Governor Mike Pence is a lifelong Hoosier with legal, small business and policy experience. He was elected the 50th Governor of the State of Indiana in 2012 and inaugurated January 14, 2013.
Governor Pence is dedicated to continuing Indiana on a pathway to success through fiscal responsibility, economic development and educational opportunity for every Hoosier child.
Since taking office in 2013, Pence has achieved the largest state tax cut in Indiana history while also lowering the business personal property tax and corporate income tax to strengthen the state’s competitive edge in attracting new investment and good-paying jobs for Hoosiers. He has expanded school choice, increased educational opportunity for Hoosier families by signing into law the first State funding for pre-K education in Indiana, and addressed Indiana’s skills gap by making career and technical education a priority in every Indiana high school. And, because roads mean jobs here in the Crossroads of America, under his leadership the state has invested more than $800 million in new money for roads and bridges in Indiana.
The Governor has worked with the Indiana General Assembly to craft an honestly balanced budget that maintains strong reserves for the State and continues to generate a surplus. This fiscal discipline has helped Indiana maintain its AAA credit rating and earn a global reputation as a great place to do business.
Governor Pence manages a State employee workforce of approximately 28,000 and a State budget of $30.6 billion. He oversees the duties of the executive branch as the state’s chief executive officer, recommends and reviews legislation with members of the Indiana General Assembly, and also serves as the commander-in-chief of the Indiana National Guard.
Prior to being elected governor, Pence represented Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District in Congress.
First elected in 2000 and earning a sixth term in 2010, Pence brought his Hoosier sensibility to the table and quickly established a record of serving his constituents and championing fiscal responsibility, smaller government and economic growth—skills and values he has brought with him to state government.
Pence’s leadership and legislative accomplishments resulted in him being elected unanimously by his colleagues to serve as House Republican Conference Chairman and Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee.
A strong supporter of the military, Pence has made a priority of reducing veteran unemployment and, while in Congress, he visited Hoosier soldiers in Iraq and/or Afghanistan every year since hostilities began.
Pence was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, graduated from Columbus North High School, went on to graduate from Hanover College in 1981 and earned his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1986.
Governor Pence and First Lady Karen Pence have been married since 1985 and currently live in the Governor’s Residence. They have three adult children, Michael, Charlotte and Audrey.
Sue Ellspermann serves as the 50th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana.
Strengthen Indiana’s rural economies and communities through capacity building, advocacy and innovation in agriculture, small business, tourism, defense development, housing, and community economic development.
As Lt. Governor, Sue manages six state agencies including the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Office of Defense Development, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Office of Tourism Development and the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. She also serves as President of the Indiana Senate and chairs the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council.
Sue was raised in Ferdinand, Indiana, one of six children. A graduate of Forest Park High School, she worked her way through Purdue as an engineering cooperative education student with General Motors. She graduated Purdue as an industrial engineer and established a career in engineering and management at Michelin and Frito-Lay.
After earning her master’s degree and doctorate in industrial engineering at the University of Louisville, she established Ellspermann and Associates and began a 20-yr consulting practice. She later became the founding director of the University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Applied Research and Economic Development.
In 2010, Sue was elected to represent Dubois, Perry, Spencer and Warrick counties in the Indiana House of Representatives in 2010. In November of 2012, she was elected to serve with Governor Mike Pence.
During her first year in office, Lt. Governor Ellspermann completed a 92-county “Listen and Learn” tour where she met with business, agriculture and government leaders. In addition to her oversight of her six state agencies, Governor Pence has appointed her co-chair of his Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Infrastructure. She also serves as Vice-chair of the Indiana Career Council that is overseeing the State’s workforce development and training initiatives.
Sue is married to Jim Mehling, Principal of Forest Park High School. They have a blended family of four daughters, three sons-in-law and two grandsons.
Greg Zoeller (pronounced ZELL-ur) was elected Indiana's 42nd Attorney General November 2008 and sworn into office January 12, 2009. Zoeller was reelected to a second term in November 2012 and sworn into office January 14, 2013.
