Elected Republican Officeholders


Dan Coats
U.S. Senator

Dan Coats returned to the U.S. Senate in January 2011 to focus on cutting wasteful spending, reducing the national debt and promoting a pro-growth economic policy to put Hoosiers and Americans back to work. Senator Coats has dedicated much of his life to serving Indiana and the nation in a variety of roles.

After graduating from Wheaton College, Coats went on to serve in the U.S. Army. Following his military service, Coats attended the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he received his J.D. and was associate editor of the Indiana Law Review. He went on to work for a life insurance company in Fort Wayne before joining the office of then-Congressman Dan Quayle as a district representative.

In keeping with a term-limits pledge he made to Hoosiers, Coats stepped down from his Senate seat in 1999. After leaving the Senate, he worked in the private sector with the law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. In 2001, Coats was named Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, arriving in country only three days before the tragic events of September 11, 2001. As Ambassador, Coats played a critical role in establishing robust relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and in the construction of a new United States Embassy in the heart of Berlin.

In the 112th Congress, Coats serves on four Senate committees: Appropriations, Select Intelligence, Energy and Natural Resources and the Joint Economic Committee (JEC.)

Dan and Marsha Coats met in college and have three adult children and eight grandchildren.

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Dr. Larry Bucshon
U.S. Representative

The son of a coal miner and a nurse, Larry was instilled with a strong work ethic and sense of service to others. They were also invaluable role models who encouraged honesty, integrity, and standing up for what you believe in.

As a result of his work ethic and sense of service, Larry choose to pursue a career in medicine. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Bucshon then completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he served as chief resident in surgery, then remained to complete an advanced fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery. During this time he was enlisted with the United States Navy Reserve, serving from 1989 to 1998 when he was honorably discharged.

Dr. Larry Bucshon and his wife Kathryn, who is a practicing physician and anesthesiologist in Evansville, reside in Warrick County. They have four children; Luke, Alexander, Blair and Zoe. The family attends Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Evansville.

 

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Mike Pence
Governor

Mike Pence is a lifelong Hoosier, born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, with three brothers and two sisters. Mike graduated from Columbus North High School, went on to graduate from Hanover College in 1981 and earned his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1986.

Mike was elected to serve his fellow Hoosiers in Congress in 2000, and earned a sixth term in November of 2010. Today, he represents more than 650,000 Hoosiers in 19 counties in eastern Indiana.

During the 109th Congress, Mike served as Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus in the House of Representatives. Under Mike’s leadership, membership grew to 110 House Republicans. The group has been the leading voice for advancing conservative ideals and economic issues in Congress since the mid-1980s.

Mike and his wife Karen have been married for 26 years, live in Columbus, Indiana, and currently rent a house in McCordsville for professional reasons. They have three children, Michael, Charlotte and Audrey. Karen is an elementary school art teacher and the Honorary Chairwoman of the Art Therapy Initiative at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

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Sue Ellspermann
Lieutenant Governor

Sue was raised in Ferdinand, Indiana, one of six children of Tom and Betty Boeglin. A 1978 graduate of Forest Park High School, she earned a degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University in 1982, and established a career in engineering and management at AC Spark Plug, Michelin, and Frito-Lay.  In 1986, Sue and her family returned to Evansville where she founded a consulting business, Ellspermann and Associates, Inc. Her company provided problem solving and strategic planning facilitation and training.  As Sue built her practice throughout North America and locally with companies such as Kimball International, Pepsi, and McCormick, she completed a doctorate in industrial engineering at the University of Louisville 1996. Research from her dissertation was recognized as one of the Top 50 Management Articles of 2007 by Emerald Management Reviews.

In 2006, Sue became the founding director of the University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Applied Research. Since its inception, the Center has completed nearly 200 projects for southwest Indiana and the state including the I-69 Community Development Study, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Strategic Plan, and the Evansville Glenwood Community Development Project. Sue was instrumental in developing the USI-Naval Surface Warfare Center (NWSC) Crane Partnership that includes a focus on technology commercialization.

