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New state chairman coming to Allen GOP barbecue

Tim Berry was state auditor when he was invited to the Allen County Republican Party’s golf outing and barbecue. But he will attend the Monday gathering as the new chairman of the state GOP.

The party’s state executive committee is expected to elect Berry as its leader at a Monday afternoon meeting in Indianapolis. He will take part in a 3 p.m. news conference with Gov. Mike Pence, who had recommended him for the post, and then head to Fort Wayne for the barbecue at Chestnut Hills Golf Club on Illinois Road, according to Steve Shine, chairman of the Allen County Republican Party.

“He is going to be freshly minted,” Shine said Wednesday about Berry, who is from Fort Wayne.

Others who are expected to attend the Chestnut Hills events include 3rd District U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and state Senate President Pro Tem David Long of Fort Wayne.

Berry, the second-term auditor and former two-term state treasurer, will replace Eric Holcomb, who resigned as state Republican chairman in June and was later named chief of staff for Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind.

Pence on Wednesday recommended that the GOP state committee select Coats’ wife, Marsha, to replace Becky Skillman on the Republican National Committee. Skillman, former lieutenant governor, announced her resignation from the panel the same day Holcomb said he would leave the chairman’s job.

Marsha Coats said in a statement, “The Indiana Republican Party has long been the party of purpose, and I am excited about the opportunity to serve Hoosiers in this new capacity.”

Skillman joined the national committee in June 2012 for a four-year term.