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Pence Taps Head Of Family Services, Agriculture Departments

Gov. Mike Pence named Debra Minott head of Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration and Gina Sheets leader of the State Department of Agriculture.

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Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announces the appointment of Gina Sheets as the head of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

Governor Mike Pence once again drew from the Daniels administration to appoint new leaders at the Indiana Department of Agriculture and Family and Social Services Administration.

Pence opted not to keep Secretary Michael Gargano at FSSA, and instead chose Debra Minott to lead the state’s largest agency. Minott, who ran the state Department of Personnel under Governor Daniels, was most recently the vice president of Hill-Rom, an Indiana medical device manufacturer.

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, who under state statute  serves as the Secretary of Agriculture, appointed Gina Sheets as ISDA director. Ellspermann says economic development and innovation will be the administration’s focus in agriculture.

“Including competitive tax structure for farmers, growing international opportunities and as recommended by the BioCrossroads report, the food and agriculture innovation corridor, all directed towards growing agriculture in Indiana,” she says.

Ellspermann says Sheets is particularly suited for that focus, after most recently serving as the Director of Economic Development and International Trade at ISDA.

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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