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Eric Holcomb

51st Governor of Indiana
Assumed officeJanuary 9, 2017
LieutenantSuzanne Crouch
Preceded byMike Pence
51st Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
GovernorMike Pence
In officeMarch 3, 2016 - January 9, 2017
Preceded bySue Ellspermann
Succeeded bySuzanne Crouch
Chair of the Indiana Republican Party
In officeJanuary 3, 2011 - July 22, 2013
Preceded byJ. Murray Clark
Succeeded byTim Berry
FacebookGovHolcomb
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Years of service1990-1996
Personal details
BornEric Joseph Holcomb ( 1968-05-02 ) May 2, 1968 (age 52) Indianapolis , Indiana , U.S.
EducationHanover College ( BA )
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceGovernor's Residence
Spouse(s)Janet Holcomb
WebsiteGovernment website
Twitter@govholcomb

Indianapolis Indiana Republican Officials say Gov. Eric Holcomb has 4 million in campaign funds nearly two years ahead of his expected re - Election bid. The State GOP says Holcomb will end 2018 with more campaign cash in the bank than any previous second - year Governor. Holcomb's political operation has even more money available when adding in about 800 000 in Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch's campaign account and State GOP's some 900 000. Indianapolis Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says he has opinions on major issues that are up for debate in the Statehouse and at the Federal Level, but doesn't feel obligated to weigh in unless they directly relate to his legislative priorities. I 'll get a lot more do carrying on with that approach, Holcomb said Friday during an interview with Associated Press. You get more do if you don't chase every issue of the day. Indianapolis Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has joined 14 other Republican Governors in backing last - ditch GOP effort to repeal former President Barack Obama's signature Health Care law. Governors sent a letter Tuesday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, writing that they appreciate the bill by GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham. We call on members of the United States Senate to move quickly to repeal Obamacare and replace it, they write. Indianapolis Latest on Indiana Officials reaction to Republican's effort to repeal Affordable Care Act: Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly says he opposes the last - ditch Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Democrats said in a statement Wednesday that the bill by GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham would harm the Hoosiers. His statement follows Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb's signing of letter with 14 other GOP Governors backing the proposal. In Indianapolis, a former Indiana lawmaker and State agency head is announcing a campaign for Congress, billing himself as a conservative business leader. Steve Braun, who led Indiana's Department of Workforce Development until last month, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Aug. 31, establishing his campaign committee. The Zionsville Republican is seeking a seat being vacated by current GOP Rep. Todd Rokita, who is running for Senate. Indianapolis, Indiana legislators sent Gov. Eric Holcomb measure Tuesday that would eventually give the Governor authority to appoint State schools superintendent, post that has been elected by voters for more than 150 years. House Speaker Brian Bosma, INDIANAPOLIS Republican who sponsored the bill, said keeping the head of the Department of Education off the ballot will absolve position from partisan politics. Holcomb backs the measure and is expected to sign it. Indianapolis Republican Eric Holcomb's inauguration as Indiana Governor will complete the whirlwind ascension in the past year from virtually unknown candidate to the state's top office. Holcomb had spent a decade as top aide to former Gov. Mitch Daniels and State Republican chairman when Gov. Mike Pence appointed him as lieutenant Governor in March. Holcomb then became the GOP nominee for Governor in July after Pence became Donald Trump's running mate.

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Early political career

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IssueHolcombs Record
LGBT RightsHolcomb on Mike Pences record on LGBT rights - I think the governor struck the right tone in his State of the State address, Holcomb said.
Womens RightsAs Lieutenant Governor, Eric Holcomb watched as Gov. Mike Pence signed one of the most restrictive womens health laws in the nation.
Richard MourdockAfter 2012 Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock said God Intended Rape, Holcomb stood by his man, and said full steam ahead. .
Negative CampaigningHolcomb Ad Used Inflammatory Accusation That Opponent John Frenz Supported Taxpayer Money To Study Pornography, Bestiality And Pedophilia Citing Budget Vote.
Questionable EthicsDemocratic Candidate For Sheriff Steve Bell Accused Daniels Administration Official David Thomas Of Offering Him A Seat On The Indiana Parole Board, At Holcombs Request, If Bell Dropped His Political Plans. Thomas Admitted He Discussed The Parole Board Job With Bell And Told Him To Contact Holcomb If Interested.

