Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence has picked a first-term state representative as his running mate.
An e-mail from the Pence campaign confirms State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) was announced as the pick at a YMCA in her home community this morning. If Pence is elected governor in November, Ellspermann will become the state’s next lieutenant governor, replacing Becky Skillman.
Ellspermann, who was first elected in 2010, holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and is the founder of the University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Applied Research. She previously spent 20 years running her own consulting firm and spent time at General Motors, Michelin and Frito-Lay.
Pence says he considered about 60 people for his running mate before deciding on Ellspermann.
“She has the values, the experience and the character to meet the demands of that office and should the need arise, I believe she has the character and ability to lead Indiana as our governor,” he says.
Ellspermann says she and Pence share the same focus in the campaign: job creation.
“To ensure that we bring the high tech, high wage jobs to Indiana and that means making sure we have a workforce that can fill those jobs as well as attracting the companies,” she says.
9th District Congressman Todd Young released statements touting Ellspermann’s job creation prospects as lieutenant governor. In a statement, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg’s campaign calls Pence-Ellspermann the Tea Party ticket, saying they have a divisive social agenda.
Ellspermann’s district covers parts of Orange, Dubois, Crawford, Perry and Spencer counties. She was unopposed in May’s primary election and was slated to run for a second term against Democrat Mike Schriefer in November. A caucus of party officials will name Ellspermann’s replacement on the general election ballot.
Ellspermann authored four bills in her first term in the House, two of which eventually became law:
HEA 1173, which changes a number of policies for the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration
HEA 1312, which changes rules for poultry sellers at farmer’s markets.