Smith is leading Pence's transition efforts and has been meeting with interested groups. He has also led the creation of the Pence's gubernatorial team, one that is quickly filling with veteran Republicans from around the state.
Republican School Superintendent Tony Bennett's chief of staff, Heather Neal, will work as Pence's legislative liaison. Marilee Springer will leave powerhouse law firm Ice Miller, which maintains a strong presence in the Statehouse, to run Pence's policy shop. During the campaign, Springer led the creation of Pence's education and job training proposals.
Pence campaign field director Chris Crabtree will become the governor's deputy chief of staff in charge of community relations, and congressional aide Jennifer Pavlik will run the governor's office and direct scheduling as director of operations.
Pence has already tapped veteran lawmaker Jeff Espich to serve as his chief lobbyist and Daniels administration veteran Chris Atkins to work as his budget director. Mark Ahearn, who has served Republican lawmakers stretching back to then-U.S. Sen. Dan Quayle, will be Pence's chief counsel.