- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Latest on Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann’s final day in office (all times local):

5:00 p.m.

Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann has stepped down as the state’s second-in-command.

Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers honored their now former state Senate president as she exited the chamber podium for the last time Wednesday. That podium will remain empty until Thursday, when state lawmakers plan on voting to confirm Ellspermann’s successor, Eric Holcomb.

Holcomb was nominated by Gov. Mike Pence as the state’s chief executive prepares for a tough election year with former state GOP chairman as his new running-mate. Ellspermann announced the same day she would resign to pursue a position as Ivy Tech Community College’s president.

Ellspermann became lieutenant governor in 2013 after just two years as a member of the Indiana House.


2:55 p.m.

The Indiana House has honored outgoing Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann Indiana House with a resolution on her last day in office.

A bipartisan collection of representatives, many of them women, praised Ellspermann Wednesday, shortly before her official resignation took effect.

The one-time state representative and her husband stood at the front of the House chamber as representative took turns speaking. Some female lawmakers said she set an example that was inspiring.

Ellspermann is stepping down in an unusual move. Republican Gov. Mike Pence has tapped political operative Eric Holcomb to be his re-election running mate.

Ellspermann started her political career in the House in 2010 before Pence chose her to be his lieutenant governor when he first ran in 2012.


6:45 a.m.

Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann is serving her final hours in office before her resignation takes effect in an unusual replacement of Republican Gov. Mike Pence’s running mate for his re-election campaign this year.

Ellspermann’s resignation becomes official at 5 p.m. Wednesday, about three weeks after she said she would step down while seeking to become Ivy Tech Community College’s new president. Her final day will include being honored in the state Senate, where she is the presiding officer.

The Indiana House and Senate are expected to vote Thursday on confirming former state Republican Party chairman Eric Holcomb as the new lieutenant governor.

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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