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2:36 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Pence Defends Deletion of Facebook Gay Marriage Comments

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is defending his staff's decision to delete pro-gay marriage comments from his Facebook page that he says included personal attacks.

Pence said Thursday that his social media policy allows for differing opinions without personal attacks. He says it mirrors the online commenting policy of many news organizations.

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12:35 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Funeral for Former Indiana Gov. Otis Bowen is Friday

Gov. Otis Bowen in 2012
Indiana University/Midwest Vision Photography

Flags are flying at half-staff at state facilities across Indiana in honor of former Governor Otis "Doc" Bowen.  

Bowen died Saturday at a northern Indiana nursing home.  He was 95.

Bowen was Indiana’s Republican governor from 1973 to 1981.

He became secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1985, taking charge of the federal government's response to the spread of AIDS after the Reagan administration had been criticized by activists for a slow initial response.

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12:30 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Indiana Gov. Pence Uninjured in Traffic Accident

A spokeswoman for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says Pence's state sport-utility vehicle has been involved in an accident but the governor was not injured.

Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault says neither the governor and nor any of the other passengers required medical attention following Thursday morning's accident, which occurred in Indianapolis as Pence was heading to a bill signing in Fort Wayne.