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Mike Pence announces running mate in race for Indiana governor

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Republican nominee for Indiana Governor Mike Pence announced Sue Ellspermann as his running mate at a rally in her hometown of Ferdinand Monday morning.

"Sue Ellspermann has the integrity, business background and experience in state government that will make her a great Lt. Governor," said Pence.  "She will be a tremendous asset as we work to bring more jobs to Indiana."

Pence and Ellspermann planned to spend the day touring the state.

Ellspermann holds a bachelor's degree and a Ph.D in industrial engineering from Purdue and the University of Louisville. Ellspermann founded her own consulting business, which she ran for 20 years before joining the University of Southern Indiana in 2006 as the Director of the Center for Applied Research and Economic Development.

Ellspermann ran for the Indiana House of Representatives in 2010. She was elected to represent Dubois, Perry, Spencer and Warrick counties. Ellspermann served as Vice Chair of the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee and was a member of the Small Business, Commerce and Economic Development Committee and Election and Apportionment Committee.

"Mike Pence's top priority is job creation," said Ellspermann.  "As an engineer, I understand the importance of technical skills development in our workforce to attract high wage, high tech jobs to Indiana."

Prior to the announcement, Pence wrote on his campaign website that he was looking for "an individual of high character who can inspire confidence in all Hoosiers and who is ready to step in as Governor of Indiana at any moment."

Ellspermann and her husband, Jim, live in Ferdinand. They have four adult daughters.

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