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Pence appoints director of OMB

– Governor-elect Mike Pence has named his first administration appointment. Chris Atkins will serve as director of the Indiana Office of Management and Budget.

Prior to joining Pence as policy director, Atkins served as general counsel and policy director for Gov. Mitch Daniels in the same agency.

At OMB, Atkins helped craft and implement the historic 2008 property tax reform legislation, the 2011 corporate tax reform legislation which lowered the corporate income tax rate by 20 percent, and as OMB general counsel had responsibility for regulatory oversight of state agencies.

“Chris will head up our efforts to expand the Daniels fiscal legacy by working with the General Assembly to pass honestly balanced budgets, maintain strong reserves, pay down our debt and reduce taxes,” Pence said.

Prior to joining Governor Daniels’ team, Atkins held several tax and fiscal policy positions in national organizations, including Senior Tax Counsel at the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C. Atkins was policy director for Pence’s campaign and played a major role in developing 13 policy white papers and the Roadmap for Indiana. He is a graduate of Wabash College and the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University-Bloomington.