Statement as issued Monday:
FERDINAND, IN - Republican nominee for Governor Mike Pence introduced Sue Ellspermann as his running mate at a rally in her hometown of Ferdinand today.
“Sue Ellspermann has the integrity, business background and experience in state government that will make her a great Lt. Governor,” said Pence. “She will be a tremendous asset as we work to bring more jobs to Indiana.”
Ellspermann 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.
“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.”
Ellspermann and her husband, Jim, live in Ferdinand. They have four adult daughters.