Eric Holcomb, a longtime aide to Gov. Mitch Daniels, was unanimously elected chairman of the Indiana Republican Party on Monday.
Daniels is considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination since he’s term-limited out of office in 2012, and Holcomb’s move to the state party has prompted speculation about Daniels’ intentions.
Holcomb, 42, is deputy chief of staff in the governor’s office, and he worked on the governor’s 2004 and 2008 campaigns. As chairman of the state party, Holcomb will be a member of the Republican National Committee and will be able to vote in its elections next week. Fellow Indiana Committeeman James Bopp Jr., the leader of the Republican National Conservative Caucus, has endorsed Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus in the race for RNC chairman.
Holcomb replaces Murray Clark, an Indianapolis lawyer and former state Senator who stepped down at the end of the year.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.