Clark to leave post as Indiana GOP Chair

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Press release from the Indiana Republican Party:

Clark to leave post as Indiana GOP Chair

(December 15, 2010) – Indiana Republican Party Chairman Murray Clark announced to the party’s State Central Committee on Wednesday morning that he will be stepping down from that post at the end of the year.

“I cannot overstate what a privilege and honor it has been serving in this capacity,” said Clark. “It’s never easy to step away from a role that is as challenging and rewarding as chairman of your political party, but this timing makes best sense as we enter the next two election cycles. With the upcoming municipal races, redistricting, and the final two years of Governor Daniels term all getting underway in January, it is best for the party to hand over the reins as the new year kicks off.”

Since becoming the Chairman in early 2006, Indiana Republicans under Clark managed to hold on to every statewide office despite national political environments that strongly favored Democrats in 2006 and 2008. In 2008 Gov. Mitch Daniels garnered a record-setting number of votes in his reelection bid. In 2010, the Indiana GOP won control of the Indiana House of Representatives by a 60-40 margin, increased their majority in the Senate to a 37-13 margin, picked up two Congressional seats to give Republicans a 6-3 edge in Indiana’s delegation to the U.S. House, and won back the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Evan Bayh for 12 years.

Governor Mitch Daniels praised Clark and his tenure as State Chairman.

“I just can’t thank him enough. He’s been a great chairman in every respect,” said Daniels. “A good steward of funds who has always kept a positive face on the Republican Party, we’ve been lucky to have him.”

Clark’s resignation is effective Friday, December 31, 2010.

In addition to Clark’s departure as Chairman, the Indiana GOP also announced that Kevin Ober will step down as executive director at the end of the year, a position he has held since 2007.

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