Suzanne Crouch has won a slew of elections since she began her political career as a county auditor in 1994. She went on to serve as a county commissioner, a two-term state representative and state auditor. Now she’s bringing that wealth of experience to her post as Indiana’s newest lieutenant governor.
The governor she’s serving under, Eric Holcomb, has had an unexpected rise to power: Last March, the former state GOP chair was named by Gov. Mike Pence to be his new lieutenant governor; in July, when Pence was tapped as Donald Trump’s vice presidential nominee, Holcomb was picked as the Republican nominee for the gubernatorial race. When voters picked Holcomb in November, it was the first time he’d ever won elected office.
For Crouch, helping women has always been important. Last year, she successfully pushed through a gender-neutral change to the state code, which still referred to all office holders as “he” -- despite the fact that five of the seven top state officials at the time were women. “That small change sends an empowering message to women that in Indiana,” she says, “you can be part of the success story because you can help write it.”