New Pence Chief of Staff Jim Atterholt
Yesterday Governor Mike Pence named Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Chair Jim Atterholt as his new Chief of Staff. Atterholt’s selection by Gov. Pence has been one of those rare moments in politics when there is very little criticism of what is a fairly high-profile decision.
We are not in the business of breaking political news, but I thought the most fitting insight into Atterholt’s selection would be from the person who most recently served in the position, former Chief of Staff Bill Smith. He wrote the following on his Facebook profile after the selection:
Nearly 30 years ago a young man walked into my office in Washington, DC fresh out of college looking for a job. I hired him as a legislative assistant and we have been fast friends ever since. Today, Governor Pence announced that Jim Atterholt will take my old job as chief of staff. Rarely in the political world do we find someone with the strong convictions, humility, servant’s heart and integrity possessed by Jim. He is a worthy leader of an amazing staff of public servants.
For his part, Atterholt paid tribute to Smith’s work for Gov. Pence and the team they assembled:
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. 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’s selection indicates that Gov. Pence has no plans on slowing down his agenda and brings on a seasoned Indianapolis legislative professional who has strong credibility across all branches of the Republican Party.