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Pence names human services chief, ag director

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2013 at 11:04 pm •  Published: January 17, 2013

Pence also named Gina Sheets to lead the Agriculture Department, where she has been director of economic development and international trade. Before joining the agency, she served as economic Development Director and CEO of the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband Travis own a Clinton County farm where they raise pasture poultry and beef, free range hens, rainbow trout and produce.

"Our ag industry is strong, but it also has some tremendous potential," said Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, who oversees the state's agriculture efforts. "We'll focus heavily on economic development and innovation including competitive tax structure for farmers, growing international opportunities and ... a food and agriculture innovation corridor."

Building such a corridor in Indiana is recommended in a recent industry report, she said.

Pence also said he will travel to Washington to represent Indiana at Obama's second inauguration on Sunday.

He said he and his wife, Karen, have a "target move date" of Feb. 2 for relocating to the Governor's Residence on Indianapolis's north side.

"We're looking very much forward to taking that opportunity to move into the Governor's Residence, and make that our home over the next four years," Pence said.