Gregg chooses Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson as running mate

Gregg revealed his selection for lieutenant governor at the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday morning.


Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg announced he has chosen Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson as his running mate for Indiana governor. 

Gregg revealed his selection for lieutenant governor at the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday morning.

“I am honored and humbled that my friend, an outstanding Hoosier, has agreed to join me in this race – a race where we’re focused on growing good-paying jobs and boosting Indiana’s economy,” said Gregg.  “Vi has served her community and her state so well, and there is no doubt she is the best person for this job.  She is prepared and ready to take on leadership at the highest level of state government.”

Simpson, D-Ellettsville, has served with the Senate since 1984, and she was elected Democrat Leader by the Senate Democrat Caucus in 2008. 

The senator also serves on the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee and on that panel’s Public Health Subcommittee. 

“Vi’s experience in the legislature, in business advocacy and in local government, make her the perfect fit for our team,” said Gregg.  “She has a vast knowledge of the state’s budget, tax structure and economic development programs, and she has been a leader in forcing the current administration to own up to their numerous financial gaffes.”

The news follows Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence’s announcement.  Monday, Pence introduced Sue Ellspermann, a Republican from District 74, as his running mate at her hometown of Ferdinand, Ind.

Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker issued the following statement Gregg’s announcement:

“This ticket sends the clear message that experience matters.

“Over the past eight years, we’ve lost thousands of jobs, watched our working dollar lose value, and had assaults on public education, women and working families. We need tested leaders – experienced leaders who understand Indiana government and are committed to Indiana first to get our state and our economy back on track; not those focused on the next election for the White House.

“Vi Simpson is a dedicated Hoosier public servant with a passion for serving our state, and she has long been a champion for Indiana’s middle class, women and families.

“Starting on her first day in office, Senator Simpson will apply her invaluable experience working through the difficult state budget process and overseeing tax dollars to a state government that’s lost track of and misspent our money during difficult economic times.

“I’m confident that John and Vi will run a winning campaign that talks directly to Hoosiers about our problems and the issues we most need to solve at the Statehouse.”

Featured Stories

CTnow is using Facebook comments on stories. To comment on articles, sign into Facebook and enter your comment in the field below. Comments will appear in your Facebook News Feed unless you choose otherwise. To report spam or abuse, click the X next to the comment. For guidelines on commenting, click here.