Sean Keefer

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Sean Keefer
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Indiana Commissioner of Labor
Former officeholder
In office
January 2013 – September 2013
PredecessorLori Torres
Base salary$99,180
Elections and appointments
Appointed byGov. Mike Pence (R)
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Sean Keefer served as the Commissioner of Labor in Indiana from January - September 2013.[1]

On September 18, 2013, Keefer became Legislative Director in the Office of Governor Mike Pence (R).[2]

Keefer previously served as Chief of Staff for the Indiana State Department.


Legislative Director in the Office of the Governor (September 2013-Present)

On September 9, 2013, Gov. Pence named Keefer as his Legislative Director.[3] In this position, Keefer's responsibilities include overseeing the progression of the governor's legislative agenda, coordinating the administration's lobbying efforts, and negotiating with the legislature. He is also tasked with informing the governor and his staff how the legislature is likely to react to various proposals made by the administration. If and when the need arises, Keefer will also advise Pence on whether or not to approve or veto legislation.[4]

Commissioner of Labor (January-September 2013)

On January 14, 2013, Keefer was appointed Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor by Gov. Mike Pence (R).[5] Keefer promised 2,000 workplace safety inspections in 2013, leading some to scrutinize this decision. The federal arm of OSHA opened an investigation into Indiana's program due to concerns that requiring more inspections without hiring additional workers could lead to less-thorough investigations.[6]

Deputy Commissioner of Labor

Keefer served as the Deputy Commissioner of Labor under the administration of former-governor, Mitch Daniels. While serving in this position, Keefer oversaw the OSHA consultation program, INSafe. This role required him to manage a team of "occupational safety and health professionals" who used their knowledge to consult, train and educate Indiana employees, employers, and other professionals. During his tenure as Deputy Commissioner, OSHA honored INSafe with an On-Site Consultation Achievement Recognition Award (OSCAR), the first for this division.[5]



Keefer was appointed as Indiana Commissioner of Labor in 2013 by Gov. Pence.[1]


Originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Keefer now resides in Fishers. He lives with his wife, Gabriela, and his two children, Santiago and Ramiro.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lori Torres
Indiana Commissioner of Labor
January – September 2013
Succeeded by
Rick Ruble