Sue Ellspermann

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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
Campaign $$681,300
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Indiana House of Representatives
District 74
High schoolForest Park High School (1978)
Bachelor'sPurdue University (1982)
Master'sUniversity of Louisville (1996)
Ph.D.University of Louisville (1996)
Place of birthFerdinand, Indiana
ProfessionOwner, Ellspermann and Associates, Inc
Office website
Campaign website
Sue Ellspermann (b. in Ferdinand, Indiana) 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][2]

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.[3]

In 2012, Ellspermann joined Transformation Team, Inc. as the Director of Strategic Engagement. She also owns and operates Ellspermann and Associates, a consulting firm. 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. Emerald Management Reviews recognized her research from her dissertation in their publication of the Top 50 Management Articles of 2007.[4][5] In 2006 Ellspermann became the founding director for the University of Southern Indiana's Center for Applied Research and Economic Development, a program that has made way for the completion of more than 200 projects in Indiana.[6]


  • PhD, Industrial Engineering, University of Louisville, 1996
  • MS, Industrial Engineering, University of Louisville, 1996
  • BS, Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, 1982

Political career

Indiana Lieutenant Governor (2013-Present)

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

As Indiana's Lieutenant governor, Ellspermann manages the following agencies:

  • Indiana State Department of Agriculture
  • Office of Energy Development
  • Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
  • Office of Defense Development
  • Office of Community and Rural Affairs
  • Office of Tourism Development

Along with managing those six state agencies, Ellspermann also serves as President of the Indiana Senate and chairs the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council.[7]

As Lieutenant Governor, Ellspermann started a "Listen and Learn Tour" which includes visits to all of the 92 counties in Indiana.[8] She said that one of the purposes of the tour was to become as familiar with all of the other counties in Indiana as she is with Dubois County, the area where she grew up.[9] Ellspermann intends to take the information she has learned about how state government is working or not working across different areas of the state and apply it to plans for 2014.[10]

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. [11]

Indiana House of Representatives (2010-2012)

Ellspermann represented District 74 in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012. This district included the counties of Dubois, Perry, Spencer, and Warrick.[4]

Ellspermann authored the Young Entrepreneur bill, HEA 1251, to connect communities and graduating entrepreneurs in an effort to keep young professionals and start up businesses in Indiana.[12]

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,[13][14]but had to withdraw from the race when she was named as the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor.[15]

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.[16] 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?”[17]

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.[18]


See also:Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Ellspermann defeated Democratic incumbent Russell Stilwell by a margin of 11,242 to 10,362. [19] The general election took place on November 2, 2010. Ellepermann and Russell agreed to and signed a pledge against negative campaigning during their run for office.[20]

In the May 4th primary, Ellspermann defeated Angela Sowers by a margin of 2,979 to 765. [21]

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

Comprehensive donor information for Ellspermann is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Ellspermann raised a total of $681,300 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 10, 2013.[22]

Sue Ellspermann's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana State House District 74 Not up for election $44,223
2012 Lieutenant Governor of Indiana Won $451,282
2010 Indiana State House District 74 Won $185,795
Grand Total Raised $681,300
*Ellspermann withdrew from the 2012 Indianan State House race.


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. [23]

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 Mehling, an assistant principal at Forest Park High School, have a blended family of four children, two sons-in-law, and a grandson. Jim and Sue are members of St. Ferdinand Parish, and serve on the Strategic Planning Committee. Ellspermann grew up in Ferdinand, Indiana with her five siblings and parents Tom and Betty Boeglin.[4] She worked evenings and weekends at her father's local jewelry store, often referring to experiences she gained there. She graduated from Forest Park High School in 1978 before starting her collegiate studies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.[24] Ellspermann feels she brings a unique perspective to the table as she became a single mother to her two daughters at age 40, and an academic at 45.[25]


Jan. 14, 2013 Swearing-In of Sue Ellspermann as the 50th Lt. Governor of Indiana

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann introduces Governor Mike Pence at the grand opening of the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Jeffersonville.

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann provides remarks at the Small Business Development Center's Economic Development and Growth through Entrepreneurship (EDGE) awards.


Ellspermann and her husband Jim Mehling are raising four daughters together.

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  1. Indy Star, "In Indiana, both Republican, Democratic gubernatorial candidates pick female running mates," May 22, 2012
  2. Indy star, 5Q's with Sue Ellspermann: New lieutenant governor plans to focus on economy, job creation, December 28, 2012
  3. Sue Ellspermann for Indiana House "About" Accessed April 24, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Vanderburgh County Republican Party, 2012 State Candidates, accessed July 24, 2013
  5. Mike Pence for Indiana, Meet Sue Ellspermann: Your Next Lt. Gov. accessed July 24, 2013
  6. IU News Info, Lt. Gov. Ellspermann among speakers at conference on the future of Indiana as a life sciences hub, August 19, 2013
  7. In.Gov, Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann Biography, accessed July 24, 2013
  8. Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, Listen & Learn Tour 2013, accessed August 23, 2013
  9. WNDU, Lt. Governor tours Hoosier State, May 7, 2013
  10. Madison Courier, Ellspermann's business tour stops in Jefferson County, June 5, 2013
  11. Indiana Public Media, "Lt. Gov. Casts Vote To Remove Superintendent License Rule," April 10, 2013
  12. Inside Indiana Business, Ellspermann Brings Business Background to GOP Ticket, May 21, 2012
  13. Indiana Secretary of State, List of May 8, 2012 primary candidates
  14. Indiana Secretary of State, Official Primary Results
  15. WIBC, "Picks for Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State Mean Ballot Shuffle," June 20, 2012
  16. Indiana Newscenter, "Pence Running Mate Explains 2008 Vote At Fort Wayne Campaign Stop," May 22, 2012
  17. WFPL, "Indiana Democrats Question Ellspermann’s 2008 Primary Vote," May 21, 2012
  18. Evansville Courier & Press, "Indiana lieutenant governor candidates debate at state fair" August 15, 2012
  19. Official Indiana General Election Results
  20. Evansville Business, Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, accessed July 24, 2013
  21. Official Indiana Primary Election Results
  22. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Sue Ellspermann," accessed July 10, 2013
  23. 2010 contributions
  24. The Journal Gazette, Pence’s pick for No. 2 is pitch perfect, May 24, 2012
  25. Vote In, Biographical Profile for Sue Ellspermann, accessed July 24, 2013
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)