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Sue Ellspermann
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Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
In office
January 14, 2013 – present
Term ends
Years in position 2
PredecessorBecky Skillman (R)
Base salary$84,031
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Indiana House of Representatives
District 74
Bachelor'sPurdue University
Master'sUniversity of Louisville
Ph.D.University of Louisville
Place of birthFerdinand, Indiana
ProfessionOwner, Ellspermann and Associates, Inc
Office website
Campaign website
Sue Ellspermann is the Republican Lieutenant Governor of Indiana. Elected on November 6, 2012 on a ticket with Mike Pence, she has served in this position since January 14, 2013.[1]

Ellspermann is a former Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 74 from 2010 to 2012.

Ellspermann was raised in Ferdinand, Indiana.[2]

Ellspermann owns and operates Ellspermann and Associates, a consulting firm. She was also the founding director of the University of Southern Indiana's Center for Applied Research. She previously worked for Kimball International, Pepsi, McCormick and ED Smith. Ellspermann holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in the same discipline from the University of Louisville.

Political career

Indiana Lieutenant Governor (2013-Present)

Ellspermann has served as Indiana Lieutenant governor since January 14, 2013.

Tie-breaking vote

On April 10, 2013, Ellspermann broke a tie in the Senate, casting her vote in support of a bill to allow local school boards to hire superintendents without a superintendent’s or teacher’s license. It was the first time in 8 years a lieutenant governor had to break a tie in the chamber. [3]

Indiana House of Representatives (2010-2012)

Ellspermann represented District 74 in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ellspermann served on these committees:



See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Ellspermann ran in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 74. Ellspermann ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012,[4][5]but had to withdraw from the race when she was named as the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor.[6]

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of Indiana General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Gregg / Vi Simpson 46.6% 1,200,016
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Pence / Sue Ellspermann 49.5% 1,275,424
     Libertarian Rupert Boneham / Brad Klopfenstein 4% 101,868
     Independent Donnie Harold Harris / George Fish 0% 21
Total Votes 2,577,329
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.


During her 2010 campaign for Indiana House of Representatives, Ellspermann's candidacy was challenged because she voted in the 2008 Democratic primary between Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton. While she remained on the ballot and won the election, the issue came up again in the 2012 race for lieutenant governor.[7] Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker welcomed Ellspermann to the campaign, stating, “She does have one question to answer, though. When Sue Ellspermann voted in the 2008 Democratic primary, did she vote for Secretary Clinton or President Obama?”[8]

Issue positions

In a debate on August 15, 2012, Ellspermann said Indiana should seek to establish more public-private road building partnerships. She also said the state should re-evaluate how it calculates farmer's property taxes. "Agriculture really is the heritage of Indiana. We do need to make sure we have a workforce for the future in agriculture and food sciences to make sure we can support this very important industry of agriculture to Indiana," Ellspermann stated.[9]


See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ellspermann defeated Democratic incumbent Russell Stilwell by a margin of 11,242 to 10,362. [10] The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

In the May 4th primary, Ellspermann defeated Angela Sowers by a margin of 2,979 to 765. [11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 74 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSue Ellspermann 52% 11,242
     Democratic Russell Stilwell Incumbent 48% 10,362
Total Votes 21,604

Campaign donors


Ellspermann won re-election to the position of Lieutenant Governor of Indiana in 2012. During that election cycle, Ellspermann raised a total of $451,282.


In 2010, Ellspermann raised $185,795 in contributions. [12]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Aiming Higher PAC $21,919
Pike, Christie $20,000
House Republican Campaign Cmte Of Indiana $19,450
Boeglin, Timothy $10,000


Ellspermann and her husband, Jim, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Becky Skillman (R)
Indiana Lieutenant Governor
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Russell Stilwell
Indiana House of Representatives District 74
Succeeded by
Lloyd Arnold (R)