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Department of Workforce Development Gets New Leadership

Rep. Steve Bruan, R-Zionsville, is taking over for Scott Sanders, who then-Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed in 2012.

Rep. Steve Braun sits in the House

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Rep. Steve Braun, R-Zionsville, during a recent session of the Indiana House.

Governor Mike Pence is making a leadership change at the Department of Workforce Development.

Pence on Thursday announced Rep. Steve Braun, R-Zionsville, will take over as Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development this fall, after his term in the legislature is finished.

Braun was elected to the House in 2012 and coauthored legislation creating the Indiana Career Council.

He replaces Scott Sanders, who then-Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed in 2012.

Sanders will remain at the agency in a new role.  He’ll serve as senior deputy commissioner, overseeing the Unemployment Insurance division.

Braun will remain on the ballot in November’s election, where he is running unopposed.

The governor’s office says discussions with Braun to take over at the department took place after the July deadline to replace him on the ballot.  If he is reelected, his replacement will be chosen by a GOP caucus.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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