Nicholas Stein, an attorney and racing fan, has been appointed chairman of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission by Gov. Frank O'Bannon. Stein, of New Albany near the Kentucky border, replaces Michael Schaeffer, who has chaired the commission since its inception in 1989.
Schaeffer leaves because of a term-limit rule. The commission oversees Thoroughbred, Standardbred, and Quarter Horse racing at Hoosier Park, Indiana's only pari-mutuel facility.
"Mike Schaefer is the only chair the commission has ever had," O'Bannon said. "He has helped our state's horse racing industry grow and prosper, winning the deep gratitude and boundless respect of the horse racing community. His will be large shoes to fill."
Stein served as chief deputy prosecutor and then prosecutor in Floyd County, and was vice president of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council. He has practiced law in New Albany since 1978.
"I am a lifelong fan of horse racing, and I'm really looking forward to getting in on the organizational side," Stein said. "Living just across the river from Kentucky, I am especially aware of the stature of horse racing there."
Stein has served as president of LifeSpring Mental Health Services, Floyd County Community Corrections, and the parish pastoral council of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. He has been a board member of the Floyd County Youth Shelter and Floyd County Head Start. He is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington and the University of Louisville School of Law in Kentucky.