Senate Republicans chief of staff, legal counsel leaving for law firm

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Indiana Senate Majority Caucus Chief of Staff and Chief Legal Counsel Jeff Papa is leaving his legislative work to take a position with Barnes & Thornburg LLP later this summer, Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced Tuesday.

Long, R-Fort Wayne, first hired Papa as chief of staff and chief legal counsel in 2007, making him the first person to serve in a chief of staff role for the Senate Majority Caucus. Papa began his legislative career as a Senate intern in 1992 and went on to serve multiple staff roles until 2001, when he left to work in Barnes’ Indianapolis office. He returned to the Senate in 2007 when Long was elected as president pro tem.

“Jeff Papa has served our senators and staff extremely well, and we are going to miss him greatly,” Long said in a statement. “Jeff is a smart and talented individual who applies a wealth of knowledge, legal expertise and genuine concern for the well-being of our state to his work each day. I am sad to see him go, but I wish him all the best as he transitions to his next opportunity in the private sector.”

Papa will leave the Senate in July to begin work as a partner in Barnes’ immigration law practice. Papa was elected mayor of Zionsville last June.

The Senate is now accepting applications for the chief of staff position. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to by May 10.


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