Dwayne Sawyer sworn in as state auditor
Sawyer sworn in to replace new GOP chair Tim Berry
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INDIANAPOLIS - State government has a full roster again. Newly appointed state Auditor Dwayne Sawyer took his oath of office Monday morning, four days after his selection by Gov. Mike Pence.
In his first public appearance as auditor, Sawyer made it clear he has many talents, including crunching numbers and folding laundry.
Sawyer is the first African-American Republican to hold statewide office, although three black Democrats preceded him.
He takes over for Tim Berry, who resigned with a little less than a year and a half on his term to become Republican State Chairman.
Sawyer has a background in financial management, information technology and accounting software that will help him with the auditor's job of paying the state's workers and bills and balancing its checkbook.
He promised hard work and a seamless transition, although he stressed that the most important part of his team are his wife and three kids, who bring a smile to his face with their shouts of, "Daddy's home!"
"Whether I'm wrestling with my little man, and I usually let him win, or sitting down to a formal tea party with the girls, or helping my wife wash and fold laundry, I've learned that...well, I can see some of the wives looking at their husbands...yes, I do do laundry. I really do," Sawyer said.
Sawyer may have to put the laundry and tea parties on hold for a while, though.
He has promised Pence he will run for a full term as auditor next year to try and keep the office in Republican hands.
That means he'll be hitting the Republican banquet circuit soon to get to know the people he'll need as delegates at next year's convention.
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