- Skip Navigation

Note: This message is displayed if (1) your browser is not standards-compliant or (2) you have you disabled CSS. Read our Policies for more information.

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann

Lt. Governor > Biography Biography

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann Sue Ellspermann was inaugurated as Indiana’s 50th lieutenant governor on January 14, 2013.

Under Indiana law, the Lt. Governor serves as President of the Indiana Senate and Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development.  She also manages six state agencies including the State Department of Agriculture, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Office of Tourism Development, Office of Defense Development, Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.  Additionally, the Lt. Governor chairs the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council.

Born and raised in the town of Ferdinand in Dubois County, Lt. Governor Ellspermann has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University.  After an early career in manufacturing at General Motors, Michelin and Frito-Lay, she returned to Evansville and started a consulting business. She also completed a master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering at the University of Louisville.  Later she became the founding director of the Center for Applied Research and Economic Development at the University of Southern Indiana.

Sue was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2010 and served as vice chair of the Employment, Labor and Pension Committee and was a member of the Small Business, Commerce and Economic Development and Elections and Apportionment Committees.

During her first year in office, Lt. Governor Ellspermann visited all 92 counties on a Listen and Learn Tour.  In 2013, Governor Pence appointed her to co-chair his Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Infrastructure to identify the next generation of Indiana’s major transportation projects.  Additionally, she is serving as Vice Chair of the Indiana Career Council that is leading the State’s workforce development, education and training initiatives.

In June 2014, Ellspermann led an agricultural trade mission to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan where she signed agreements promoting additional imports of Indiana corn, soybeans and hardwoods.  To support rural economic development, she also convened a Rural Broadband Working Group to pursue increasing internet connectivity and bandwidth to rural Indiana.

Lt. Governor Ellspermann is married to Jim Mehling, principal of Forest Park High School in Ferdinand, and they have a blended family of four daughters, three sons-in-law and three grandchildren.