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Pence Picks Fmr. Indiana GOP Chair Holcomb For Running Mate

Former Indiana State Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb

Former Indiana State GOP Chairman Eric Holcomb is Gov. Mike Pence's pick to be the state's new lieutenant governor. Wikimedia Commons

Governor Mike Pence says former Indiana Republican Party chairman Eric Holcomb will be the state's new lieutenant governor, and his running mate in this year's election.

Pence announced Tuesday that he's nominating Holcomb to replace current Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, who says she's stepping down to pursue the open president position at Ivy Tech Community College. 

Pence's nomination of Holcomb must be approved by the Republican-dominated Indiana Legislature before he can take office.

Pence’s announcement of Holcomb mate comes one day after Holcomb dropped out of Indiana’s U.S. Senate race.

Holcomb had started his Senate campaign last March with extensive Republican connections around the state from his time as a top aide to both Sen. Dan Coats and former Gov. Mitch Daniels, but his fundraising had trailed far behind his Republican primary rivals, U.S. Reps. Todd Young and Marlin Stutzman.

In addition to having chaired the Indiana Republican Party, Holcomb served as State Chief of Staff to Senator Dan Coats, and Deputy Chief Of Staff for Governor Mitch Daniels. He wrote a book about the Daniels administration, “Leading the Revolution: Lessons From the Mitch Daniels Era” in 2012.

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long says Gov. Pence's selection of Holcomb to be Indiana's new lieutenant governor is an excellent choice.

Long says Holcomb is "a highly competent and effective leader."

Long says Ellspermann has been a capable and effective public servant during her time as lieutenant governor, whose duties include frequently serving as the Indiana Senate's presiding officer.