Eric Holcomb has operated behind the scenes in Indiana politics for nearly 20 years. Now, rather suddenly, he is guy up on stage. The 48 - year - old Republican candidate for Governor has spent the better part of the past two decades working to get others elect, then helping them turn campaign promises into reality. But he had never won an election of his own and had never held office until March, when Gov. Mike Pence plucked him out of long - shot US Senate campaign and appointed him Lieutenant Governor. Just a few months later, Pence joined the presidential ticket as Donald Trump's running mate and handpicked Holcomb to succeed him on the gubernatorial ballot. A stunning turn of events launched Holcomb into a highly competitive race only about 100 days before the Nov. 8 election. His rapid rise has presented Holcomb with a unique challenge: Rather than deftly executing the vision of others, he must now cast his own and in a fraction of the time available to most candidates. It is a transition that Holcomb says he is well - equipped to make. 've always pay close attention and been close to the decision maker, he said last week as he rushed from one event to the next. Its been a smooth transition, almost seamless just because 've 've been involved in solving issues the State face. On top of the abbreviated campaign calendar, Holcomb is juggling many of Pence's duties while the Governor crisscrosses the country on behalf of Trump. It has forced the US into trying to get weeks worth of work do every day, he say. Economic Policy differences between Eric Holcomb, John Gregg come down to nuance that has left him with little time to gather input from constituents and formulate robust policy proposals. So far, his agenda consists primarily of ideas advanced by his predecessor, such as expanding the States ' preschool pilot program for low - income children and investing a portion of States ' pension funds in Indiana startups. Holcombs opponent, Democrat John Gregg, meanwhile, has the advantage of essentially running for Governor since 2012, when he narrowly lost to Pence. The Greggs campaign has produced a 68 - page booklet with detailed policy proposals. Eric has had a very narrow window in which to develop and articulate his vision, says Mike Murphy, Republican consultant and former Marion County GOP Chairman. This would be an opportunity to show to the public that his vision is not just a continuation of Mitch Daniels and Mike Pence, but a new vision for the next decade. But it is not easy given the circumstances hes been hand. Holcombs ' first experience of politics came at Pike High School when he was voted senior class President on a ticket with his friend, Lance Hood. He was a black guy, I was a white guy, Holcomb recall. We run as Mix of 86. His father was an engineer at Allison Transmission, and his mother was an elementary school teacher.

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Lieutenant governor of Indiana

A Life - long Hoosier, Eric is a veteran of the United States Navy, serving as States 51 Lt. Governor, was trust advisor to both Governor Mitch Daniels and Senator Dan Coats, and was former State chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. He was elected Governor in November 2016, following an unprecedented 106 - day campaign and was sworn in on January 9 2017. Prior to being elected Governor, Holcomb was nominated to serve as Lt. Governor by then - Governor Mike Pence on March 2 2016, and was confirmed by the General Assembly and sworn into office on March 3 2016. Governor Holcomb was a key member of Governor Mitch Daniels ' administration, holding various positions including deputy chief of staff in official office and campaign manager for Daniels ' landslide 2008 re - election. He also oversees Governors State political action Committee, Aiming Higher, and has both official and campaign experience at district and local levels. Eric managed successful campaigns for US Congressman John Hostettler, served as Congressmans official district director, and conducted mayoral race in Vincennes, where he lived at the time. Throughout his career in service, Eric has earned a reputation for being a consensus builder. He has travelled extensively throughout the state; visiting, shooting and making baskets in each of Indiana's 92 counties. He is the author of the book, Leading Revolution, which outlines the successes of Mitch Daniels ' approach to campaigning and governing. Governor Holcomb is a graduate of Pike High School in Indianapolis and Hanover College in southeastern Indiana where he Major in US History with a focus on the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era. A Student of History, he is collector of Presidential signatures and currently has documents signed by 41 of our nation's 44 presidents. He is a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau, National Federation of Independent Business, Indianapolis WWII Round Table, American Legion Post 777; and is a board member of Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. He and his wife, Janet, live with their dog, Henry, at Governors Residence on North Meridian Street in Indianapolis.

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On increasing teacher pay:

