Braun to Resign as Workforce Development Commissioner

Indiana Department of Workforce Development commissioner and Jasper native Steve Braun is planning to resign from his post at the end of August.

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s spokeswoman confirmed the news Wednesday to the Indianapolis Business Journal but declined to say why he was leaving.

Braun is a 1978 graduate of Jasper High School and a Graduate of Harvard University. He is a former state legislator and was hired to lead the agency in late 2014 by former Gov. Mike Pence and retained by Holcomb earlier this year.

Braun’s resignation will be effective August 30th.

Stephanie Wilson, the governor’s press secretary says she did not have a resignation letter she could immediately provide and said it was up to Braun to explain his reasons for leaving. Braun’s spokesman did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Indiana politicos have floated Braun’s name as a possible contender to run for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Rep. Todd Rokita, who is running for U.S. Senate. Braun previously represented Zionsville as a state legislator and before that led a data company in the private sector.

His brother, Mike Braun of Jasper, is also running to be the Republican nominee in the U.S. Senate race against Rokita and U.S. Rep. Luke Messer.

Steve and his wife the former Jennifer Schneider reside in Zionsville. They have 5 children and 3 grandchildren.

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