Pence Picks Ellspermann As Running Mate

State Rep. Ellspermann Lives In Southern Indiana

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence has chosen State Rep. Sue Ellspermann as his pick for lieutenant governor.

Pence kicked off a tour of Indiana with his new running mate, a Republican from District 74, on Monday.

The two planned to make stops in Elkhart, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and Merrillville.

"Sue Ellspermann has the integrity, business background and experience in state government that will make her a great lieutenant governor," Pence said in a news release. "She will be a tremendous asset as we work to bring more jobs to Indiana. She's spent more than 20 years helping southwest Indiana grow and now she will spend all of her time and energy helping all of Indiana grow."

Ellspermann currently represents Warrick, Spencer, Perry and Dubois counties.

Elected in 2010, Ellspermann serves as the vice chairwoman 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.

According to her Statehouse profile, Ellspermann is the founding director of the Center for Applied Research at the University of Southern Indiana, which mobilizes USI faculty, staff, and students to assist regional businesses and organizations with applied research, consulting projects and internships.

"For 20 years, Sue operated her own consulting firm as a Simplex creative problem solving master consultant complimented by a Ph.D. in industrial engineering focused on the enhancement of individual and team problem solving performance," her profile reads. "Her client organizations ranged from Fortune 500 to rural communities supporting innovation, problem solving, strategic planning, facilitation, team building and interpersonal skills development."

Ellspermann also has previous engineering and management experience with General Motors, Michelin and Frito-Lay, according to her profile.

"Mike Pence's top priority is job creation," Ellspermann said in the release. "As an engineer, I understand the importance of technical skills development in our workforce to attract high wage, high tech jobs to Indiana."

House Majority Leader Brian Bosma told RTV6's Norman Cox that he talked with Pence last week and recommended a woman from his caucus who was experienced in economic development.

Ellspermann is a graduate of Purdue University and received her Ph.D. from the University of Louisville, according to her profile.

Ellspermann and her husband, Jim Mehling, live in Ferdinand, and have a blended family that includes four adult daughters, a son-in-law, a grandson and a fiancé, according to her profile.

Pence will face Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham in the November election to replace term-limited GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Gregg's campaign referred to Pence/Ellspermann as the "tea party ticket," saying both candidates have a "divisive social agenda."

Gregg's campaign said she was a co-sponsor of a bill to cut funding to Planned Parenthood that the campaign claims could have cut off reproductive health care to 9,000 Indiana residents.

“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," said Rebecca Pearcey, Gregg's campaign manager, in a news release.

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