Lebanon, IN – Lebanon Republican officials and community leaders gathered for event with Steve Braun Thursday at the Elks Lodge in Lebanon.
The event was hosted by former Mayor Huck Lewis and local businessman Dan Lamar, and attended by County Assessor Lisa Garoffolo, Lebanon Clerk-Treasurer Tonya Thayer, Commissioner Jeff Wolfe, and County Councilor Keith Van Horn among other local Republican and community leaders.
Braun, a Boone County resident, stumped to drum up support for his campaign, citing his business background and experience as key reasons for his strong show of support among Republicans locally and across the 4th District.
"I'm extremely encouraged by the response we've seen from Republicans across the 4th District," said Braun. "What I hear from them is they want a leader with business experience and track record of helping businesses grow and hire new workers, as well as preparing Americans for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”
In 1990 Steve Braun launched Braun Technology Group, a hi-tech consulting company that he grew to more than 700 employees. During one successful term in the Indiana House of Representatives, Steve led the fight for an honestly balanced budget without raising taxes and helped eliminate the Estate Tax. Having co-authored bills that modernized Indiana’s workforce development efforts, in 2014, then-Gov. Pence named Steve Commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development.
Under his leadership, Steve led an effort to identify and eliminate fraud in the unemployment system, ultimately saving taxpayers $200 million. Under Steve’s direction, Indiana reduced its rate of veteran unemployment from one of the highest in the nation to the lowest in the nation at under 2%.
Steve and his wife of 35 years, Jennifer, have lived in Boone County for more than twenty years. They have five grown children and four grandchildren. Steve is also a founding member of the Oaks Academy school which provides a Christ-centered education to inner city youth.