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Governor Eric Holcomb Eric was elected Indiana’s 51st governor in 2016 after a historic, whirlwind 106-day campaign. And he’s kept the pedal to the metal ever since.

From day one of his administration, Eric has been laser focused on the five pillars of his Next Level agenda: strengthening our economy, strengthening our infrastructure, strengthening our education and workforce training systems, improving public health and providing excellent government service at a great value to taxpayers.

Under Eric’s leadership, Indiana set a record for new job commitments in 2017, a record he broke in 2018. In 2019, Indiana welcomed the highest average hourly wage for new jobs in state history. In 2020, during a global pandemic, the record for job commitments was broken once again! Eric has tripled foreign direct investment into Indiana and has opened new overseas markets for Hoosier-made goods. Due in large part to expanding Indiana’s standing on the global stage, the International Center named Eric its 2018 International Citizen of the Year.

Understanding that being the Crossroads of America is mission, not just a motto, Eric set out to improve Indiana’s infrastructure for decades to come. His Next Level Roads plan is the only long-term, fully funded roads and bridges program in the country. Eric also leveraged the Indiana Toll Road to secure an additional $1 billion in outside revenue to launch Next Level Connections, a program focused on completing I-69, bringing affordable, high-speed internet to rural areas and building out the state’s trails network. CNBC named Indiana’s infrastructure best in the nation in 2019.

Governor Holcomb calls workforce development the “defining issue of the decade.” Preparing Hoosiers at all stages of their careers for the high-wage, high-demand jobs that are already available—and keep coming to Indiana—is why Eric created the Next Level Jobs program. To date, over 10,000 Hoosiers have received free job training to skill up for a new career. Eric also introduced The Last Mile to the Indiana Department of Correction to reduce recidivism and prepare offenders for productive lives upon release. He’s also invested $3.5 billion in NEW dollars in K-12 education, introduced computer science to all K-12 public schools, expanded pre-K opportunities and assisted local school districts in raising teacher salaries. The governor’s record of expanding job training for all Hoosiers and attracting high-tech jobs to Indiana contributed to TechPoint’s decision to award him the 2019 Mira Trailblazer Award.

Eric started attacking Indiana’s drug epidemic on day one of his administration, creating the office of Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement as the very first official act of his governorship. Indiana overdose deaths declined 13%, 1.6 million more Hoosiers now have access to addiction treatment, and hundreds of pounds of meth and fentanyl have been seized by Indiana law enforcement. Governor Holcomb’s effectiveness in addressing the state’s opioid and addiction crises were recognized in 2019 when he was honored with the Richard M. Fairbanks Circle of Hope Award.

Substance abuse isn’t the only area where Indiana, sadly, lagged. Governor Holcomb recognized that our infant mortality rates were too high and made it his goal to have Indiana tops in the Midwest for infant mortality by 2024. This leadership has led to declines in infant mortality throughout the state and in 2019, Indiana recorded the lowest infant mortality rate in the state’s history.

Of course, the world changed in March of 2020 with the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Eric led our state with a comprehensive, data-driven response to the pandemic that’s placed Hoosiers’ health and safety first. His sound fiscal management allowed Indiana to brunt some of the impact of the pandemic and now Indiana has come roaring back out of the pandemic.

Hoosiers support Governor Eric Holcomb’s leadership and overwhelmingly reelected him to a second term. Eric earned more votes than any other candidate for governor in state history and the margin by which Hoosiers reelected him is the widest margin for a gubernatorial candidate ever.

Eric’s career has been dedicated to making Indiana the best place in the nation to live, work, play, and stay. And as your governor, he’s working to build One Indiana for All. Whether it’s his service to Hoosiers alongside Governor Mitch Daniels, Senator Dan Coats, or Governor Mike Pence, Eric has earned a reputation as a consensus-builder.

Eric is a graduate of Pike High School in Indianapolis and Hanover College. He is a former state chairman of the Indiana Republican Party and a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Indianapolis WWII Round Table, the American Legion, Post 777; and is a board member of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.

He and his wife, First Lady Janet Holcomb, and their dog, First Dog Henry Holcomb, live in the Governor’s Residence in Indianapolis.

 

MEET GOVERNOR ERIC HOLCOMB

Proud to have been born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, Suzanne previously served as Indiana’s State Auditor from January 2014 through December 2016.

Before becoming auditor, she served as the state representative for House District 78, which encompasses parts of Vanderburgh and Warrick Counties. She was elected to the seat in 2005, and served as the Vice Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and on the Public Health Committee. Throughout her years of public service, Suzanne has been focused and committed to programs and services for people with disabilities. She was honored to receive the 2012 Public Policy Award from the Arc of Indiana for her work with people with disabilities and was named Legislator of the Year in 2011 by the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities.
 

Prior to serving in the House of Representatives, Suzanne spent eight years as auditor of Vanderburgh County. During that time, her office received its first clean bill of health in decades from the State Board of Accounts. She then went on to serve as a Vanderburgh County Commissioner until joining the House. She presided as president of that body during her third year in office.

As Lt. Governor, Suzanne oversees a portfolio that includes the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Office of Community and Rural Affairs and Indiana Destination Development Corporation. In addition, she also serves as President of the Indiana Senate, chair of the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, chair of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Task Force, chair of the Indiana 2020 Census Committee and oversees the Next Level Veterans initiative and the Next Level Connections initiative.

Suzanne graduated from Mater Dei High School in Evansville. She then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University, majoring in Political Science, and four years later met her husband Larry Downs. Together they have a grown daughter, Courtney.

MEET LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SUZANNE CROUCH