Holcomb Sworn In As Lt. Governor

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Indiana officially has its 51st lieutenant governor. Eric Holcomb took the oath of office Thursday, hours after his nomination for Mike Pence's second in command was confirmed by the Indiana House and Senate.

Holcomb succeeds Sue Ellspermann, who resigned from office as she seeks the position of president at Ivy Tech Community College. The Indiana General Assembly celebrated Ellspermann's final day as lieutenant governor Wednesday.

After taking the oath, Holcomb said he was excited to get started in his new role.

"Having the opportunity to serve this state; the state that I love is a privilege," said Holcomb. "I shall always bring forward my very best every day, just as my 50 predecessors have, by example."

Holcomb withdrew as a candidate for the U.S. Senate last month after being offered the position of lieutenant governor by Governor Mike Pence. Holcomb previously served as chairman of the Indiana Republican Party.

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