- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Latest on Eric Holcomb taking office as Indiana’s new lieutenant governor (all times local):

3:50 p.m.

A Democratic state senator says she’s disappointed with the loss of diversity with the change in Indiana’s lieutenant governor.

Sen. Jean Breaux of Indianapolis voted Thursday to confirm Republican Eric Holcomb’s nomination for the state’s No. 2 office, but says she regrets the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.

Breaux says Ellspermann is an example to young women across the state that even the highest offices of the state are achievable.

Ellspermann’s resignation Wednesday came three weeks after she announced she would step down to apply for presidency of Ivy Tech Community College.

Indiana’s lieutenant governor has been a woman since 2003 when Democrat Kathy Davis was nominated following the death of Gov. Frank O’Bannon.

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3:25 p.m.

One person missing from the stage as Eric Holcomb was sworn in as Indiana’s new lieutenant governor was his predecessor.

Former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann wasn’t at the Statehouse ceremony Thursday, a day after her resignation she submitted to Gov. Mike Pence took effect.

Pence spokesman Matt Lloyd says it wouldn’t have been appropriate for Ellspermann to attend Holcomb’s swearing-in ceremony since she had so recently stepped down.

Handling introductions during the ceremony was Becky Skillman, who was lieutenant governor under Mitch Daniels.

Though the replacement came at an unusual time and cut Ellspermann’s term short, both she and Pence have said there is no rift between them despite differing views on the contentious civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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2:20 p.m.

Former Indiana Republican chairman Eric Holcomb has been sworn in as the state’s new lieutenant governor.

Holcomb took the oath of office during a Statehouse ceremony Thursday afternoon, a few hours after the Indiana House and Senate confirmed his nomination by Gov. Mike Pence.

Holcomb replaces Sue Ellspermann in a rare midterm transition for the state’s No. 2 office.

Pence cited Holcomb’s experience as a top aide to former Gov. Daniels and U.S. Sen. Dan Coats as helping prepare him for the position.

Ellspermann resigned from office Wednesday and is applying to become Ivy Tech Community College’s new president.

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10:30 a.m.

The Indiana Legislature has confirmed former state Republican chairman Eric Holcomb as the state’s new lieutenant governor.

The state Senate voted 50-0 shortly after the House voted 91-3 Thursday morning to approve Gov. Mike Pence’s pick of Holcomb. He is to be sworn into office Thursday afternoon to succeed Sue Ellspermann, who resignation was effective Wednesday.

Republican legislative leaders praised Holcomb’s selection, citing his experience as a top aide to former Gov. Mitch Daniels. Senate Democratic leader Tim Lanane (LAN’-in) said he would go along with Pence’s pick, but that he questioned the reasons given for the change.

Ellspermann is applying to become Ivy Tech Community College’s new president, but she and Pence have differences over civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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9:35 a.m.

The Indiana House has confirmed the nomination of former state Republican chairman Eric Holcomb to succeed Sue Ellspermann as the state’s lieutenant governor.

The House voted 91-3 Thursday morning to approve Gov. Mike Pence’s pick of Holcomb. The Senate is expected to sign-off on the unusual move later Thursday morning, after which Holcomb will be sworn into office.

Holcomb will be Pence’s running mate for an expected tough re-election campaign this year against Democratic candidate John Gregg, whom Pence narrowly defeated in 2012. Ellspermann formally resigned Wednesday as she applies to become Ivy Tech Community College’s president.

The only time since the 1940s a new lieutenant governor was selected in the middle of a term was in 2003 following the death of Gov. Frank O’Bannon.

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7:50 a.m.

Lawmakers are expected to hold a confirmation vote for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s choice to replace former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.

Pence’s office says former state Republican Party chairman Eric Holcomb will be sworn-in after the Thursday vote. Ellspermann stepped down, saying she wanted to pursue the top post at Ivy Tech Community College.

Pence announced three weeks ago that Holcomb would be his new running-mate. Pence faces a tough election in a rematch with Democratic candidate John Gregg, whom he narrowly defeated in 2012.

Holcomb previously was chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Dan Coats and campaign manager for former Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Lawmakers said they wanted to make the transition before the legislative session ends March 10. Otherwise, the Legislature would have to return for a special session to confirm Holcomb.

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