Gov.-elect Mike Pence has tapped a retired lawmaker with four decades of legislative experience to guide his agenda through the Statehouse.
Pence announced Thursday that Jeff Espich would serve as his top adviser for legislative affairs.
Espich chaired the powerful House Ways and Means Committee when he retired from the General Assembly this year.
Espich will have numerous strong relationships among House and Senate lawmakers to trade on as he lobbies for Pence's priorities. Pence has yet to say exactly what he will seek in his first year in office, other than saying he would like lawmakers to cut the state's personal income tax by 10 percent.
Espich joins Budget Director Chris Atkins and Chief Counsel Mark Ahearn in the still forming Pence team.