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Monday, October 17, 2005

Okeson Named to State Post, Wyss Gets Appointment

1) Paul Okeson, formerly of Fort Wayne, has been appointed as Deputy Secretary of State of Indiana and Chief of Staff in the Secretary's office. The announcement was made this morning by Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita.

Paul now lives in Fishers, Indiana, and replaces Heather Willis, who is leaving to head a non-profit. He is the brother of John Okeson, former Clerk of the State Supreme and Appellate Courts. And as an aside, Paul completed his first triathlon earlier this year.

2) State Senator Tom Wyss of Fort Wayne was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Permanent Committee on Transportation by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Wyss, a 20-year veteran of the Indiana Senate, has been involved in transportation and public safety issues from the start of his legislative service. Drunk driving and seatbelt and child restraint use are several areas in which he has focused his attention. Senator Wyss chaired his chamber’s Transportation Committee for several years and has served on it for the past 10 years. He is also currently the chair of the Indiana Senate’s Homeland Security, Utilities and Public Policy Committee. He has utilized his expertise in these areas at NCSL as well, serving on the organization’s Transportation Committee for a decade, and its Task Force on Homeland Security.

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