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GOP shakeup at the top


Indiana Republican Party State Chairman Eric Holcomb is leaving his post next month after more than two years in the job.

It is the first step of a shakeup at the top of the party, which will also see a new executive director and vice chair. Holcomb announced the changes at a State Committee meeting Wednesday.

"While there is never a perfect time for these types of transitions, I believe this year, being an off-election year, is the best time. In addition, and most importantly, these changes will give Governor Mike Pence a wonderful opportunity to charge forward and write our Party's next chapter of success," he said.

Holcomb's last day will be July 9.

Tradition indicates Pence will tap his successor.

Holcomb pointed to a number of successes under his watch, including paying off debts, meeting fundraising goals, upgrading technology and having a leaner, more efficient staff.

"This service ranks as one of the best experiences of my life. I have enjoyed giving it my all and yet always realized I received so much more out of the endeavor than I ever invested in it," he said.

In addition, Holcomb announced that Executive Director Justin Garrett will be moving on to the private sector effective immediately.

Former Lt. Governor Becky Skillman will also step down from her role as National Committeewoman in July.

Under State Party rules, Vice Chair Sandi Huddleston, in her capacity as Acting Chairman upon Holcomb's resignation, will be charged with conducting the election for a new State Chair. Vice Chair Huddleston will also step down at that time herself.

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