Gov.-elect Pence Names Director of Office of Management and Budget

Staff Report

Carmel, IN - Governor-elect Mike Pence announced today that he will appoint Chris Atkins to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget in the new administration.

Atkins will bring a wealth of fiscal policy experience into the Office of Management and Budget. Prior to joining Mike Pence for Indiana as policy director, Atkins served as general counsel and policy director for Governor Mitch Daniels in the Indiana Office of Management and Budget. At OMB, Atkins helped Governor Daniels craft and implement the historic 2008 property tax reform legislation, the 2011 corporate tax reform legislation which lowered the corporate income tax rate by 20 percent, and as OMB general counsel had responsibility for regulatory oversight of state agencies.

Gov.-elect Pence said, "Chris's expertise in fiscal policy and his background in Governor Daniels' Office of Management and Budget will be invaluable to our administration. Chris will head up our efforts to expand the Daniels fiscal legacy by working with the General Assembly to pass honestly balanced budgets, maintain strong reserves, pay down our debt and reduce taxes."

Prior to joining Governor Daniels' team, Atkins held several tax and fiscal policy positions in national organizations, including Senior Tax Counsel at the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Atkins was policy director for Pence's campaign and played a major role in developing 13 policy white papers and the Roadmap for Indiana. He is a graduate of Wabash College and the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University- Bloomington.