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Indiana Department of Labor

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Sean M. Keefer

Sean M. Keefer was appointed as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor by Governor Michael R. Pence on Monday, January 14, 2013. He returns to the Indiana Department of Labor where he previously served as Deputy Commissioner under the Daniels' administration. In his previous role with the department, Mr. Keefer presided over the OSHA consultation program, INSafe. In this capacity, he managed a team of occupational safety and health professionals who provided OSHA consultation, training, education and outreach to Hoosier employers, employees, professional groups and trade associations. While Mr. Keefer served in this role, the division was recognized by federal OSHA for the first time with an On-Site Consultation Achievement Recognition Award (OSCAR). Mr. Keefer also served the department as Legislative Director and Public Information Officer.

Most recently, Mr. Keefer served as Chief of Staff in the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) where he managed over 800 employees and a $350-million dollar budget. He oversaw many projects at the ISDH, such as the push to digitize the Vital Records Vault that houses millions of marriage, death and birth certificates as well as creating more cost effective technology. These efforts led to a 50% reduction of the cost of birth certificates for Hoosiers. Mr. Keefer was instrumental in the implementation of MyVaxIndiana Immunization Portal which enables parents to access vaccination records for their children online. He also was instrumental in the creation and sustainability of the ISDH's division of Trauma and Injury Prevention. While at the ISDH, Mr. Keefer was also appointed to the State Child Fatality Review Committee in 2012 by then Governor Mitch Daniels. 

Mr. Keefer also served as Deputy Secretary of State and Chief of Staff in the Indiana Secretary of State's office. Before joining the Secretary of State’s office, he served as the Director of Global Health & Science Policy for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). One of his key responsibilities was to spear-head legislative efforts at the state and federal level on various health-related initiatives with the NFL, NCAA, American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other organizations. He also served on many committees to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles, including serving as one of the U.S. liaisons for Rafa/PANA (Physical Activity Network of the Americas), and served as chair of the Media and Policy Committee for the "Exercise is Medicine" initiative which worked directly with the U.S. Surgeon General's office. He also worked with leadership from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to execute a Memorandum of Understanding between ACSM and the World Health Organization to tackle health issues such as diabetes, obesity and built environment in urban settings in North and Central/South America.

Previously, Mr. Keefer worked in the public affairs division of Bose Public Affairs where he worked on various regulatory and legislative initiatives for clients including Nestle and the "Major Moves" Consortium.

Mr. Keefer graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political economics. Mr. Keefer earned his Master of Arts degree in Western European Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. Moreover, he completed graduate work in international public policy and development at Georgetown University where the course work sent him to Buenos Aires, Argentina for two years which enabled him to become fluent in Spanish. Mr. Keefer is also a Six Sigma Green Belt.

A native of Fort Wayne, Commissioner Keefer currently resides in Fishers, Indiana with his wife, Gabriela, and his children, Santiago and Ramiro.