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Former Indiana Republican chairman Eric Holcomb has been sworn in as the state’s new lieutenant governor.

 

Holcomb took the oath of office during a Statehouse ceremony Thursday afternoon, a few hours after the Indiana House and Senate confirmed his nomination by Gov. Mike Pence.

The state Senate voted 50-0 shortly after the House voted 91-3 Thursday morning to approve Pence’s pick of Holcomb.

Holcomb replaces Sue Ellspermann in a rare midterm transition for the state’s No. 2 office.

Pence cited Holcomb’s experience as a top aide to former Gov. Daniels and U.S. Sen. Dan Coats as helping prepare him for the position.

Ellspermann resigned from office Wednesday and is applying to become Ivy Tech Community College‘s new president.download

Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today released the following statement regarding the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann:

“I want to thank Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann for her service to the state of Indiana. She represented Hoosiers with integrity and worked tirelessly to ensure that Indiana is a great place to work, raise a family and call home. Sue has a bright future ahead of her, and I know she will continue to effectively serve Hoosiers in the next steps of her career.”

Upon the Indiana General Assembly’s confirmation of Eric Holcomb as Lieutenant Governor, following the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, Indiana Auditor of State Suzanne Crouch released the following statement:

“It has truly been an honor to serve with Sue Ellspermann as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives and in her capacity as the State’s second-in-command. I’ve seen first-hand her thoughtful, capable leadership and passion for serving Hoosiers. I’m thankful for her outstanding service as Indiana’s 50th Lieutenant Governor and I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.

“I extend my congratulations to Eric Holcomb as he takes the oath as Indiana’s Lieutenant Governor. His background and experience will benefit him as he serves our State and continues the tradition of excellence Hoosiers have come to expect from the office. I wish him success and look forward to working with him in his new role.”