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Stutzman has new chief of staff

Indianapolis native becomes 3rd to hold post


After his election in 2010, U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman hired John Hammond IV for his Washington, D.C., staff.

On Wednesday, Stutzman announced he has chosen Hammond to run his office operations as chief of staff.

Stutzman, R-3rd, said Hammond “is a solution-oriented, strategic thinker who brings depth and vision to the office.”

The Indianapolis native had been deputy chief of staff and legislative director. He replaces Matt Lloyd as chief of staff. Lloyd resigned this month to pursue other career interests. He earned $141,500 in 2013.

Hammond, who was legislative counsel for former Indiana Congressman Steve Buyer, graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and Syracuse University College of Law in Syracuse, New York. He is licensed to practice law in Indiana.

He becomes Stutzman’s third chief of staff. Former state lawmaker Tim Harris held the position from late 2010 to late 2012.

Also this week, Stutzman announced that he has introduced legislation he said would increase transparency at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Stutzman’s bill would require the CFPB to provide for a public comment period before issuing regulations and to make public any studies, data and analyses the agency relies on in preparing and issuing guidance.

Stutzman is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, which conducted a hearing Wednesday on proposals for improving transparency and accountability at the CFPB.