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Fort Wayne native, IURC chair named Pence chief of staff

Statement verbatim, as issued Tuesday by the governor’s office:

Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today named Jim Atterholt as his Chief of Staff, effective Monday, May 19. Atterholt brings extensive state government experience to the position, having served two terms as a state representative and led two state agencies. He currently chairs the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC).

“Jim Atterholt’s experience in state government and in the Indiana General Assembly, along with his reputation for integrity make him uniquely qualified to serve as my Chief of Staff,” said Governor Pence. “We look forward to having him join our team, and know he will serve the people of Indiana well.”

Atterholt was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in June of 2009 and was named chairman in October 5, 2010. He was reappointed in March 2013 for a full term by Governor Pence. Prior to joining the Commission, he was the State Insurance Commissioner for more than four years, where he also served as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet.

Atterholt has dedicated much of his life to public service. He was elected and served two terms as a member of the Indiana General Assembly from 1998 to 2002. As a state representative, he served on the House Commerce, Economic Development and Technology Committee. Atterholt also was a member of the Environmental Affairs Committee, as well as the Labor Committee. Before returning to public service as the State Insurance Commissioner, Atterholt worked as Director of Government Affairs for AT&T-Indiana from 2003 to 2004.

A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Atterholt received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1986. He has also worked as Chief of Staff in Washington, D.C., and later as District Director in Indiana for a member of the United States Congress. He also serves on the board of directors of the Saint Florian Center for at-risk children.

“It has been a blessing to observe the positive tone Governor Pence and his team have set for Indiana and their commitment to servant leadership,” said Atterholt. “The Governor has a heart for all Hoosiers and a well-deserved reputation for showing kindness to even those who may disagree. I am honored to serve in this new role.”

Atterholt and his wife Brenda have three children and reside in Indianapolis.

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