Sue Ellspermann served as Indiana's 50th Lieutenant Governor including statutory responsibilities as the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development and President of the Indiana Senate. She managed six state agencies including:
Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Indiana Office of Tourism
Indiana State Department of Agriculture
Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
Office of Community and Rural Affairs
Office of Defense Development
Sue chaired the Blue Ribbon Panel on Transportation Infrastructure prioritizing transportation projects over the next decade and co-chaired the Rural Broadband Working Group focused on increasing bandwidth to rural areas of Indiana. Sue was also vice-chair of the Indiana Career Council and chaired the Implementation Committee for a strategic plan which aligns K-12, Higher Education and workforce development efforts to employer needs including a statewide goal of 60% of Hoosier workers having post-secondary credentials by 2025.
Sue was elected in 2010 as a State Representative and served on Small Business, Commerce and Economic Development and Employment, Labor, and Pensions Committees. Sue authored the Young Entrepreneur Program and co-authored Right to Work focused on increasing job creation and opportunities in Indiana.
Before running for office, Sue was the founding director of the University of Southern Indiana's Center for Applied Research and Economic Development, owned a consultancy focused on problem solving and strategic planning, and had an early career in engineering and management at General Motors, Michelin and Frito-Lay.
Academically, Sue holds a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Louisville and a B.S. from Purdue in Industrial Engineering. Her dissertation research was recognized by Emerald Management Reviews as one of the top 50 articles published in 2007.
Sue is married and has a blended family of four daughters, three sons-in-law, two grandsons, and one granddaughter.