Sue was elected to represent Dubois, Perry, Spencer and Warrick counties in the Indiana House of Representatives in 2010. She served as Vice Chair of the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee and was a member of the Small Business, Commerce and Economic Development Committee and Election and Apportionment Committee.

Sue is married to Jim Mehling, Assistant Principal of Forest Park High School. They have a blended family of four daughters.

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Greg Zoeller
Attorney General

Greg Zoeller was elected Indiana's 42nd Attorney General November 4, 2008 and sworn into office January 12, 2009. Prior to being elected Attorney General, Zoeller served as the chief deputy to his predecessor, Steve Carter, making him the first to have served in the office prior to being elected.

Zoeller had previously served as Assistant to Vice President Dan Quayle in the White House from 1989-1991 and earlier served then-Senator Quayle in both Washington and Indiana in legislative and executive capacities since 1982. His other government experience includes serving as Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General, Richard Thornburg, in 1988 and as Senior Counsel to the House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight in 1998.

Zoeller served on a U.S. delegation to NATO in Brussels, Belgium as the Vice President of the Indiana Council of World Affairs in 1992 and led Airlift Indiana, a private relief mission, to Bangladesh and another relief mission to Honduras following natural disasters in those countries. 

A native of New Albany, Indiana, Zoeller graduated from Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington in 1982. He is married to Kerrie (Turner) and has three children, Gretchen, Katherine, and Michael. They are members of Christ the King Catholic Church.

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Richard Mourdock
Treasurer of State

Richard Mourdock took office as Indiana’s 53rd State Treasurer in February 2007 and was re-elected to another four year term in November 2010. He brings to the office a 30 year record of executive experience in the Hoosier energy, construction, and environmental industries.

In his first term, Richard was at the center of the national debate regarding the bailouts of the automobile industry as he pursued a case on behalf of Indiana pensioners to the US Supreme Court. As a result of the case, Richard has been frequently cited for his willingness to stand-up for the rule of law, the US Constitution, and individual property rights. 

Richard holds a Master’s Degree in Geology from Ball State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Defiance College in Ohio.

On a personal note, Richard is frequently sought after as a speaker on the subjects of Abraham Lincoln and early American politics. Richard has served on numerous Christian mission trips to Bolivia as well as completing the 2011 Chicago Marathon on his 60th birthday, which was his ninth marathon.  Richard lives in Darmstadt, Indiana, with his wife Marilyn.

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Jim Tomes
State Senator, District 49

Jim Tomes was elected to the State Senate for district 49 in November of 2010. He is founder and director of the 2nd Amendment Patriots, and is also active in the Wadesville VFW Post 6576 and St. Wendel Catholic Church.  Prior to serving in public office, Jim was a teamster and union steward in the trucking industry for 33 years. He is married to Margie Tomes and together they have three children.

 

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Vaneta Becker
State Senator, District 50

Vaneta Becker has been a State Senator for district 50 since 2005 and, prior to that, served as a state representative from 1981-2005. Ms. Becker is also a realtor with F.C. Tucker/Huber Realtors.

 

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Tom Washburne
State Representative, District 64

Having lived in its central, northern and southern areas, Tom is no stranger to the new District 64.  His family moved to Princeton when he was two years old, and he is a 1982 graduate of Princeton Community High School.  Like many Princeton boys, Tom sacked groceries at Gaston’s IGA and sold firearms and sporting goods at William’s Shoe Hospital.  After Tom earned an engineering degree from Purdue, he married his wife Lynne and taught electronics at Vincennes University before heading off to law school at the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis.  Upon completing a federal judicial clerkship in Indianapolis, Tom and his growing family returned to Vincennes, where he practiced law in the Hart Bell law firm.

In 1995, Tom joined the Washington, DC, staff of Indiana Congressman John Hostettler, eventually becoming Chief of Staff.  In 2001, he left Capitol Hill and joined the staff of the Home School Legal Defense Association, where he defended the rights of parents to educate their children at home if they chose to do so. He later served as Indiana Congressman Mike Sodrel’s Chief of Staff and on the staff of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Michigan.  In 2007, Tom accepted a position with Old National Bancorp in Evansville, and settled his family near Darmstadt in rural northern Vanderburgh County.

