Governor Mike Pence is recommending State Auditor Tim Berry for chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. He would replace Eric Holcomb, who will become Senator Dan Coats' state chief of staff next week.

July 3, 2013

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — Governor Mike Pence issued the following statements on his recommendations to the Indiana Republican State Executive Committee for State Party Chairman, Vice Chairman and Executive Director:

For State Chairman – State Auditor Tim Berry of Fort Wayne

“Having won four statewide elections, Tim Berry knows what it takes to run successful campaigns in Indiana. Tim is a cheerful leader who is well known throughout the state to Hoosier Republicans and will help our party grow as we work towards our goal of making Indiana 'the State that Works.'”

Background on Tim Berry

Re-Elected Indiana's 54th State Auditor in November of 2010, Tim Berry serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the State of Indiana. Auditor Berry is a committed fiscal conservative who keeps taxpayers first in recognizing that they deserve a government that is equipped to do more with less. As Allen County Treasurer, Berry cut budget expenditures to the lowest cost per capita of any treasurer in Indiana.

Under the leadership of Tim Berry, in late fall of 2009 Indiana successfully implemented a fully integrated financial system – the first of its kind for all of Indiana government, providing more efficient and transparent government operations. Additionally, Indiana's annual financial reports have received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting – the highest standard available – from the Government Finance Officers Association each year of Berry's tenure as State Auditor.

Prior to his election as State Auditor, Tim served two terms as Indiana's Treasurer. In that role, Berry earned a record $1.7 billion for Hoosier taxpayers through the prudent investment of state dollars. Berry led the effort to obtain favorable legislation providing tax incentives for families saving for college through the College Choice 529 plan.

Tim Berry's leadership has been recognized by many in Indiana and across the country. Berry was awarded the 2005 Jesse Unruh award, given to the nation's most outstanding state treasurer. Additionally, he was presented the 2003 Presidential Award of Excellence by the Association of Public Safety Officials, and he is the recipient of the American Heart Association's “Heartsaver Award.”

Tim Berry is a graduate of Wayne High School in Fort Wayne and a life-long member of Trinity English Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne. He serves as Treasurer of the Fishers Youth Hockey Association and is an active “hockey dad.” Tim holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), and a MBA from Indiana University. Tim and his wife Kim are the parents of two sons, Ian a student at Craig Middle School and Colin a student at Forest Glen Elementary School in Lawrence Township. Since 2001, Kim has served as the State Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

For Vice Chairman – Misty Dees Hollis of Richmond

“An enthusiastic personality combined with a commitment to doing the work needed behind the scenes to move our party forward, Misty Dees Hollis will continue to bring a servant's attitude to the Indiana Republican Party.”

Background on Misty Dees Hollis

Former Wayne County Republican Party Chairman and current Vice Chair of the 6th Congressional District, Misty knows her way around local, county and state Republican Party politics. Currently serving as a Councilor at-large in the Richmond Common Council, Misty has worked to make economic development a priority in the community.

Misty received her Bachelor of Social Science from Indiana University-East in Richmond.

For Executive Director – Kyle Robertson of Indianapolis

“Kyle Robertson served as my campaign manager and has directed my political operations for over three and a half years. Kyle is a seasoned political strategist who has directed several successful campaigns in over a dozen states from local, state, congressional and all the way up to the gubernatorial level.”

Background on Kyle Robertson

Kyle Robertson is a veteran political strategist and served as campaign manager of the Mike Pence for Indiana in the 2012 election cycle.

Previously, Kyle managed Blaine Luetkemeyer's successful congressional victory in Missouri's 9th district and oversaw eight states in the Midwest for the National Republican Congressional Committee as a Regional Political Director in the 2006 cycle. In 2004, Kyle directed the largest congressional field organization in the country while serving as Political Director in Congressman Geoff Davis' victory over celebrity George Clooney's Dad, Nick, in Kentucky's 4th district.

Kyle, his wife Mary, and dog named Mickey live in Indianapolis.

Governor Pence will offer his recommendation for RNC Committeewoman in the coming days.

Source: Office of Indiana Governor Mike Pence

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