(Ferdinand, Ind.) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence has picked a female state lawmaker as his running mate.
Pence named Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) as his choice for lieutenant governor during a rally in her hometown Monday.
The current Sixth District U.S. Congressman said Ellspermann has the business background and experience in state government to make a great lieutenant governor.
"Mike Pence's top priority is job creation," said Ellspermann. "As an engineer, I understand the importance of technical skills development in our workforce to attract high wage, high tech jobs to Indiana."
According to an e-mail announcement from the Pence campaign, Ellsperman has had a very successful career in engineering and management:
She holds a bachelor's degree and a PhD in industrial engineering from Purdue and the University of Louisville. Ellspermann founded her own consulting business, which she ran for 20 years before joining the University of Southern Indiana in 2006 as the Director of the Center for Applied Research and Economic Development.
In 2010, Ellspermann decided to run for the Indiana House of Representatives to help tackle the multitude of challenges facing rural Indiana. She was elected to represent Dubois, Perry, Spencer and Warrick counties. Ellspermann served as Vice Chair of Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee and was a member of the Small Business, Commerce and Economic Development Committee and Election and Apportionment Committee.
If elected in November, Pence and Ellspermann would be the second consecutive male-female executive office team. Outgoing governor Mitch Daniels’ lieutenant governor is Becky Skillman.
"She will be a tremendous asset as we work to bring more jobs to Indiana," Pence said in the announcement.
Democrat gubernatorial candidate John Gregg’s campaign said their lieutenant governor could be announced soon.
Meanwhile, Gregg’s campaign called the new Pence/Ellspermann combination the “tea party ticket.”
“Instead of fighting for jobs and opportunity for Indiana, they have both spent their political careers fighting for an extreme social agenda which would have denied thousands of Hoosiers access to critical health care services. Indiana needs an administration with a jobs agenda, not a social agenda,” said Gregg Campaign Manager Rebecca Pearcey.