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Long-time National Guard leader to retire next spring

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Adjutant General Martin Umbarger will retire in May after 45 years of service with the Indiana National Guard. “There comes a time in everyone’s life and career to pass the ‘colors of leadership’ onto the next generation,” Umbarger said in a public letter to soldiers and others. “This is […]

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Anesthesiologist will be state’s new health commissioner

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a new doc in charge at the Indiana State Department of Health. Gov. Mike Pence on Wednesday appointed Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as the agency’s commissioner. He replaces Dr. William VanNess, who announced his resignation in August. Pence said Adams’ “public service and academic achievements” make him an […]

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New lawmaker sworn in to District 83 seat; Rep. Heuer moves on to lobby group

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Christopher Judy will serve what’s left of the House District 83 term of former Rep. Kathy Heuer, who resigned the position in August to take a job with a health care lobbying group. The change comes about three months after Judy defeated Heuer in the GOP primary. Supreme […]

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Pence names Huston to IURC, makes other appointments

Staff report TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has appointed a top official in the state health department to serve as the head of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. James Huston will fill the current vacancy on the IURC created when former Commissioner Jim Atterholt left to become the governor’s chief of staff. He will […]

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Eric Turner to lose leadership post over financial disclosure issues

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Embattled Rep. Eric Turner will lose his leadership post during the next legislative session after failing to disclose a financial interest in a debate he tried to influence during the last legislative session, House Speaker Brian Bosma said Friday. Bosma, R-Indianapolis, also said he would author a comprehensive ethics […]

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Mourdock steps down with just months left in term as treasurer

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Treasurer Richard Mourdock – a controversial political figure who lost a bid for the U.S. Senate after divisive remarks about rape and pregnancy –stepped down from his post Friday with about four months to go in the term. The conservative Republican said in a statement he is leaving […]

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Braun to take over DWD, current commissioner not going anywhere

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has named a state legislator to take over at the Department of Workforce Development, but the agency’s current commissioner will stay on as well, with a new title and the same salary. Rep. Steve Braun, R-Zionsville, will become the DWD’s new commissioner after this fall’s election, […]

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State health commissioner resigns

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana State Health Commissioner William VanNess has resigned with little explanation from the governor’s office about the move. Gov. Mike Pence issued a statement, saying that VanNess had “served Hoosiers passionately and with great dedication as state health commissioner and we will miss his leadership.” Pence appointed VanNess – a physician […]

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Longest serving state archaeologist to retire

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s longest serving state archeologist will retire after more than 25 years of service. James Jones III, who also serves as archaeology team leader, has been with the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology since 1987 and been the state archaeologist since 1991. He will retire later this month.

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Inspector general: Woodruff didn’t break laws

By Paige Clark TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Four years of investigations surrounding Interstate 69 land deals came to an end Friday when the Indiana inspector general disclosed that state, local and federal officials would not be pressing charges against highway official Troy Woodruff. “No crimes were committed and the codes of ethics were not violated,” said […]

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