Tom and Lynne have been married for twenty-five years and have five children.  A Christian, he is active with a church planting effort of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Tom is an Eagle Scout and a leader with Boy Scout Troop 393 in St. Wendel, Indiana.  In his spare time, he enjoys ham radio (WB9ZFN) and raising sheep and chickens.  Tom is admitted to practice law in Indiana and Michigan.

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Wendy McNamara
State Representative, District 76

Rep. McNamara brings many years of experience, knowledge and leadership to the Indiana House of Representatives with her educational career spanning over 16 years with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. She served as a Teacher and Department Chair at Benjamin Bosse High School and at Harrison High School, as the Supervisor of Social Studies and as the Assistant Principal at North High School.  Currently, she serves as the Director of Early College High School. This is a position she has truly been innovative in by developing a model for high school students who simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an Associate’s degree or two years of college credit toward a Bachelor’s degree.

In her first year in the Indiana General Assembly, Rep. McNamara was not a shy freshman legislator. She authored, co-authored and sponsored important legislation needed for the people of Indiana.  She authored House Enrolled Act 1416, which requires inmates to have correspondence courses approved in advance by the Department of Correction. Rep. McNamara felt this bill was needed to confirm the validity of correspondent courses inmates were using to obtain their high school diplomas and to ensure inmates gain a valuable education through this program.

Outside of her legislative role, she is very involved in the community. Rep. McNamara is involved with Local and National Close Up and is a North Side Optimist Club member. She also is a member of the Network of Evansville Women (ANEW), Posey County Republican Women's Club and the Vanderburgh County Federated Republican Women.

Throughout her tenure as a representative, Rep. McNamara will continue to advocate for pro-business polices, education reform and the creation a better Hoosier state. She lives in Mount Vernon with her husband Marc, the Ink Division Manager at Image Inks in Evansville, and their puppy Mercury.

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Holli Sullivan
State Representative, District 78

Holli Sullivan has served as state representative for distrct 78 since Jan. 2014, having filled the seat vacated by Suzanne Crouch. My goal for the 2014 legislative session is to accurately represent the ideas and concerns of our community at the Statehouse. It is imperative that we work together to continue Indiana’s growth and improvement, so I encourage you to contact me with your thoughts on how we can make our state even better.

 

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 Suzanne Crouch

Indiana Auditor

Governor Mike Pence appointed Suzanne Crouch as the 56th Indiana Auditor of State on January 2nd, 2014. Since her swearing in Suzanne Crouch has worked to uphold her oath of office and worked everyday for Hoosiers to make our state government transparent and accountable to the taxpayers.

 

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Bill Fluty
County Assessor

Bill Fluty was first elected County Assessor in 2010. Previously he was elected to two terms as County Auditor in 2002 and 2006. Prior to that Fluty served as chief deputy auditor under Suzanne Crouch.  Fluty and his wife, Lisa, have one daughter.

 

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Joe Gries
County Auditor

Joe Gries was elected County Auditor in November of 2010. Prior to that he has served as Chief Deputy Auditor to Bill Fluty. He has over fourteen years combined experience serving the taxpayers of Vanderburgh County.  Joe is a longtime resident of Evansville, Indiana. He and his wife, Vallee, have three children.

 

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Debra Stucki
County Clerk

I have worked 16 years in the Recorder's Office under Bob Steele and Betty Hermann.  I also worked 6 years in the County Clerk's Office under Marsha Abell and Susie Kirk as a Supervisor and also worked in different capacities during the Elections.  In 2006 I ran for Center Township Board and won.  Then the Township Assessors were consolidated under the County Assessor.  I am currently working in the County Assessor's Office.  I have also been a precinct committee person for many years.

 

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Nick Hermann
County Prosecutor

Nicholas Hermann is the Prosecuting Attorney for Vanderburgh County, State of Indiana and was sworn in to office on January 1, 2011. Prior to being elected prosecuting attorney, Nick was an attorney practicing primarily in criminal and family law.

