The Indiana Republican party has chosen Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb to fill the vacancy left on the gubernatorial ballot by Governor Mike Pence. Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5), Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4) and State Senator Jim Tomes (R-49) were also seeking the nomination.
Holcomb said he was honored to be chosen and that he had a lot of work to do heading into the November election. "The only way that we continue Indiana’s progress is by joining together, which we have done."
The spot opened up when Pence was selected as Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate. Pence has since endorsed Holcomb for the nomination.
Both Brooks and Rokita indicated they will seek to return to the ballot for their respective offices. Both withdrew their re-election bids to seek the gubernatorial nomination. Indiana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Cardwell says district caucuses will meet in the coming weeks to fill those vacancies.
"Indiana is blessed to have many outstanding leaders who are willing to answer the call to public service," said Senator Dan Coats (R-IN). "I congratulate Eric Holcomb on his selection and believe that he is the best person to serve as the 51st Indiana Governor. Eric will use his wealth of experience and deep love of our state to continue the progress Indiana has made over the last decade. I congratulate Eric and Janet on this high honor and look forward to his leadership in years to come."
Holcomb was confirmed as lieutenant governor in March, succeeding Sue Ellspermann, who is now the president of Ivy Tech Community College. He is a former Indiana Republican Party chairman.
Holcomb will run against Democrat John Gregg in November.