Becky Skillman

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Becky Skillman
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Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
Former officeholder
In office
January 10, 2005 - January 14, 2013
Base salary$84,031
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Indiana State Senate
Date of birthSeptember 26, 1950
Place of birthBedford, Indiana
ReligionChurch of Christ
Office website
Personal website
Rebecca "Becky" Skillman was the 49th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana. She was the first female elected to hold this office and is a member of the Republican Party. She was sworn in on January 10, 2005 and served until January 14, 2013. In her role as Lieutenant Governor, she also served as President of the Indiana State Senate.[1]


Skillman is a native of Bedford in Lawrence County, Indiana. A high school graduate with no formal college education, she began her career in politics in 1977 when she was elected to the office of Lawrence County Recorder. Eight years later she was elected as County Clerk. Skillman served as President of the Association of Indiana Counties in 1988.

Skillman and her husband Steve have a son, Aaron. She is a member of the Church of Christ.

Political career

Lieutenant Governor (2005-2013)

Serving as Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, Becky Skillman was responsible for shepherding Governor Mitch Daniels's Administration's legislative agenda through the Indiana General Assembly and served as President of the Senate. She was first elected to the position in 2004, and re-elected in 2008.

In addition to her responsibilities as Lieutenant Governor, Skillman also oversaw the Office of Tourism Development, Energy Group and Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. She chaired the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council, the intergovernmental entity responsible for homeland security. She also served as the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development under the state's, new and first ever, Department of Agriculture and Office of Rural Affairs.

Indiana State Senator (1992-2004)

In 1992, Skillman was elected to the Indiana State Senate, where she represented Lawrence, Monroe, Jackson, Washington, and Orange counties. Rising quickly through the leadership, she became Majority Caucus Chair, the first woman in history to serve in the Senate Republican leadership.

During her 12 years in the Senate, she led the charge to include the state's small towns and rural communities in its economic development agenda. There, she authored plans for development in distressed counties and revitalization of downtown areas.



See also: Indiana lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Skillman initially considered a run for governor in 2012, but decided against the move, citing "minor health issues."[2]


On November 4, 2008, Skillman was re-elected as Lieutenant Governor on a ticket with Mitch Daniels.[3]

Governor/Lt. Governor of Indiana, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMitch Daniels/Becky Skillman Incumbent 57.8% 1,563,885
     Democratic Jill Thompson/Dennie Oxley 40% 1,082,463
     Libertarian Andy Horning/Lisa Kelly 2.1% 57,376
     Independent Christopher Stried 0% 19
     Independent Timothy Lee Fry 0% 9
Total Votes 2,703,752


On November 2, 2004, Skillman was first elected as Lieutenant Governor on a ticket with Mitch Daniels.[4]

Governor/Lt. Governor of Indiana, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMitch Daniels/Becky Skillman 53.2% 1,302,912
     Democratic Joseph Kernan/Kathy Davis Incumbent 45.5% 1,113,900
     Libertarian Kenn Gividen/Elaine Badnarik 1.3% 31,664
     Independent Velko Kapetanov 0% 22
Total Votes 2,448,498

Campaign donors

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
January 10, 2005 - January 14, 2013
Succeeded by
Sue Ellspermann (R)