Suzanne Crouch

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56th Indiana State Auditor
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 2, 2014
Preceded by Dwayne Sawyer
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 78th district
In office
October 26, 2005 – January 2, 2014
Preceded by Vaneta Becker
Succeeded by Holli Sullivan
Personal details
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Larry
Children One
Residence Evansville, Indiana
Alma mater Purdue University (B.A.)
Profession Politician

Suzanne Crouch is an American Republican Party politician who is currently the 56th state Auditor of Indiana.

A member of the Republican Party, Crouch formerly served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2005 to 2014. On December 15, 2013, was appointed by Governor Mike Pence to serve as the 56th State Auditor of Indiana, after the resignation and brief tenure of former State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer.[1]

Early life[edit]

Crouch graduated from Mater Dei High School in Evansville and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, majoring in political science. Prior to her service in local government, Suzanne served as Vanderburgh County Republican Central Committee Chairman for 4 years. Under her chairmanship, a majority of Republicans were elected to County Council, the first time in 60 years that Republicans controlled that body.

Vanderburgh County Auditor[edit]

Crouch was elected Vanderburgh County Auditor in 1994. During her two terms as Auditor, she established a reputation of fighting for government efficiency, responsiveness, accountability and accessibility. As Auditor, her office received, for the first time in decades, a clean bill of health every year from the State Board of Accounts.

Vanderburgh County Commissioner[edit]

In 2002, Suzanne was elected to the Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners and served as President until the end of her term in 2005. She worked to televise weekly Commission meetings and by holding public hearings to seek the public's input on important issues. While serving as president, the Commissioners, for the first time ever, applied and received federal transportation dollars for a local road project.

Indiana State Representative[edit]

In 2005 the district 78 seat for state representative was vacated by Vaneta Becker, who had moved to the State Senate to fill the vacated seat of Greg Server. House District 78 contains parts of Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. Portions of Evansville, as well as Newburgh, Richland, Hatfield, Darmstadt and McCutchanville are within the borders of the district. Crouch was elected to fill the position in a caucus by precinct committeemen. She was appointed Vice Chairman of Public Health Committee in the state legislature. Crouch was challenged in the 2006 republican primary by conservative activist Jonathan Fulton but easily defeated him winning 63% of the vote.

Drug policy[edit]

Salvia divinorum[edit]

Crouch was proposed a bill that would have declared the psychoactive herb Salvia divinorum a Schedule 1 controlled substance.[2]

Alcohol[edit]

Alcohol related financial contributions featured highly for Representative Suzanne Crouch's 2006 political campaign. According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, 'Beer, Wine & Liquor' was her eighth highest industry contributor.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The worldwide number of alcohol-related deaths is calculated at over 2,000 people per day,[4] in the US the number is over 300 deaths per day.[5]
  2. ^ Those advocating consideration of Salvia divinorum's potential for beneficial use in a modern context argue that more could be learned from Mazatec culture, where Salvia is not really associated with notions of drug taking at all and it is rather considered as a spiritual sacrament. In light of this it is argued that Salvia divinorum could be better understood more positively as an entheogen rather than pejoratively as a hallucinogen.[6]

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