Indiana Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb has named LaPorte Mayor Blair Milo to his 16-member transition board. Republican Holcomb, who will succeed U.S. Vice President-elect Mike Pence as governor, defeated Democrat John Gregg in the Nov. 8 election.
Holcomb announced members of his “Next Level Indiana” board on Nov. 9. Another LaPorte native is also on the board — former Indiana Secretary of State Ed Simcox.
“I’m honored to serve alongside this esteemed group of dedicated public servants to assist Governor-Elect Holcomb and Lt. Governor-elect Crouch,” Milo said. “I’m excited to bring the problem-solving approach our LaPorte team uses to the Transition Team in order to help serve LaPorteans and Hoosiers across the state in setting the tone for taking Indiana to the Next Level!”
Milo said the board will spend the next of couple months helping lay plans for the transition of state government.
“As I said on Election Night, I want to build a team of people who care about Hoosiers, people who demand excellence and people who serve others above all else, and I know this is just the group to get the job done,” Holcomb said in announcing the board.
Milo’s biography in Holcomb’s press release: “Blair Milo is in her second term as mayor of LaPorte. Having been elected at the age of 28, she is the youngest female mayor in the state. Prior to becoming mayor, Blair served in the U.S. Navy conducting multiple tours in the Arabian Gulf
aboard the USS Mason and Destroyer Squadron 50 before finishing her active service at the Pentagon. She continues to hold the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves.”
Simcox’s biography in Holcomb’s release: “Ed Simcox is currently the president emeritus of the Indiana Energy Association after having served as president of the association from 1986-2010. He served eight years as Indiana’s Secretary of State as well as in numerous other political positions for officials including Governor Ed Whitcomb, Senator Dick Lugar and Senator Dan Coats.”
The other members of Holcomb’s team are: Earl Goode (co-chair), a former utility company president who served as chief of staff to Gov. Mitch Daniels for six years; Kyle Hupfer (co-chair), former director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources under Daniels; Allison Barber, chancellor of WGU Indiana and former military/veterans issues appointee under George W. Bush; Brian Bauer, chief executive officer of Lutheran Health Network hospital system; Brian Burdick, partner at the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg, LLP; Anne Hathaway, president of Hathaway Strategies, which provides government affairs, grassroots strategy and management and public relations support to organizations; Rebecca Holwerda, Northwest Regional Director for U.S. Senator Dan Coats; Jeff Knight, executive vice president and chief legal counsel for Old National Bank; Jim Morris, vice chairman of Pacers Sports and Entertainment; Jamey Noel, sheriff of Clark County and former Indiana State Police Assistant District Commander; Becky Skillman, former Lt. Governor alongside Governor Mitch Daniels; Jamal Smith, former executive director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission; Susana Suarez, elected and appointed official with more than 20 years of experience in federal, state and local government; Rudy Yakym III, senior vice president at Bradley Company real estate firm.