(INDIANAPOLIS) – Indiana Attorney General-elect Todd Rokita has selected Lori Torres to serve as Chief Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Staff in his new administration beginning January 11, 2021. Torres is the current Inspector General for Indiana, appointed to that post in 2017 by Governor Eric Holcomb.
“I am thrilled to have Inspector General Lori Torres joining our Administration as Chief Deputy and Chief of Staff. She is a skilled lawyer of the highest integrity and exactly the type of leader we need to take action for the citizens of our great state on day one,” said Attorney General-Elect Rokita.
Torres is a veteran public servant, having served as the Indiana Commissioner of Labor under Governor Mitch Daniels and as the former General Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). During her time at INDOT, she led a team of 100 people and consistently delivered results that were on time and on budget. She has practiced law for more than thirty years, including in private practice at Smart, Kessler & Torres in Johnson County for fifteen years and more recently at Ice Miller in Indianapolis.
As the Inspector General, Torres is charged with addressing fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, and wrongdoing in state government, experience she believes will be an asset in the Attorney General’s Office. “In the Inspector General’s office, we fostered a culture of integrity that contributed to public confidence in state government, a value I know is shared by Attorney General-Elect Rokita. The Office of the Attorney General plays an important role in protecting our freedoms and holding those that would do harm to Hoosiers accountable, and I am excited to help lead the team,” said Torres.
In addition to her new role in the administration as Chief Deputy Attorney General, Torres will serve as the Chief of Staff. She has also joined the transition team for Attorney General-Elect Todd Rokita as co-chair.
“Having served in leadership positions in three agencies, Lori understands how operations, policy, and the law intersect. I am grateful for her service as the Inspector General for Indiana and her continued service in this new role. With her, we gain the highest level of ethics, integrity, expertise and leadership, which will be a great benefit to the office and to the State of Indiana,” said Rokita.
Ms. Torres graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University Bloomington and received her law degree cum laude from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington and the IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. She lives with her family in Johnson County.