Students Serve as Externs in the Office of Governor Mike Pence, ‘86


Governor Mike Pence, ’86, was elected the 50th Governor of the State of Indiana in 2012 and inaugurated January 14, 2013. Two weeks after the inauguration, Luke Bielawski and Keaton Miller began a Program on Law and State Government (PLSG) externship in the Governor’s Office.

 “These two dynamic young men made important contributions to the early days of the administration,” said Governor Pence.

Bielawski, who will graduate in December 2013, had already completed a PLSG externship in the Indiana Senate during the 2011 session and applied for an externship in the Indiana Governor’s Office.

“I wanted to gain some experience in the executive branch of government,” he said.

Miller is earning a master of business administration degree through the law school’s joint degree program with the IU Kelley School of Business on the IUPUI campus. “I knew I wanted to participate in an externship because I place a high value on experiential learning – there are some things that just can’t be learned from a casebook or the Socratic method,” Miller said. “In addition to legal research and writing, I also helped the new administration implement a variety of processes for several gubernatorial duties, such as judicial appointments, bill signings, rule promulgations, and pardon considerations.”

Governor Pence, a lifelong Hoosier, grew up in Columbus, Indiana, graduated from Columbus North High School, and went on to graduate from Hanover College in 1981. He earned his J.D. from the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1986. No stranger to government service, prior to his election as Governor, Pence served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. In 2008, Pence was elected Republican Conference Chairman, the third-highest ranking Republican leadership position. He was the first Representative from Indiana to hold a U.S. House leadership position since 1981.

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