Governor-elect Eric Holcomb got right to work the day after election day, announcing his transition team.
The co-chairs of Holcomb’s transition team – Kyle Hupfer and Earl Goode – are both alums of the Mitch Daniels administration, as Holcomb is. That led many to wonder how much of a Daniels’ flavor Holcomb’s administration will have. Holcomb says he’s obviously worked closely with Daniels’ people over the last 12 years.
“And over the course of the last 106 days out on the trail, I’ve met a lot of new faces and a lot of energy and intellect that we intend to incorporate in this new administration as well,” Holcomb says.
Holcomb adds he looks forward to working with Democrats in the legislature and seeking their input.
House Minority Leader Scott Pelath echoes those thoughts and says he thinks Holcomb has a tough job.
“He has work to do in mending factions of his own party that may not have been of his making but are probably existing there,” Pelath says.
Holcomb says he’ll soon begin evaluating state agencies, deciding which, if any, current agency heads will be invited to stay on.
Holcomb’s Transition Team:
Earl Goode, co-chair
Goode served as chief of staff to Governor Mitch Daniels.
Kyle Hupfer, co-chair
Hupfer was Governor Mitch Daniels’ Indiana Department of Natural Resources director, as well as chair of the Indiana State Fair Commission.
Barber is chancellor of WGU Indiana.
Bauer is the CEO of the Lutheran Health Network, which serves Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.
Burdick is managing partner of the Indianapolis office of Barnes and Thornburg, the state’s largest law firm.
Former chief of staff at the Republican National Committee, Hathaway is president of Hathaway Strategies, a public relations and management company.
Holwerda is a regional director for outgoing U.S. Senator Dan Coats.
Knight is executive vice president and chief legal counsel for Old National Bank, which is headquartered in Evansville.
Milo is a two-term mayor of La Porte and serves in the Naval Reserve.
Morris is vice chair of Pacers Sports and Entertainment and former utility company CEO
Noel is Clark County sheriff and former Indiana State Police officer.
Simcox served as Indiana Secretary of State and worked for, among other, Governor Ed Whitcomb and U.S. Senators Richard Lugar and Dan Coats.
Skillman served as lieutenant governor under Mitch Daniels following 12 years in the state senate.
Smith is the athletic director for Indianapolis Public Schools and former executive director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.
Suarez is town council president in Zionsville. Her previous experience includes service to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Peace Corps.
Yakym is senior vice president at real estate firm Bradley Company.