Senior staff writer
Southside humanitarian, political leader, business owner and family man Jeff Cardwell is in line to become the next chairman of the Indiana Republican Party, succeeding Tim Berry.
Gov. Mike Pence publicly recommended Cardwell for the state’s prominent party leadership position last week. The Republican State Committee is to meet April 1 to formally appoint Cardwell to the influential post.
Cardwell initially served in Pence’s administration in 2013 as a senior advisor and director of Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives. Cardwell, president and CEO of Cardwell Do-it Best Home Center on Madison Avenue, was a City-County councilor from 2008 until early 2013.
The state party chair oversees fundraising activities, election of Republicans throughout the state, recruitment of potential candidates and shoring up the party from its grassroots to the highest levels in the state.
Cardwell said he will be true to his Southside roots and stated his main goal: “How are we helping the people?”
It is a premise that has served him well from the local People Helping People network to international humanitarian relief efforts.
“I plan to go on a listening tour around the state,” Cardwell said. “I want to tour the state, meet the county chairs and leaders and listen to ways that we can move the Republican Party and the state of Indiana forward.”
Berry announced last week that he was stepping down after leading the party to victory in secretary of state, treasurer and auditor races, plus expanded majorities in both chambers of the Statehouse.
“As a former City-County councilman, Jeff will bring a local grassroots perspective that will be invaluable,” Berry stated. “I’m confident he will lead our strong team and work hard to support our Republican candidates – especially as we head into this year’s important municipal elections.”
Berry, who served as state party chair since July 2013, will stay in office through April to assure a smooth transition.