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John R. Hammond III is former co-chair of Ice Miller's Public Affairs Group. As a veteran of Indiana state government, he has helped shape a wide variety of public policy, including tax to environmental management policy, education policy and tort reform, transportation, insurance, and economic development policies.

John served as a key aide to former Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr during his time as lieutenant governor, as well as serving as a deputy campaign manager for Orr's gubernatorial run in 1979-80 and heading up his transition team in 1980. He was senior executive assistant for Legislative Affairs and Education Policy in the Orr administration, serving as chief legislative liaison for six general sessions and three special sessions of the Indiana Legislature during the 1980s. Since leaving Indiana state government he has led the governmental and public affairs programs for several major Indiana firms.

He is a frequent public affairs panelist and lecturer, and is the co-author of the article "Campaigns and Candidates: Lawyers and Their Obligations," prepared for the Legislative Services Agency for Continuing Legal Education's seminar titled, "The Lawyer-Lobbyist." He also serves as a Republican commentator and analyst on Indiana Week in Review, a state wide public affairs news program of WFYI focusing on Indiana government and politics. He has served as a senior advisor to several statewide campaigns.

John is serving his second, four-year term as Indiana's Republican National Committeeman on the Republican National Committee, where he serves on The Executive Committee and also as the Vice Chair of the Rules Committee. John is also a member of the National Finance Committee of the Republican Governors Association.

John was awarded his Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University in 1976, and a juris doctor from the Indiana University School of Law in 1991. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana.

John joined Ice Miller in February 2001.
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  • Co-Author, "Campaigns and Candidates: Lawyers and Their Obligations," Legislative Services Agency for Continuing Legal Education Regarding the Rules of Professional Conduct, "The Lawyer-Lobbyist"
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