State representative tapped as new commissioner of state’s Department of Workforce Development

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INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 28, 2014) – An Indiana state representative will step down from his position to become head of the state’s Department of Workforce Development.

Steve Braun, R-Zionsville, will take over at DWD once his term wraps up in mid-November. Current Commissioner Scott Sanders will become senior deputy commissioner, providing operational management and executive oversight of the Unemployment Insurance division.

Gov. Mike Pence announced the addition of Braun to the department Thursday. Braun has served in the Indiana House of Representatives since 2012, working on behalf of Hoosiers in Boone and Hamilton counties (House District 24).

Notable pieces of legislation he authored include House Bill 1002, which created the Indiana Career Council, and House Bill 1003, which created the Indiana Network of Knowledge governance board.

Braun will appear on the ballot for reelection in November because the July 15 deadline to withdraw from the race has already passed. If he wins the race, he’ll resign so he can assume his new duties at DWD.

Braun is currently self-employed and is focused on start-ups and real estate investments. In 1990, he founded a firm that provided data warehouse and business intelligence solutions for Fortune 1000 companies.

The company, Braun Consulting, was eventually bought in 2004, and Braun continued working there for another two years. He’s a founding contributor of the Oaks Academy and earned his bachelor of science in economics from Harvard University.

He’ll start his new job on Nov. 24.