Hendrickson latest Hoosier leader to join Trump administration

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS — President Donald Trump is pulling yet another Hoosier out of Indiana and into Washington, D.C.

Brandye Hendrickson, current Indiana State Personnel Department director, has been chosen to take on the role of deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. Her last day serving in Indiana will be Friday.

“I am thankful for the many career opportunities that the State of Indiana has provided,” Hendrickson said in a statement. “I am sad to leave behind a great workforce but excited to continue serving the public in other capacities.”

Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed Hendrickson as director of the Indiana State Personnel Department in January. She has been working for the State of Indiana for the past 18 years.

Hendrickson has taken on various roles in the Indiana Department of Transportation since 2006 including serving as commissioner from 2015 to 2017.

“Indiana’s loss is our nation’s gain,” Holcomb said in a statement. “And it’s a testament to the quality of our state’s leaders that President Trump continues to pool his talent from the Hoosier state.”

Since elected, Trump has called on Hoosiers for other roles to fill in the nation’s capital as well.

In January, the president announced that former U.S. Sen. Dan Coats was his nominee for director of national intelligence. He assumed the role in March.

To fill the administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in his administration, Trump nominated Seema Verma. Verma is considered to be one of the architects of the Healthy Indiana Plan.

In June, Trump nominated Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams as the United States surgeon general.

Britni Saunders, the current Indiana State Personnel Department deputy director of talent management, will serve as interim director of Indiana State Personnel Department. Holcomb will appoint a new director in the coming weeks. 

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