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Long-Time Indiana Republican Party Secretary Honored With Sagamore Of The Wabash
Updated March 23, 2017 7:16 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Barb McClellan, who has served the Indiana Republican Party in various capacities including as a fundraiser Party Treasurer and Party Secretary for 50 years, was honored with a Sagamore of the Wabash Wednesday upon her retirement as Secretary.

The award was presented to her by State Chairman Kyle Hupfer on behalf of Governor Eric Holcomb.

"Fifty years is a long time, but I feel the same way now as when I first came to the Indiana Republican Party," said McClellan. "I have loved working with our counties and precinct committee people all these years and I thank them all for working with me."

Chairman Hupfer said, "It's been a pleasure to work with Barb in my role as Rules Committee Chair over the last several years. Her knowledge and commitment to the Party is unrivaled. I look forward to her continuing to be part of the Party's efforts as she continues in a part-time role focused on training and helping our county parties."

McClellan first came to the Indiana Republican Party to audit the organization's books in 1967. She then became a fundraiser before assuming the role of Treasurer for two decades and Secretary for another two decades. McClellan plans to remain on staff part-time to assist in training county parties and precinct committee members, in addition to assisting with the operations of the biennial State Convention, an event she has helped manage and spearhead 25 times.

Quotes from Former State Party Chairs

"For 50 years, Barb McClellan has been the steady rock of the Indiana Republican Party. She has guided 18 State Party chairs, including me, with her knowledge and insight of the Party's rules and state law, and she has inspired countless local party leaders with her passion and dedication. Janet and I join our fellow members of Indiana's Party of Purpose in thanking Barb for her service to the cause and wishing her the best in her well-deserved retirement." - Governor Eric Holcomb

"Barbara retiring? Say it ain't so! She has trained every State Chairman since Abraham Lincoln. Seriously though, Barbara has been the bedrock of the Party - through bad times and good times. Nobody knows the Party rules and State laws better than Barbara. She really helped me and the Party when I was State Chairman and I will never forget it. She deserves a Sagamore, and so much more! I love Barbara and Bob, and wish them both a Happy Retirement!" - Rex Early

"Barb McClellan trained virtually every State Chairman in the last 50 years. I probably knew the least of her flock and the dramatic reorganization we undertook could not have been accomplished without her steady hand and advice through the process. Myself and our Party has been bless with Barb's service - she's made a big footprint on our history." - Jim Kittle

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