Indiana Republican Party Chairman Tim Berry says he will step down next month. He took office in July 2013. Governor Mike Pence is recommending former city-county councilman Jeff Cardwell to fill the position.
March 13, 2015
Indianapolis, Ind. — Indiana Republican Party Chairman Tim Berry announced today he plans to leave his leadership post as state party chief.
“Serving as chairman and working alongside such dedicated Republicans has been an honor, and my decision to hand over the gavel was not easy,” Berry said. “The efforts by our officeholders, candidates, county parties, volunteers and supporters have helped make our party stronger, and last November voters reaffirmed their overwhelming support for conservative principles and Republican leadership. I'm particularly excited about the significant improvements we have made in the last year to build upon our voter database, strengthen our technology infrastructure and increase voter outreach. I'm humbled to have served the party in this capacity, and will continue to be a proud supporter. Hoosiers can rest assured that Indiana's future and the future of the Indiana Republican Party remains bright.”
Under Berry's leadership, the state party's headquarters was moved from its former location on Meridian Street in downtown Indianapolis to a newer, more efficient space located at 101 W. Ohio St. The decision has proved to lower overhead costs and provide more opportunities to host meetings, events and trainings. In fact, state party recently held its first-ever in-house candidate training for mayors across the state who are preparing for the upcoming election.
In November 2014, Indiana Republicans swept the statewide races with an all-female ticket and expanded supermajorities in both chambers of the Statehouse. The state's Republican incumbents also retained their seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Leading up to the November election, Berry said the Indiana Republican Party's Victory Program and volunteers exceeded expectations by making 1.65 million calls and knocking on more than 100,000 doors.
Berry served two terms as state treasurer and was in his second term as state auditor in July 2013 when Gov. Mike Pence selected him to become chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. At the time, Pence said Berry was the “best choice,” citing Berry's experience as an officeholder, political savvy, and familiarity with state and local government.
Pence announced his recommendation of Jeff Cardwell to fill the chairmanship position today during a call with members of the Indiana Republican State Committee.
“As a former city-county councilman Jeff will bring a local grassroots perspective that will be invaluable,” Berry said. “I'm confident he will lead our strong team and work hard to support our Republican candidates – especially as we head into this year's important municipal elections.”
Berry will stay through April to assist with the transition.
Source: Indiana Republican Party