INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann is stepping down from
the state's No. 2 office and Gov. Mike Pence wants to replace her with a
former state Republican Party chairman.
Tuesday he's nominating Eric Holcomb as her replacement.
she has applied for the open position of president of Ivy Tech Community
College and that she'll soon be stepping down after an orderly transition.
nomination must be confirmed by the Republican-dominated Legislature for
him to take office.
Holcomb would be his running mate for what is expected to be a tough
election rematch in November with 2012 Democratic candidate John Gregg.
announcement comes a day after Holcomb ended his 11-month campaign for the
U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring GOP Sen. Dan Coats.
Holcomb was a top
governor's office aide and 2008 campaign manager for former Gov. Mitch
Daniels before being tapped to lead the state GOP in 2011. Holcomb held
that position until 2013, after which he became Coats' state chief of
Holcomb's knowledge of state government has prepared him for the
lieutenant governor's office.
"I'm very honored
and privileged that he's stepping forward to serve at such a time as this
in the life of our state," Pence said.
raised the possibility of splitting with Ellspermann in December, saying
that his 2012 running mate would be an "ideal" candidate to become the new
Ivy Tech president.
The last time a
new lieutenant governor was selected in the middle of a term was in 2003
when Democratic Gov. Joe Kernan nominated Kathy Davis for the position a
few weeks after the death of Gov. Frank O'Bannon. In the three
gubernatorial elections since then, the Republican and Democratic tickets
have included male and female candidates each time.