Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence announced his choice for lieutenant governor Monday.
Pence introduced Sue Ellspermann, a Republican from District 74, as his running mate at her hometown of Ferdinand, Ind.
Ellspermann was elected as a State Representative in November 2010 to represent Warrick, Spencer, Perry and Dubois counties in southern Indiana. She serves as the vice chair of the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee and as a member of the Small Business, Commerce and Economic Development Committee and Election and Apportionment Committee.
The representative is also the founding director of the Center for Applied Research at the University of Southern Indiana.
Ellspermann has had a career in engineering and management, graduating with a bachelor’s degree a PhD in industrial engineering from Purdue and the University of Louisville.
"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."
Former “Survivor” star and Libertarian Rupert Boneham is also in the race and chose Brad Klopfenstein, a former executive director of the Libertarian Party of Indiana, as his running mate. Democrat John Gregg has not name his lieutenant governor candidate at this time.
House Speaker Brian Bosma released the following statement regarding Pence's choice:
“It has been my pleasure to work closely with Sue Ellspermann for two years now, both as a candidate and as a legislator, and I can say without reservation that she is an excellent choice for Lieutenant Governor. As part of the Mike Pence team, Sue will offer her tireless and positive campaign efforts through the November election, and more importantly, she will bring her extensive private and public sector experience in economic development, education and agriculture issues to the table as our next Lieutenant Governor. I look forward to working with Mike Pence and Sue Ellspermann to make Indiana all she can be in the years ahead.
"I applaud my friend Mike Pence for his decision on this most critical matter. Sue Ellspermann is the right choice for Indiana.”