INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon to discuss his transition into the governor’s mansion. His victory extends his party’s 12-year hold on the state’s top office.
During the press conference, he announced the creation of a new transition board leading up to the inauguration. He praised the “diverse and talented team” that will take Indiana to the “next level.” He also said the government will reach out to every corner of the state.
Holcomb defeated Democrat John Gregg despite the fact that just weeks ago polls had him down by double-digits.
Holcomb said his first phone call last night was to Governor Mike Pence, and he also spoke with President-elect Donald trump as well.
Holcomb was little known around the state when he became the Republican candidate in July after Gov. Mike Pence was picked as Donald Trump’s running mate.
Holcomb, who has never been elected to public office, is a former state Republican chairman and was appointed lieutenant governor in March.