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Governor-elect Pence, Daniels Seek “Smooth Transition”

Governor-elect Mike Pence says he is assembling his team that will help the statehouse transition from Governor Mitch Daniels.

Mike Pence speaks next to Daniels

Photo: Brandon Smith/IPBS

Mitch Daniels sits nearby as Mike Pence speaks to reporters about the transition process between the two men.

The transition from Governor Mitch Daniels to Governor-elect Mike Pence is underway as Pence has begun to assemble his transition team.

Daniels says his administration is eager to help make the transition a smooth one, allowing the new regime to hit the ground running.

Pence began the process by naming his long-time congressional chief of staff Bill Smith head of the transition team. Pence praised the Daniels team and says his transition will be committed to continuity.

“I believe last night’s election was as much a vote of confidence in this administration as it was an affirmation of the vision and plans that we articulated in our candidacy for governor,” he says.

Pence says he hopes to name more key members of his transition team soon. He adds he will not resign his congressional seat, serving out the remainder of his term while setting up his administration.

Those in Pence’s team include:

Bill Smith, chief of staff and the head of the transition committee
Van Smith, Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Becky Skillman, lieutenant governor
Earl Goode, Governor Daniels’ chief of staff
Sue Ellspermann, lieutenant governor-elect

Pence says he will name additional team members in the coming days.

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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  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.eckert.50 Bob Eckert

    With Republican super-majorities in both the state house and senate and another Republican governor, the state has said in essence, “do with us as you will”. A very large number of Hoosiers now have essentially no voice to stop those charged with our governance and their march to a more and more fascist appearing extreme right-wing ideology represented most exactly by Richard Mourdock. As long as Republicans do not reveal their true positions as Richard Mourdock did and refuse to answer concrete questions about their positions, we are at their mercy in our great state and mercy is not in the Republican platform.

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