Suzanne Crouch

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Suzanne Crouch
56th Auditor of Indiana
Assumed office
January 2, 2014
Governor Mike Pence
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 1
Alma mater Purdue University, West Lafayette

Suzanne Crouch is an American Republican Party politician who currently serves as the 56th state Auditor of Indiana and is running for Lieutenant Governor of Indiana with the state's current Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb.

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. Crouch was reelected to that position in 2014. She is the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Indiana in the 2016 gubernatorial election.

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.

County Government[edit]

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.

Indiana State Auditor[edit]

After the resignation of Indiana State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer in 2013, Crouch was appointed to fill the position.[1] In 2014, after the completion of Sawyer's term, the Republican Party of Indiana officially nominated Crouch to stand in that year's elections. On November 4, Crouch was elected with a 23 percent margin against Democratic Party candidate Mike Claytor, winning 59.6 percent of the vote[2]

Campaign for lieutenant governor[edit]

After Mike Pence, the Governor of Indiana, was named Donald Trump's running mate in the 2016 presidential election, Pence had to withdraw from the gubernatorial election. Eric Holcomb, the Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, was chosen as the Republican Party's new nominee for Governor, and Crouch was chosen as its nominee for Lieutenant Governor.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

Indiana State House of Representatives 78th District Republican Primary Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Suzanne Crouch (inc.) 4,032 62.68
Republican Jonathan "Jon" Fulton 2,401 37.32
Indiana State House of Representatives 78th District Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Suzanne Crouch (inc.) 21,300 100.00
Indiana State House of Representatives 78th District Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Suzanne Crouch (inc.) 26,510 70.27
Democratic James Pete Rapp 11,214 29.73
Indiana State House of Representatives 78th District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Suzanne Crouch (inc.) 20,866 75.99
Democratic Steven Smith 6,594 24.01
Indiana State House of Representatives 78th District Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Suzanne Crouch (inc.) 21,991 100.00
Indiana Auditor Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Suzanne Crouch 793,633 59.62
Democratic Michael Claytor 479,109 35.99
Libertarian John Schick 58,332 4.38

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]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Brandon Smith (December 16, 2013). "Suzanne Crouch Named Third State Auditor In Five Months". indianapublicmedia.org. 
  2. ^ Indiana Secretary of State. "Election Results: Auditor of State". 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Lopez 2005, Table 2.
  5. ^ NIAAA 2001.
  6. ^ Blosser (Mazatec Lessons).

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