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Ex-Pence aide becomes Stutzman’s chief of staff

Media whiz boasts deep House résumé


– Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, has switched his staff leadership heading into his second full term on Capitol Hill.

Stutzman announced Wednesday that he has named Matt Lloyd as his chief of staff. Lloyd replaces Tim Harris, who had been Stutzman’s top aide since Stutzman took office in late 2010 after a special election.

Lloyd worked nearly 10 years for Rep. Mike Pence, R-6th. Pence was elected governor in the Nov. 6 election.

Lloyd had been Pence’s communications director and oversaw the media offices for the House Republican Conference and the House Republican Study Committee when Pence was chairman of those caucuses.

“Matt is just the right fit for our organization,” Stutzman said in a prepared statement.

Harris did not respond to a request for a comment. He will leave Stutzman’s office at year’s end, according to Stutzman’s communications director, James Wegmann, who called the parting “amiable.”

Wegmann confirmed that Stutzman wants a chief of staff who is based in Washington. Harris lives in Marion and did much of his congressional work in Indiana.

Harris was paid $140,000 in fiscal year 2012, according to Legistorm, a nonpartisan website that tracks congressional office staffs. Lloyd was paid $108,333 for the same period, which ended Sept. 30.

Harris was executive director of the Indiana Utility Shareholders Association before joining Stutzman’s staff. Harris and Stutzman, who lives in Howe in LaGrange County, sat next to each other when both were members of the Indiana House in the mid-2000s.

Besides being an aide to Pence, Lloyd has worked in the George W. Bush administration and for Republican Reps. Kevin Brady of Texas and Rick Hill of Montana.