Governor Pence Names Danielle McGrath as Deputy Chief of Staff, Brady Brookes as Legislative Director


Governor Mike Pence today announced that Danielle McGrath has been named Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Governor. In this role, McGrath will report to Chief of Staff Jim Atterholt and will oversee executive branch agency and legislative matters for the Governor.


Prior to joining the Governor’s Office as Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs last year, McGrath served as the Executive Director of External Affairs for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). She graduated with honors from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and earned her master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington. Originally from northwest Indiana, she now resides in McCordsville with her husband Kyle.


Brady Brookes has been named Governor Pence’s Legislative Director to help coordinate and successfully pass the Governor’s legislative agenda. Brookes most recently served as Deputy Legislative Director, a position she has held since October 2014. Previously, she worked as Legislative Director for the Department of Child Services. She earned her undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


Governor Pence announced these changes upon accepting the resignation of Deputy Chief of Staff of Executive Branch Agencies Sean Keefer, who has served in the role since July 2014. Keefer has accepted the position of Director of Public Affairs under the Corporate Affairs Division of Pearson North America. Prior to his current role, Keefer served as Legislative Director for Governor Pence, and, earlier, as the Commissioner for the Department of Labor. He also previously served as the Chief of Staff at the Indiana State Department of Health under Governor Daniels. His letter of resignation can be found attached.


“As Deputy Chief of Staff, Sean Keefer has served Hoosiers well as a member of my senior staff,” said Governor Pence. “His counsel, leadership and service to the people of Indiana will be greatly missed. We wish him the best as he begins this new chapter of his life.”