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Election 2012

November 7, 2012

Pence's Anderson district office to remain open until December

Brooks status uncertain

ANDERSON, Ind. — Officials for 6th Congressional District Rep. Mike Pence, now Gov-elect Pence, said Wednesday that his district office next to the Paramount Theatre Centre will remain open through mid-December to provide constituent services.

After that, office director Loni Czarniecki said the General Services Administration, an independent agency that manages federal government property and procurement, will decide what to do with the property.

However, now that Madison County is in the 5th Congressional District, Congresswoman-elect Susan Brooks may well have a say in whether the office stays or goes.

Brooks spokeswoman Dollyne Sherman said the first transition meeting was held on Wednesday, but that Brooks is committed to providing good constituent services to county residents.

“She hasn’t set a date to make those decisions, but she knows she needs to move quickly,” Sherman said.

Brooks will attend an orientation session for freshman members of the U.S. House in Washington, D.C., in the next couple of weeks where those kinds of issues will be addressed in detail, as well as how much of a budget exists for congressional district offices.

Casework for individual constituents is probably the most common work that’s performed in congressional district offices, which might include helping citizens seek help from federal agencies, such as the Internal Revenue service, immigration issues, Medicare, veterans affairs or matters pertaining to the Social Security Administration. Some congressional district offices — and Pence’s office was one of these — also sponsored job fairs.

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