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Gov.-elect Pence picks supporter’s son for post

Updated: January 10, 2013 11:06PM



INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov.-elect Mike Pence has named the son of his campaign chairman to help lead the state’s jobs-creation efforts.

Pence announced Thursday his pick of Victor Smith to become secretary of the state’s Department of Commerce. Pence says Smith’s experience as a business executive will help in selling Indiana to both domestic and overseas companies.

Smith is the son of Muncie industrialist Van Smith, who was Pence’s campaign chairman and is a member of his transition team.

Pence also named Fort Wayne businessman Eric Doden the new CEO of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. Doden has worked with a private equity firm based in Fort Wayne and previously was investment director of Ambassador Enterprises.

Pence will be sworn in on Monday as Indiana’s new governor.



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