February 22, 2018
(Whitestown, IN) – Six leaders of the Lafayette and West Lafayette community have endorsed conservative businessman Steve Braun in his race for Congress in Indiana’s 4th Congressional District. Civic and business leader Gary Lehman, former State Senator Brandt Hershman, businessman Loren King, former State Representative Randy Truitt, City Councilor Jon Jones, and County Commissioner Tom Murtaugh all announced their support of Braun.
“I’m honored to earn the support from such a dynamic group of conservative leaders,” said Braun. “Conservatives are standing with me because I’ll go to Congress and use my private sector experience to create jobs, secure the border, reduce regulations and cut spending so our kids and grandkids have the same opportunities we’ve had.”
Braun has spent his career focused on helping employers and employees, creating good paying jobs, and advising some of the largest companies in America.
“From building a company from scratch, creating hundreds of jobs, and preparing the Hoosier workforce for our economic future, Steve Braun is not just saying ‘America First’, he’s living it,” said Gary Lehman, who like Braun ran his own company and holds several board and executive positions with business and civic organizations including the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and the Indiana Manufacturing Association.
“I had the chance to witness firsthand the trust that then-Governor Mike Pence placed in Steve Braun as a member of his cabinet. He was committed to using his deep private sector experience to drive Indiana’s workforce development,” said Hershman, who chaired the Tax and Policy Committee in the Indiana Senate until retiring this past December. “Steve’s values and unmatched record in the private sector make him the best choice to represent the 4th District, and to advance conservative principles in Congress.”
In 1990 Steve 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.