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About

Meet Eric

Proven Leadership for Indiana

Hoosier. Husband. Navy veteran. Dog dad. Governor.

Eric Holcomb is Indiana’s 51st Governor, but you’re just as likely to find him on the basketball court (he’s made a basket in all of Indiana’s 92 counties) or at a local diner or gathering place (like the Cone Palace in Kokomo) as you are the Statehouse. Eric is laser-focused on fighting this pandemic and building One Indiana for All. That’s centered on growth, opportunity, and – as Eric says – is “people, people, people.”

For Eric, it’s about getting our economy Back on Track while protecting the health of Hoosiers. It’s about helping Hoosiers build the skills they need to land a good-paying job. It’s about helping Hoosiers rid themselves of a drug dependency, so they can lift up themselves and their families. And it’s about keeping Indiana the fiscal envy of the nation and delivering great government service at a great taxpayer value.

It’s about building One Indiana for All.

Fun Fact #1

Eric collects presidential signatures, and now has documents signed by every president!

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Fun Fact #2

Eric has a miniature schnauzer named Henry. He is known as the "First Dog of Indiana."

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Fun Fact #3

Eric is a veteran of the United States Navy and was stationed both domestically and overseas.

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Delivering Results for Hoosiers.

  • Coordinating data-driven statewide response to COVID-19 pandemic

  • Deployed 200+ COVID-19 testing sites statewide

  • Implementing Back on Track Plan to jumpstart Indiana’s economy

  • 100,000+ new job commitments since 2017 and record average wage of $28.60/hour for new jobs in 2019

  • Lowest personal income tax rate in the Midwest

  • Top business climate in the Midwest

  • Building workforce training that’s easy to access and meets demands for high-wage jobs

  • Drug overdose deaths declined by 13%

  • Fully-funded 20+ year road and bridges program

Eric’s History

Eric was elected Indiana’s 51st governor in 2016 after a whirlwind 106-day campaign. But he’s definitely not new to working for Hoosiers.

Whether it’s his service to Hoosiers alongside Governor Mitch Daniels, Senator Dan Coats, or Governor Mike Pence (now our Vice President!), Eric has earned a reputation as a consensus-builder.

While working with Governor Daniels – from serving as his deputy chief of staff or managing Daniels’ 2008 landslide election win – Eric traveled across Indiana to advance major initiatives that have helped Indiana reach its success today. From capping property taxes to major infrastructure investments through Major Moves, Eric was helping lead the charge.

While working alongside Senator Dan Coats as his state chief of staff, Eric was a main point-of-contact for Hoosiers, state legislators, and local elected officials – making sure they each had a voice in Washington.

And while serving as lieutenant governor under Governor Mike Pence, Eric worked on critical issues facing Indiana – including rural development, agriculture, counter-terrorism, and housing.

Eric’s career has been dedicated to making Indiana the best place in the nation to live, work, play, and stay. And now as your governor, he’s delivering results for Hoosiers.

Eric is the former chairman of the Indiana Republican Party, and is a graduate of Pike High School in Indianapolis and Hanover College in Southern Indiana (where he majored in U.S. history). As a bit of a history buff, Eric wrote a book, “Leading the Revolution,” about Mitch Daniels’ approach to campaigning and governing, and he’s an avid collector of presidential signatures (now owning documents signed by every president!).

Eric is a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Indianapolis WWII Round Table, the American Legion, Post 777; and is a board member of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.

He and his wife, First Lady Janet Holcomb, and their dog, First Dog Henry Holcomb, live in the Governor’s Residence in Indianapolis.