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Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann To Leave Office March 2

State of Indiana

The governor’s office confirmed Thursday that Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann will officially step down March 2.  The House and Senate will vote to confirm her replacement, Eric Holcomb, the next day.

Governor Mike Pence announced last week that Ellspermann would leave his administration in pursuit of the top job at Ivy Tech.  After discussions with legislative leaders, the administration targeted Wednesday, March 2 as her final day in office. 

On March 3, Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the General Assembly will vote to confirm Eric Holcomb as Ellspermann’s successor -- which Bosma says he hopes will be an easy process.

“I don’t know if it’s going to be a topic of long debate on the floor of our Democratic colleagues,” Bosma says. “I’m sure it will have all Republican votes without any rancor about it.”

House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath (D-Michigan City) says he looked at the last time the legislature voted to confirm a new lieutenant governor – 2003, after the death of Governor O’Bannon elevated Democrat Kathy Davis to the LG spot. 

Pelath notes her nomination was confirmed by a simple voice vote, without objection by the then-Republican minority in the House.

“When Lieutenant Governor Davis entered office, she was afforded courtesy and I like to receive courtesy and repay courtesy when possible,” Pelath says.

Pelath says he thinks the state’s chief executive should have the right to choose his second-in-command.  

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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