Pence names regulator Atterholt chief of staff

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has named former lawmaker and current Indiana Regulatory Commission Chairman Jim Atterholt as his new chief of staff.

Pence announced Tuesday that Atterholt will begin serving as his top aide next Monday. He succeeds Bill Smith, a longtime Pence aide who left last Friday to start a political consulting firm.

Atterholt was appointed by former Gov. Mitch Daniels to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in June 2009 and was named chairman in October 2010. Before that, he was the state insurance commissioner for more than four years.

The Fort Wayne native served two terms as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002. He was a lobbyist for AT&T-Indiana from 2003 to 2004.

Atterholt was named utility chief to replace David Lott Hardy, who was fired by Daniels amid an ethics probe involving Duke Energy Corp.


  • It's the Voodoo
    I seriously doubt that "Fed Up Republican" is Paul Ogden. He would openly say it was him. There are plenty of republicans in Indiana who are fed up with the state of the party in Indiana. It maybe a republican insider who is trying to bring the party back to it's moorings.
  • Read the link!
    Rhonda Lee, Read the link to Paul Ogden's blog post. And you will see that Atterholt was involved with the scandal at IURC!
  • Ha!
    Good Question - is that Paul???
    • Ogden?
      Fed Up Republican: Is that you Paul? I've been wondering what you've been up to since your disciplinary hearing.
      • Hardy --> Duke
        Nick: I think you're confusing Atterholt with Hardy whom was replaced by Mitch after doing what you mentioned below.
        • Why?
          Not why has Pence appointed Atterholt. Why was Atterholt still the IURC head after four years ago confidentially asking Duke, an entity he oversaw, to hire someone he directs. What more proof of corruption is necessary? This is wrong. Where is the soft spoken one with a big stick?
          • Seriously Mike! Will you start firing Daniels retreads already!
            This just shows that Mike Pence is a total hack! Anyone worth their salt would have thrown Jim Atterholt to the curb! Why Pence keeps these Daniels retreads and political has-beens in his administration is a mystery and an irritation to many Indiana Republicans! Read this post by Paul Ogden a true hoosier and a real republican! Atterholt doesn't come off looking good from this: http://www.ogdenonpolitics.com/2011/08/karma-pays-visit-to-iurc-chairman-jim.html

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