By Jarred Meeks
Zionsville resident Adam Krupp, 41, announced Jan. 13 his resignation as commissioner of the Indiana Dept. of Revenue, effective at the end of the month, to run for Indiana attorney general.
“I’m just ready to do more for Indiana as a proud public servant,” Krupp said.
Krupp has served under former Govs. Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence and serves for Gov. Eric Holcomb. Krupp said he is qualified to serve Indiana as its next attorney general.
Before joining the Dept of Revenue, Krupp served as general counsel for Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles. He also was special counsel to Pence and was deputy director and counsel for Indiana’s Division of Family Resources. Krupp also has significant private-sector law firm experience.
At the Dept. of Revenue, Krupp was tasked with overseeing an organization with 700 employees.
“I view the office of attorney general as a public law firm,” Krupp said. “And Indiana’s attorney general, in that sense, is the managing partner of that public law firm. It’s about organizational leadership, and you have to inspire at the attorney general’s office approximately 350 professionals to sacrifice personal gain and commit to something bigger than themselves.”
Krupp’s announcement comes as Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill faces multiple sexual misconduct accusations. Hill, a Republican, took office in 2017 and plans to run for a second term. But in light of the accusations, many top officials, including Holcomb, have expressed a desire for him to step down.
“As an attorney, I believe in due process. The process will play itself out. I think we’re close to resolution,” Krupp said of the accusations against Hill. “I think voters are ready for this to come to a conclusion. I’m sure delegates are as well. There’s no doubt it’s been a major distraction, and ultimately, we’ve got to change the conversation from the negative and the cloud surrounding the current administration to the positive and what the Indiana Attorney General can do for Hoosiers and what the office is supposed to do to protect our state’s interests, and until we reach resolution, we’re just not going to be able to get there.
“And we may not be able to get there unless we have a new attorney general, and I hope to be the person to get to serve in that capacity, to really honor the office as it should be, to the benefit of all Hoosiers.”
If elected, Krupp said he wants to continue many of the initiatives at the attorney general’s office but also bring a renewed focus to cybersecurity and cybercrime.
“I know that there is some work done at the attorney general’s office already with identity theft, but it’s not as proactive as it should be,” Krupp said.
Krupp also wants to bolster the prosecution of tax evasion cases, amont other initiatives.
“(I want to) bring a dedicated focus to child support delinquencies,” Krupp said. “Protecting our most vulnerable is part of what the attorney general’s office does.”
Krupp also wants to create an open government division to promote transparency, shifting the public access councilor’s office into the attorney general’s office.
“They essentially administer and enforce a law designed to promote transparency, and I think the attorney general’s office is uniquely positioned to put some real teeth behind that law,” Krupp said.
With Krupp’s announcement, he joins Hill and fellow Zionsville resident John Westercamp in vying for the Republican nomination for attorney general. Convention delegates will decide which of the three candidates will represent the Republican Party in the May 5 primary. The general election is Nov. 3.
Get to know Adam Krupp
Morning person or night owl: Night owl
TV show he’s watching: The second season of “The Kominsky Method”
Currently reading: “The Infinite Game” by Simon Sinek
Hobbies: Running, collecting sports memorabilia, chasing his two boys, ages 6 and 2
Education: Plymouth high school (1997 graduate), Purdue University (2000 undergraduate) and IU McKinney school of law (2004).
Favorite things to do with wife and sons: Go to the local park, church, take them to get ice cream