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Governor-elect Pence, Daniels Seek “Smooth Transition”

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.

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