(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is backing conservative businessman Steve Braun in his bid for Indiana’s 4th Congressional District.
“Steve Braun has a proven track record as a business leader, state legislator and Indiana Department of Workforce Development commissioner. He is the candidate most qualified to deliver positive solutions and results on issues critical to businesses,” said Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “We know that Steve will champion the pro-growth policies that Hoosiers in the 4th District are seeking in their next member of Congress.”
“I’m honored to earn the support of the Indiana Chamber, and view it as a testament to my background as a successful business leader and job creator, as well as my vision as a candidate,” said Braun, who spent over 25 years in the private sector. “In Congress, I’ll stand with the Indiana Chamber and work to grow and protect jobs, prepare our workforce for the jobs of tomorrow, reduce regulations and taxes, and support other measures that promote a pro-growth economic environment that help Hoosier businesses expand.”
The Indiana Chamber’s Congressional Affairs Committee, which determined Braun’s endorsement, is a nonpartisan group comprised of volunteer business leaders from around the state.
Braun has spent his career focused on helping employers and employees, creating good paying jobs, and advising some of the largest companies in America.
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.
The Indiana Chamber partners with 25,000 members and investors – representing over four million Hoosiers – to achieve the mission of “cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity.”