Pence’s chief of staff – Bill Smith – leaves to create public affairs firm



By Andi TenBarge

INDIANAPOLIS – One of Gov. Mike Pence’s most trusted advisers announced Tuesday that he would leave the administration about 16 months after the Republican took office.

Bill Smith, the governor’s chief of staff at the Statehouse and in his congressional office, resigned to form a public affairs and strategic communications firms to work with the future campaigns.

Smith worked with Pence in several campaigns and roles since 2000. He worked as then U.S. Rep. Pence’s chief of staff in Washington, D.C and senior advisor to the 2012 gubernatorial campaign.

“Bill Smith’s contributions since the outset of our administration have been incalculable and I will always be grateful for his tireless service to the state of Indiana.” Pence said. “His integrity and strong leadership as director of our transition team and then as my chief of staff contributed significantly to our success.”

Smith mentioned in his resignation letter to the governor that it has been an honor “serving you and the people of Indiana.” He continued to praise Pence’s staff as “an outstanding group of public servants.”

“Bill Smith made a difference for the people of Indiana,” Pence said. “We wish him well in his new endeavor and look forward to working with him often in his new capacity.”


  1. A lobbyist is born. Pence’s guy is quitting government to sell access to Pence. Nothing new about it, still repugnant though, whoever does it. Most people contact the Scowler through various totems or his hair dryer.

  2. If he moves to North Carolina he’ll be a shoe-in to replace Donnelly next go around……

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