INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Mike Pence officially tapped southern Indiana Rep. Sue Ellspermann as his running mate today in an announcement from her town of Ferdinand.
The first-term representative in the Indiana House has focused on economic development issues.
“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.”
According to her bio, Ellspermann is the founding director of the Center for Applied Research at the University of Southern Indiana. The center mobilizes faculty, staff, and students to assist regional businesses and organizations with applied research, consulting projects and internships.
She also has an industrial engineering doctorate, and operated her own consulting firm for 20 years.
Many supporters believed that Pence needed a female lieutenant governor candidate to bring balance to the ticket.
Democrat governor hopeful John Gregg also has attacked Pence – a six-term U.S. Congressman – for being anti-woman because of his stance against funding for Planned Parenthood.
Ellspermann’s 2010 House campaign surprised many by defeating veteran Rep. Russ Stilwell, of Boonville.
During the 2012 legislative session, she pushed the right-to-work measure that Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law. She also authored a bill to expand entrepreneurial programs.
Pence and Ellspermann will make two more stops today – in Evansville and Indianapolis. Information on tomorrow’s state tour visits has not yet been released, though Fort Wayne is on the list.