Indiana's governor opened the door Monday to potentially boosting school funding and teacher pay after weeks of refuting any plans for such action until next year. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb didn't give any details of what he would propose during his annual State of State speech next week, while top legislative Democrat promised his party would push for more school funding in the wake of the November rally that drew several thousand teachers to the Statehouse. Holcomb and GOP legislative leaders have since repeatedly defended 2. 5% per - year increase included in the two - year State budget approved last spring and maintain that further steps regarding the State's lagging teacher pay would need to wait until the next State budget is written in 2021. Teacher pay, ILEARN and mental health: Education issues to watch at Indiana Statehouse Holcomb has said he would wait for recommendations later this year from the teacher pay commission he appointed in February, but told reporters Monday that might change with State tax revenues growing faster than expect. Stay tuned, you 'll hear more from me at the State of State address, Holcomb say. The top House Republican, Speaker Brian Bosma, downplayed the possible impact of Holcomb's proposal following the governor's remarks on the day the GOP - dominated Legislature begins its 2020 session that will conclude in early March. Holcomb's State of State is set for Jan. 14. Teacher union leaders and Democratic legislators maintain the state has money to give more to schools, pointing to about 300 million in unexpected tax revenue that the state collected last budget year and nearly 250 million, or 4%, that's come in beyond projections since July 1. House Democratic leader Phil GiaQuinta of Fort Wayne said Monday that Republican - backed policies are responsible for creating a crisis in public education. That includes average Indiana teacher salaries dropping 15 percent since 2000 when adjusted for inflation and about a third of new Indiana teachers leaving their jobs within five years, according to state officials and Education advocacy groups. Republicans tout the amount in their budget for education but avoid uncomfortable and tragic truth, GiaQuinta say. The budget shortchanges traditional public schools, while diverting millions of dollars to failed for profit and out of State charter and virtual charter schools along with private voucher programs. Holcomb wants legislators to direct nearly 300 million of the state's additional revenue toward paying cash rather than borrowing money for several planned construction projects, such as the new veterinary hospital at Purdue University and building plans at Ball State University, University of Southern Indiana and Ivy Tech State College in Columbus. House Republicans are supporting the governor's request, although they are substituting 62 million for Indiana University building projects rather than Holcomb's plan of directing 50 million toward replacing the nearly century - old structure at Indiana State Fairgrounds project pan by Democrats as showing greater priority for swine barn than teacher pay or other neglected needs.

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Biography

Holcomb graduated from Pike High School in Indianapolis and attended Hanover College, where he earned a degree in US history. He has worked as campaign manager and district director for US Congressman John Hostettler. Holcomb served in various positions in the administration of Governor Mitch Daniels from 2003 until 2011, working as the Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff for a portion of that time. He then served as State Chief of Staff to US Senator Dan Coats until he resigned in 2015 to run for Senate himself. Holcomb withdrew from the Senate race and in March 2016 was appointed as the State's lieutenant Governor by Governor Mike Pence, following Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann's resignation. Holcomb was elected Governor of Indiana on November 8 2016, and was sworn into office on January 9 2017.

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Elections

Eric Holcomb makes a profound statement as the coronavirus continues to descend on Indiana: as citizens, we all have the right to elect our leaders in a free and open and, of course, safe environment. Moments later, he announced with political leaders an agreement between parties to allow no - excuse absentee voting to reduce the spread of coronavirus. More than 500 000 Hoosiers of all political stripes utilize this opportunity to cast their vote by mail in the June primary Election. Now, new daily cases are four to five times higher than when Holcomb made his pronouncement. But today, Holcombs tune has change. Hes refusing to expand vote by mail to every Hoosier, even as the virus spreads and nearly 3 000 Hoosiers have lost their lives. That notion may have applied if the health crisis had abate. It hasnt. In fact, it worse. Businesses are limiting customers, are on modified hours and are requiring employees to undergo health screenings. Government bodies are meeting by video conference and both national political party conventions will be held virtually. The Indiana Election Commission, body charged with overseeing States elections, meets via video link. Many Hoosiers continue to shelter at home or limit their personal contacts out of genuine concern about contracting viruses and the impact they can have on their health or the health of others in their families. In - person Election means an increase in transmission of COVID - 19. I genuinely worry about many election workers who will be required to work 12 hours on Election Day in enclosed space while interacting with hundreds of people throughout the course of the day. Some have suggested that the Governor could act later if this pandemic worsens. However, this notion forgets the administrative process and time required to order absentee ballots, process them via US mail and ensure voters return them by Election Day. You do start training for a marathon the day before the race. The window to act is now, not October. There is no reason why anyone should have to risk their life to exercise their constitutional right to vote. For generations, Hoosier common sense has been defining aspect of our state's character. That same common sense tells the US that providing no excuse for absentee voting only enhances our system in this pandemic and may well save lives. Gov. Holcomb, it is time to meet the promise you proclaimed in March. Let every Hoosier have their right to elect our leaders in a free, open and safe environment.