A commitment to service marks the career of Attorney General Zoeller. With a focus on consumer protection and public health and safety, Zoeller created and serves as co-chair of Indiana's Prescription Drug Task Force, is a member of the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana, supports the expansion of School Resource Officers, and serves as the National Association of Attorneys General Tobacco Committee Co-Chair. Other accomplishments as Attorney General include enhanced privacy protections for Hoosiers through expansion of the Do Not Call law to include cell phones, and providing for parents to obtain credit freezes on behalf of their minor children to protect them from identity theft.
Prior to state government, Zoeller spent ten years as an executive assistant to Dan Quayle - first in Senator Quayle's U.S. Senate office, and then in the Office of the Vice President of the United States. He also served in other government capacities and was in private practice for 10 years before joining the Attorney General's Office in 2001, serving as Chief Deputy until 2008.
Having studied as an undergraduate at Purdue University and Indiana University, Greg holds "dual citizenship" as both a Boilermaker and an IU Hoosier. He earned his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington in 1982. Greg and his wife Kerrie have three children and live in Indianapolis.
Suzanne Crouch brings an exemplary career in public service to the Office of State Auditor.
Before becoming Auditor, Crouch represented 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 and on the Public Health Committees. While in the House, Crouch had several legislative accomplishments, including co-author of Major Moves, which funded road projects across the state, including the future completion of I-69 from Evansville to Indianapolis.
Before serving in the House of Representatives, Crouch spent eight years as Auditor of Vanderburgh County, holding office from 1995-2002. During that time, her office received its first clean bill of health in decades from the State Board of Accounts. Crouch 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. Prior to her career in public service, Crouch spent four years as Chairman of the Vanderburgh County Republican Party.
Auditor Crouch 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. She also took post graduate courses in accounting from the University of Southern Indiana. Crouch has been married 35 years to her husband Larry Downs. They have one grown daughter, Courtney. Crouch attends St. John's Daylight Catholic Church.
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson
Connie Lawson is Indiana’s 61st Secretary of State. As Indiana’s Chief Elections Official, she is focused on ensuring integrity and security for our state’s elections. Since taking office, Secretary Lawson championed the most sweeping election reforms since photo ID, and has led the effort to clean Indiana’s voter rolls. A tireless advocate for increasing Indiana’s financial literacy and protecting Indiana investors, Secretary Lawson educates Hoosiers about smart money decisions and fights for stringent penalties for white collar criminals. She has also partnered with Indiana’s motor vehicle industry to ensure the best possible customer service, including prompt title delivery. Secretary Lawson is directing substantial innovation and leveraging cutting edge technology to improve how businesses interact with government.
Secretary Lawson is not just an advocate for election security. Secretary Lawson is also working to modernize elections through vote centers. As a state Senator, Secretary Lawson authored legislation allowing any county in the state to move to the vote center model. As Secretary of State, she’s worked to educate voters and elected officials on the costs saving benefits and convenience of the vote center model. Thanks to her leadership, 10 counties have made the decision to join the 7 counties already using vote centers and many more are considering making the switch.
She has established stronger safeguards for Hoosier investors by increasing the penalties for repeat scam artists who steal Hoosiers’ hard earned money and created greater transparency for investors through audits.
She’s committed to putting financial criminals behind bars, and believes that stronger financial literacy is the best way to protect Hoosiers from falling prey to scams. Since taking office, Secretary Lawson has taken on the additional duty of educating not only investors, but educating all Hoosiers on the importance of being financially fit. She travels the state speaking with high school students about credit cards and how they impact your future, chatting with senior citizens about how to protect their retirement nest eggs and reaches out to newlyweds about marrying their finances. Hoosiers’ financial education is often overlooked, but Secretary Lawson is working to end this cycle by covering the taboo topic of money.
Putting scam artists behind bars and helping victims take back their stolen funds is still a top priority. Since March 2012, Secretary Lawson’s Prosecution Assistance Unit has notched 858 charges against Indiana fraudsters and more than 190 years of prison time. She secured a multi-million dollar settlement with the Indiana State Teachers Association to repay Hoosier teachers who were defrauded in a Ponzi scheme. She put a man Terre Haute in prison for 25 years for swindling his own family.