Nick and his wife Gina have a young son, Lucas, who represents the seventh generation of their family to call Evansville home. Nick’s family came to Evansville in the mid-1800’s and started one of the first ten businesses in the City of Evansville when they opened Hermann’s Candy Store on Main Street in Downtown Evansville. He and his family are members of the community and attend church locally.

Nick was raised in Evansville and attended Dexter Elementary School, Holy Rosary School, and is a graduate of Memorial High School. He received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Ball State University and earned his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis.

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Jeff Mueller
County Surveyor

I was born and raised on Evansville's southeast side and have lived in McCutchanville the past 23 years.  I attended Holy Rosary Grade School and graduated from Reitz Memorial High School in 1972. After high school I attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology where I graduated in 1976 with a degree in Civil Engineering.   I attended the Indianapolis campus of Indiana University (IUPUI) where I obtained my Masters Degree in Business Administration.  As a member of the Jaycees I met my future wife Susan who was also a Jaycee. We were married in 1988. Our family includes daughters Melissa (sophomore at Memorial) and Jessica (8th grade Good Shepherd School). Our family is active members of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. I served on Board of the McCutchanville Community Association from 1993 through 2000. I have coached girls’ soccer both at McCutchanville and Good Shepherd.    

I am recently retired from the position of Director of Engineering, Planning, Engineering and Geology with Alpha Natural Resources. I am a licensed Professional Engineer in the States of Indiana and Illinois. I have held many positions including engineering, operations, permitting and corporate business development. This career has provided me with a wide variety of experiences including surveying, project management, budget preparation, strategic planning, environmental auditing and compliance, evaluation of economic alternatives and managing large groups of employees.

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Susan Kirk
County Treasurer

It has been an honor to be your Vanderburgh County Clerk from 2005 to 2012.  I began working in government during my Father’s second term as your County Treasurer. My Mom and Dad taught me to be honest, fair and to always remember that a public servant should be dedicated to serve the public, not themselves.

The Clerk’s Office is the largest County office in local government. My staff and I have streamlined the Clerk’s office in many ways to make it more efficient. People can look up case files online. Our web site has a lot of information to help the public file cases and have access to court forms. Most infractions can be paid online instead of having to come to court. I entered election results on the Clerk’s web page dating back to 1890.  I implemented early voting in libraries in 2007. This project has been especially effective. Approximately 1/3 of our voters vote early at the libraries.

I also implemented vote centers in 2011.  In the past, a voter could only vote at his/her polling place located in the precinct they reside at. Now, with vote centers, a voter can vote at any vote center in Vanderburgh County. There is also an application that can be downloaded to your cell phone or accessed though the web that shows the location of vote centers. This application will show where you are, where the vote centers are and the wait time at each vote center to vote. We are the only county in the world that has this handy app. By switching from precinct voting to vote centers, it saves the County taxpayers $85,000 per year.

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Joe Kiefer
County Commissioner, District 1

Family has always been Joe Kiefer’s top priority. Kiefer and his wife JoAnn have a full house with their four kids, Joe, John, Ryan, and Ashley. He has dedicated his life to his family. Kiefer stays involved in his children’s lives by coaching youth baseball, soccer, and basketball. Kiefer and his family play an active role in their church and have taken part in the Christian Family Movement.

He carries this commitment and passion into his work of making Evansville a better place to raise a family. Joe Kiefer plays a huge part in helping better his community by participating in United Neighborhoods of Evansville (Government Affairs Committee), YMCA (Partner with Youth), Public Education Foundation Board, SWIRCA Foundation Board Youth Resources of SW Indiana, and Transportation Committee of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the Finance Committee, Public Works Committee, ASD Committee Salary Administration Committee, Animal Control Board, and Information Technology.  Joe currently sits as County Commissioner in District #1.