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Campaign themes

Building roads north and South through the vast middle of the country, cutting all the way from Mexico to Canada, has been a national dream dating back to the 1950s. It always falls short. Driving South from Canada, you can only get through Michigan before you run out of road. Indiana, self - describe crossroads of America, has issued endless studies about how to complete the proposed Interstate 69, but it never managed to accomplish feat. Finally, about a decade ago, construction began in sections of the southern part of the state heading north. Process has continued to have serious hiccups. Five years ago, state entered into a contract with a company to build a section of I - 69 South of Bloomington. Companies lack both expertise and financing to get jobs. Subcontractors werent get paid and construction ground entirely to halt. Then, shortly after taking office in 2017, Gov. Eric Holcomb tears up that problematic contract, bringing job back in - House at department of transportation. Less than two years later, work was done. Now Holcomb is proceeding with the next section of highway, running from Martinsville to INDIANAPOLIS. This particular section is considered the most complicated, due to the number of bridges, overpasses and underpasses involve, but the state is on track to get it done by 2024, which would be three full years ahead of schedule. It is just one project among dozens that the Indiana Governor has underway. Last fall, he announced a billion - dollar infrastructure plan that will create new interchanges on other highways, provide big investment in rural broadband and offer substantial dollars for biking and hiking trails. Much of the package will be funded by an increase in tolls for truckers, most of whom conveniently are just passing through the state and are otherwise Indiana taxpayers. But in his first months in office, Holcomb convinced the legislature to increase the state broader gas tax by a dime - something that had eluded his predecessor Mike Pence, now nation vice president. Holcomb recently launched a website that tells residents of all 92 counties - and outside business locators - which projects are scheduled for completion locally over the next five years. Holcomb has great good fortune of serving as Indiana Governor at a time of plenty. A state that was mired in perennial debt when the century began is now running sizable surpluses. Some of that has to do with financial fixes put in place by his predecessors, but the current economy has been a big help. During the recession decade ago, unemployment in Elkhart County, recreational vehicle manufacturing hub, topped 20 percent. Now, it is below 4 percent there. Indiana as a whole seems to set new record for low unemployment every month. Holcomb is trying to turn the fruits of the current economic moment into investments for the future. His main focus is on job creation and training.

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Delegate allocation

Eric Holcomb brandished his front - runner status Saturday as he kicked off his re - election campaign with a rally extolling the state of the economy while brushing off any criticism of his record. Holcomb made his announcement before a few hundred people at Knightstowns Hoosier Gym, which serves as home court for the fictional underdog Hickory Huskers basketball team in the 1986 movie Hoosiers. But he heads into the 2020 election with 6 million already in his campaign bank account thanks to his leverage of leading GOP - dominated state without any high - profile Democrats vying to unseat him. Holcomb touts what he says are record hiring commitments from businesses since he took office in 2017 and numerous infrastructure investments, including work to complete the Interstate 69 extension through southwestern Indiana and plans for upgrading the South Shore commuter rail line between South Bend and Chicago. Democrats fault Holcomb for what they call empty promises on issues such as raising teacher pay, expanding state - funded preschool program and lowering health care costs. Holcomb, however, argues that policies under Indiana Republican governors past 15 years have given the state a top - level AAA credit rating and enabled it to beat other states for jobs and business investment. We are going to keep on winning, because in this state, we provide certainty, and we provide stability and predictability and aspirational continuity about our conduct of affairs, Holcomb say. We are exactly, exactly what entrepreneurs and career creators are craving. Now the most powerful elected official in the state, Holcomb was only a little - known former state Republican Party Chairman four years ago. He was struggling to raise money for his US Senate campaign when then - Gov. Mike Pence appointed him to be lieutenant governor in early 2016. He became the party gubernatorial candidate after Donald Trump picked Pence as his running mate. Paul Helmke, Indiana University public affairs professor and former Republican Mayor of Fort Wayne, said Holcomb has used the power of incumbency well and avoided major controversies such as what Pence faced over Indiana's 2015 religious objections law that was widely pan as sanctioning discrimination against members of LGBTQ community under guise of religious belief. Intense social media and business backlash led lawmakers to make changes that prevent state law from overriding local LGBT - rights ordinances. People hear his name and do hear any clear negatives or criticisms of him, Helmke say of Holcomb. He comes across as a nice guy, friendly, trying to do a good job. It really is an amazing story because I doubt four years ago he wouldve registered on anybodys list of being somebody to pay attention to. Democrats do have any well - known potential challengers to Holcomb, with business executive and former state health commissioner Woody Myers as their only declared candidate so far. Eddie Melton, state senator from Gary, created the gubernatorial exploratory committee last month. State Rep. Karlee Macer of INDIANAPOLIS is also considering entering the race.

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