INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Republican Mike Pence has picked first-term state Rep. Sue Ellspermann as his running mate in his campaign to become Indiana's next governor.
Pence announced Ellspermann's selection Monday morning and they started a tour across the state together in her hometown of Ferdinand in southwestern Indiana's Dubois (doo-BOYS') County.
Ellspermann has been director of the University of Southern Indiana's Center for Applied Research. That center aims to find ways for the Evansville school to help businesses in the region. She says she previously had her own business consulting firm.
Ellspermann scored a political coup for Republicans in 2010 by defeating then-Democratic House Majority Leader Russell Stilwell as the GOP won control of the Indiana House.
Democrat John Gregg hasn't yet named his lieutenant governor candidate.