Governor Mike Pence today announced that State Representative and Jasper native Steve Braun will serve as Commissioner for the Department of Workforce Development after he concludes his term as a state representative in mid-November.
Current Commissioner Scott Sanders will continue to serve the agency as the department’s Senior Deputy Commissioner providing operational management and executive oversight of the Unemployment Insurance division.
Since 2012, Braun has served in the Indiana House of Representatives on behalf of Hoosiers in House District 24, which includes Boone and Hamilton counties. As a legislator, Braun co-authored House Bill 1002, which created the Indiana Career Council, and authored House Bill 1003, which created the Indiana Network of Knowledge governance board.
Braun says the opportunity to lead the Department of Workforce Development will allow him to serve the entire state, and says as he finishes his current term, looks forward to continuing his public service in a new capacity:
In a news release Govenor Pence says with expertise as both a public servant and a successful entrepreneur, Steve has the unique background and skills necessary to continue to drive Indiana’s workforce development and pair it with innovative career and education opportunities for Hoosiers.
Pence says under Braun’s leadership, Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development will work to align its efforts with the Indiana Career Council and Regional Works Councils in order to ensure career pathways and readiness for all Hoosiers.
Braun will appear on the ballot as a candidate for re-election this November, as the July 15 deadline to withdraw from the ballot had passed before discussions about the position at the DWD began. He will resign that seat in order to serve as the Workforce Development Commissioner if re-elected.
His brother Mike Braun of Jasper is running unopposed for for the District 63 seat of the Indiana House of Representatives.
Currently, Braun is self-employed focusing on start-ups and real estate investments. Braun founded Braun Technology Group, later Braun Consulting, in 1990, which developed data warehouse and business intelligence solutions for Fortune 1000 companies.
At its height in 2001, Braun Consulting employed more than 700 employees in 13 offices across the United States including in Indianapolis, Chicago, Boston, New York, Denver, Dallas, and Minneapolis. In 2004, Fair Isaac Group acquired Braun Consulting. Braun continued to work with the company and managed its worldwide consulting group, consisting of more than 500 consultants, until 2006.
He was awarded the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in 1998 and is a founding contributor of The Oaks Academy in Indianapolis.
The 1978 graduate of Jasper High School earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Harvard University. He and his wife the former Jennifer Schneider have five grown children and two grandchildren.
Braun will assume his new role on November 24th.