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Espich tapped as legislative affairs aide

Governor-elect Mike Pence announced Thursday that former state Rep. Jeff Espich will serve as senior adviser for legislative affairs within the new administration.

Espich served 40 years in the Indiana House before deciding not to seek re-election this year. He represented Hoosiers in Allen, Wells and Grant counties.

During his tenure he focused on matters having to do with state tax and finance, including serving as chairman of both the House Ways and Means Committee and the State Budget Committee.

"Jeff Espich has a record of accomplishment and integrity from his years of leadership in the Indiana General Assembly," Pence said. "His knowledge of the budget and the legislative process will make him an invaluable addition to our legislative team. We are humbled to have a man of his caliber join our administration."

In addition to his work in state government, Espich is a self-employed small businessman, serving as director of the State Bank of Markle and as a member of the Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

Espich said, "I look forward to serving Hoosiers in all corners of the state and helping the Gov.-elect implement his agenda to continue to lead Indiana on a path to success."

Espich is a U.S. Army Veteran and a graduate of Indiana University School of Business Administration.

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