updated: 12/28/2005 2:43:00 PM

Indiana Chamber of Commerce Expands Political Affairs Team

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The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is expanding its political affairs team. Michael Davis, who was recently promoted to vice president, will lead the team.

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Jillian Shaw will serve as manager of political affairs and Melinda Colbert has been named fundraising coordinator.

The political affairs staff is responsible for the political action arm of the Indiana Chamber that monitors state legislator elections and issues candidate endorsements.

Source: Inside INdiana Business

Press Release

December 28, 2005 (INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the expansion of its political affairs team. Headed by Michael Davis – who was recently promoted to vice president – the political affairs staff is responsible for the ongoing efforts of the Indiana Business for Responsive Government (IBRG), the political action arm of the Indiana Chamber that monitors state legislator elections and issues candidate endorsements.

The IBRG is the largest state chamber political action committee in the country.

Davis, a native of New Castle, joined the Indiana Chamber in 1997. Previously, he managed several local political campaigns – including state Representative Tom Saunders’ first successful run, worked in both the state Senate and auditor of state’s office, and for the Association of Indiana Counties. Davis holds a B.A. in political science from Indiana University.

Joining Davis are two new staff members: Jillian Shaw, manager of political affairs, and Melinda Colbert, fundraising coordinator.

Shaw, an Anderson resident and Purdue University graduate, comes to the Chamber with experience in managing local and state political campaigns, and has a military background. Colbert hails from Tipton and graduated in 2004 from DePauw University. Prior to joining the Chamber, Colbert was a legislative assistant for the Indiana Senate.

Rounding out the Chamber’s political affairs group is Sara Lassiter, who came onboard in December 2004 as an assistant.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has been the state’s largest broad-based business advocacy organization for over 80 years. Today, it serves more than 23,000 members and customers.

Source: Indiana Chamber of Commerce

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