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Indiana GOP Chair, Other Party Leaders To Step Down

State GOP Chairman Eric Holcomb says he has been contemplating stepping down for some time.

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Eric Holcomb has been serving as the GOP chair and will be stepping down July 9.

Indiana Republican Party chairman Eric Holcomb will step down next month, one of several top officials leaving the state party in July.

Holcomb, who has been in the position since 2011, informed the Indiana Republican Party’s State Committee at its meeting Wednesday morning of his intention to step down, effective July 9.

In a statement, he says he believes a year with no local or statewide elections is the best time to transition out of party leadership, a move he says he has been contemplating for some time.

Holcomb is the former campaign manager and deputy chief of staff for Governor Mitch Daniels  and says the change allows new governor Mike Pence to set the party’s direction.

“These changes will give Gov. Mike Pence a wonderful opportunity to charge forward and write our Party’s next chapter of success,” he said.

In a statement, Pence praised the outgoing chairman’s leadership

“Chairman Eric Holcomb and his team led one of the most successful State Party tenures in Indiana history,” he said. “I am grateful he was willing to stay on, and I thank him for his leadership during the early days of my Administration.

State GOP Executive Director Justin Garrett, Vice Chair Sandi Huddleston and National Committeewoman and former Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman are also leaving their positions within the Republican Party.

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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