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Former commissioner returning to INDOT

Gov. Mike Pence has tapped Karl Browning for a second stint as commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Browning has been executive director of the Hoosier Lottery since December 2011. He previously was INDOT commissioner from 2006 to 2009, when he oversaw the contracting of the Interstate 69 extension project.

“I believe roads mean jobs. An effective Department of Transportation is critical to Indiana’s success, and I am pleased to announce the appointment of Karl Browning as the next commissioner,” Pence said.

“Karl is the right leader for this agency at a critical time in the development of our state’s infrastructure, and I am grateful he is willing to continue to serve the people of Indiana in this role.

“He brings extensive experience, integrity and a steady hand to one of state government’s most important tasks. Under his leadership, the Indiana Department of Transportation will operate efficiently and effectively for the benefit of Hoosiers across the state.”

Browning replaces Michael Cline, who took a job with his former boss, Mitch Daniels, at Purdue University.

Before his service in state government, Browning worked in the private sector as an executive of The Schneider Corp. and Golden Rule Insurance Co.

Brandye Hendrickson will continue as interim commissioner during the transition.

A news release did not say when Browning will start his new position.