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Marsha Abell
County Commissioner, District 2

Marsha Abell was elected to the Board of Commissioners in November of 2010. Prior to that she served four years on the Vanderburgh County Council, eight years as the Clerk of the Vanderburgh Circuit Court, and four years as the Evansville City Clerk.  Marsha works as a real estate agent for F.C. Tucker Emge Realtors. She lives on the north side with her husband and their dog.

 

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James Raben
County Council, District 1

James B. Raben was first elected to the Council Council in 1991 and has frequently served as the County Finance Chairman.  Mr. Raben is also part owner of Raben Tire Co., Inc. and a resident of Evansville's West Side. Raben Tire, based in Evansville, has been in business for more than a half century.

 

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Tom Shetler
County Council, District 2

Thomas J. Shetler, Jr. was elected by caucus to the County Council in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010. Previously he served as a County Commissioner. Shetler is a strict fiscal conservative and responsible, with other council Republicans, for a number of government downsizing initiatives.  Outside of public service, Tom serves as president of Shetler Moving & Storage Inc.

 

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Pete Swaim
County Council, District 4

Pete Swaim, your current County Councilman in District #4 on the east side, retired from the Vanderburgh County Sherrif's Department.  He has since served Executive Director of Transportation and Services for the City of Evansville and was later appointed by the U.S. President as United States Marshal for the Southern District of Indiana.

 

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Angela Koehler Lindsey
County Council At-Large

I am a life-long Republican.  My involvement in local Republican politics began in 1967, when I was six months old.  That is the first year that my father, David Koehler, Sr. ran for office.  I grew up in the political arena and learned many things about city and county government while working on the campaigns of my father and many other Republicans.

I now have my own proven record of political service.  I served as your City Council Representative in Ward 5 for over 14 years.  During my tenure, I served on every standing committee of the council and was Minority leader.  I was learned city government from Jim Price and was proud to work with then Mayor Russ Lloyd, Jr. and former City Councilmen Joe Kiefer &  Jeff Kniese on our city budgets and ordinances.

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Lloyd Winnecke
Mayor of Evansville

Lloyd Winnecke was elected the 34th Mayor of Evansville in November of 2011. Mayor Winnecke is an Evansville native coming from a successful career in business and government, holding numerous top management positions in both the private and public sectors.  His work as Senior Vice President and Marketing Director for Fifth Third Bank taught him the business skills he brought to city government. Prior to joining the bank, Lloyd spent 17 years in television news, most recently as News Director at News 25.

In the public sector Winnecke was elected a County Commissioner in 2008 and served as President of that body. Prior to that he served nine years on the Vanderburgh County Council, including three years as president and one year as finance chairman. As a county official he balanced budgets for 11 straight years and held per capita spending to 43% below the state average. He has never lost an election.

Winnecke is a graduate of Central High School and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from the University of Evansville. He is married to former Vanderburgh County Commissioner Carolyn McClintock, who is a real estate agent with FC Tucker Emge Realtor. He is the father of one daughter, Danielle, who resides in Tucson, Arizona with her husband Steve and their sons, Holden and Oliver.

Lloyd and his family are members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and he is an active member of the community. He has served on the Boards of Evansville Civic Theatre, Gilda’s Club of Evansville, the American Red Cross, the Evansville African American Museum and the University of Evansville Purple Aces Club. He also serves on the executive committee of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana and the ITAC (city-county information technology committee).

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Dan McGinn
City Councilman, Ward 1

Dan McGinn was born in and attended high school in Indianapolis. He received a B.S. in Social Studies from Ball State University in 1971 and a Juris Doctor degree from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1974. He has been married to his wife Pam, a Travel Agent, for 39 years and they have two daughters. His oldest is a Social Worker specializing in adoptions and his youngest is a Special Education teacher in Evansville.

He moved to Evansville in 1974 and was a trial lawyer for 21 years. In 2000 he was appointed Director of Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden and held that position for 8 years. He remains active with the Zoo as a member of the Evansville Zoological Society.

He has been the First Ward City Councilman since 2009 and during that time has served on several boards and committees. He is an avid reader, traveler, fisherman and enjoys the outdoors. He currently teaches a Business Law class at the University of Southern Indiana.

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