INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement after Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced her unexpected departure from Governor Mike Pence’s administration.

“I’m taken aback by the suddenness of the Lieutenant Governor’s unexpected exit,

“In her time at the helm of the Senate she’s been a steady hand, exhibiting an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of Hoosiers across the state,  

“That commitment is why I find her announcement and the process by which she will be replaced so unsettling,

“This is unprecedented. I cannot recall such an abrupt change in leadership at this level without a preceding emergency,

“The governor has expressed a willingness to work with legislative leadership on the transition. I believe it’s appropriate that we thoroughly vet the governor’s appointment,

“The Senate is losing a proven legislator and leader, an advocate for doing it the right way and a fierce proponent of compromise and bipartisanship,

“Women are losing their chief ally in state government. Today, Lieutenant Governor Ellspermann serves shoulder to shoulder with the governor, the highest elected office at the Statehouse. She occupies a bully pulpit for women and working families like no other in the state,

“Hoosiers have also lost. With Lieutenant Governor Ellspermann’s sudden departure, state government is less diverse. Governor Pence’s administration now looks less like the state it represents,

“When the guy across the table looks like you, talks like you, acts like you, it’s safe to assume he’ll make decisions like you, and that’s not the kind of leadership Hoosiers need,

“A diversity of opinions expands perspectives and inherently leads to better decisions,

“I wish the very best to Mr. Holcomb in his appointment. Lieutenant Governor Ellspermann has served our state with distinction and there’s no doubt hers will be a tough act to follow.”

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Sen. Lanane represents Indiana Senate District 25 which includes portions of Madison and Delaware counties, including the City of Muncie and the southeastern portion of the City of Anderson. For more information on Sen. Lanane, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.indianasenatedemocrats.org/S25 .

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