She’s also working to modernize the way the state does business by leading an initiative to create a robust, streamlined business development tool that will allow Hoosier entrepreneurs to open for business faster. Secretary Lawson is leading the effort to create a business portal that will ultimately serve as businesses’ single point of contact for registration, filing, reporting and making payments across state agencies. It will ease the burden and reduce redundancy for Hoosier businesses when it comes to the information and documentation they must provide various state agencies.
Secretary Lawson lends her substantial leadership experience to help great organizations. She is a regional vice president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, an honorary governor of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, the honorary chairwoman of the Lupus Foundation of Indiana, and a co-chair of the Hendricks County United Way to name just a few.
Prior to serving as Secretary of State, Lawson served in the Indiana Senate for sixteen years, where she accomplished significant legislative success. Respected across the aisle, she quickly earned the admiration of her colleagues and made history in 2006 when she was selected as the first woman to serve as Majority Floor Leader in the Indiana Senate.
During her term as a state senator, she authored legislation designed to have a lasting, positive impact on Indiana. She championed local government reform efforts, moved the school board elections from the primary to the general, helped lead the state’s redistricting process and advocated for stronger awareness of health issues such as cervical cancer, lupus and youth suicide prevention. Her efforts were recognized when she received Mental Health America of Indiana’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities’ Career Recognition Award and ARC of Indiana’s Lifetime Achievement award for her efforts to help raise awareness and improve the lives of disabled Hoosiers.
Before joining the Indiana Senate, Lawson served as Clerk of the Hendricks County Circuit Court for eight years. During her tenure, she was named elections administrator of the year by the Indiana State Election Board and clerk of the year by the Indiana Clerk’s Association, both in 1993. The Association of Indiana Counties awarded her a similar award in 1996. She also served as president of the Indiana Clerk’s Association and chair of the groups’ legislative committee.
As a public servant, Lawson has been a true inspiration to women in government, an agent of change for Indiana counties and a determined advocate for the prevention of diseases that would rob us of our loved ones. She has been recognized as one of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Women of Influence and she received the Zup’s Imagination Award for her service to United Way of Central Indiana. In addition to her public work, she and her husband Jack own Lawson & Company, an auctioneer and real estate company.
Treasurer of State
Richard E. Mourdock
Richard Mourdock took office as Indiana’s 53rd State Treasurer in February 2007 and was re-elected to another four year term in November 2010. He brings to the office a 30 year record of executive experience in the Hoosier energy, construction, and environmental industries.
Richard serves as Indiana’s Chief Investment Officer, where he seeks to maximize the return on the state’s investment portfolio. He also serves on a total of 13 boards and commissions by virtue of his office. In addition, Richard currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the College Savings Plans Network and the Midwest Regional Vice-President of the National Association of State Treasurers.
In his first term, Richard was at the center of the national debate regarding the bailouts of the automobile industry as he pursued a case on behalf of Indiana pensioners to the US Supreme Court. As a result of the case, Richard has been frequently cited for his willingness to stand-up for the rule of law, the US Constitution, and individual property rights.
Richard previously served two terms as a Commissioner of Vanderburgh County, where he gained a reputation as a results-oriented leader by setting goals and measuring progress.
Richard holds a Master’s Degree in Geology from Ball State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Defiance College in Ohio.
On a personal note, Richard is frequently sought after as a speaker on the subjects of Abraham Lincoln and early American politics. Richard has served on numerous Christian mission trips to Bolivia as well as completing the 2011 Chicago Marathon on his 60th birthday, which was his ninth marathon.
Richard lives in Darmstadt, Indiana, with his wife Marilyn.
Welcome to the Indiana Department of Education!
We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of support to Indiana’s schools, students, teachers and parents. The administration will be working with educators, parents, policy makers, business leaders and community leaders to create a system of education that will offer the resources and opportunities necessary for our students to compete and excel in the 21st Century.
Over the next couple of months, our team will begin transforming the Department’s website into a portal for educators, parents, students and the community to easily access information about the IDOE, academic issues, performance data, and programs and initiatives. We will also maintain communication via the IDOE’s Facebook page and through your local media outlets.
We look forward to imagining the possibilities and, together, making them happen.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction