Eric Holcomb

Eric Holcomb
Governor of Indiana
Taking office
January 9, 2017
Lieutenant Suzanne Crouch (elect)
Succeeding Mike Pence
51st Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
Assumed office
March 3, 2016
Governor Mike Pence
Preceded by Sue Ellspermann
Succeeded by Suzanne Crouch (elect)
Personal details
Born (1968-05-02) May 2, 1968
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Janet Holcomb
Alma mater Hanover College (BA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1990–1996

Eric Holcomb (born May 2, 1968)[1] is an American politician who currently serves as the 51st Lieutenant Governor of Indiana and is the Governor-elect of Indiana. He was nominated to fill the remainder of Sue Ellspermann's term. Ellspermann resigned on March 2, 2016 to become president of Ivy Tech Community College.[2] He is a member of the Republican Party, and successfully ran for Governor of Indiana in the 2016 election.


Holcomb graduated from Pike High School in Indianapolis, Indiana,[3] and Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, in 1990. He served in the United States Navy for six years. He was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, and in Lisbon, Portugal.[4] He began working for John Hostettler, a member of the United States House of Representatives, in 1997.[5] In 2000, Holcomb ran for the Indiana House of Representatives against John Frenz, but was defeated by Frenz.[3]

Holcomb served as an advisor to Mitch Daniels, the Governor of Indiana,[6] beginning in 2003. He became Chairman of the Indiana Republican Party in 2010.[4] In 2013, he resigned to become the state Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Dan Coats.[7][8] When Coats announced that he would not run for reelection to the Senate in the 2016 election in March 2015, Holcomb announced his intention to run.[9]

In February 2016, Holcomb withdrew from the Senate race.[10][11] Days later, Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced she would resign her post, and Governor Mike Pence chose Holcomb to succeed her and serve as his running mate in the 2016 gubernatorial election.[12] Holcomb was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor on March 3.[13]

After Pence withdrew from the gubernatorial race to be Donald Trump's running mate in the 2016 presidential election, Holcomb ended his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor in order to seek the gubernatorial nomination.[14] The Indiana State Republican Committee selected Holcomb to replace Pence as their gubernatorial nominee.[15] Holcomb defeated John R. Gregg to become the next Governor of Indiana.[16]

Personal life

Holcomb's wife, Janet, runs a family business in Madison County, Indiana.[17]


  1. "Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb (R-Indiana) biography". Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  2. Slodysko, Bryan (February 18, 2016). "Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann to resign March 2 in expected move". The Indianapolis Star. The Associated Press. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  3. 1 2 Cook, Tony; Schneider, Chelsea. "Meet the new lieutenant governor, Eric Holcomb". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  4. 1 2 "Kellems drops bid for state GOP chair". Madison Courier. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  5. "Brazil Times: Local News: Holcomb to serve as congressman's district director (02/18/03)". Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  6. "Tully: Can Eric Holcomb win the GOP Senate nomination?". Indianapolis Star. July 14, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  7. "Pence ally Cardwell replacing Berry as Indiana GOP chair". Indianapolis Star. March 11, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  8. "Coats Announces Eric Holcomb to Serve as State Chief of Staff". June 21, 2013. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  9. Joseph, Cameron (March 26, 2015). "Chief of staff launches Senate bid for Coats's seat". The Hill. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  10. "Eric Holcomb drops out of Indiana senate race". WRTV. February 8, 2016. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  11. "Holcomb withdraws from U.S. Senate race". Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  12. Peterson, Mark. "Indiana Lt. Governor Ellsperman plans to resign". WNDU-TV. Retrieved February 11, 2016.
  13. "Eric Holcomb sworn in as lieutenant governor". FOX59. Associated Press. March 3, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  14. Briggs, James; Eason, Brian; Duan, Crystal (July 16, 2016). "Holcomb, Brooks, Rokita run for governor as Pence joins Trump". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved July 17, 2016.
  15. "Indiana GOP picks Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb to replace Mike Pence on 2016 ballot". Politico. July 26, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  16. King, Laura (November 8, 2016). "Republican Eric Holcomb wins governor's race in Indiana". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  17. Bavender, Chris (March 26, 2015). "Republican Eric Holcomb makes US Senate run official". Retrieved August 2, 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Sue Ellspermann
Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
Succeeded by
Suzanne Crouch
Preceded by
Mike Pence
Governor of Indiana

Taking office in 2017
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mike Pence
Republican nominee for Governor of Indiana
Most recent
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