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Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb is the Republican  candidate for governor. 

The Republican State Committee chose Holcomb over 4th District Congressman Todd Rokita, 5th District Congresswoman Susan Brooks and State Senator Jim Tomes, of Posey County.

The 22-member state committee convened at 10 a.m. Tuesday to fill the ballot vacancy created when Governor Mike Pence withdrew to be Donald Trump's running mate.

A little after 1 p.m., Republican party leaders announced Holcomb will top the statewide ticket.

City of Frankfort

Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes says he’ll consider running for Indiana’s 4th District congressional seat if incumbent Todd Rokita wins the Republican nod to replace Governor Mike Pence on the ballot.

McBarnes, who’s just a couple years older than the 25-year-old minimum to run for the U.S. House, says he’s discussed the possibility with his wife, but adds he’d have to decide whether he could make more change in Congress than he can in Clinton County.

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The Indiana Republican Party will choose its replacement for Mike Pence on the gubernatorial ticket in a little more than a week. 

Once Mike Pence withdrew his name from the ballot so he could run on Donald Trump’s ticket, three key figures in Indiana politics wasted no time formally announcing their intention to seek the GOP nomination for governor.

Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb and U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita pulled their names from their own races within hours. 

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Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb and U.S. Representatives Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita have thrown their names in to replace Mike Pence on the gubernatorial ballot.

With Pence withdrawing his name from the ballot for governor, the dominos began to fall.

First in line was Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb – he cites his experience in the state as the reason he should be the GOP’s new gubernatorial nominee. That includes working for former Governor Mitch Daniels.

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Governor Mike Pence got his chance Tuesday to sound vice presidential for Donald Trump as the Republican presidential candidate’s decision on a running mate approaches.

The two met in Indianapolis earlier in the day, prior to a private fundraiser.

Pence was effusive in his praise for Trump at the Republican presidential hopeful’s rally in Westfield.

Pence declared to a crowd of more than a thousand that Trump “gets it” and hears the voice of Americans.

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Representative Todd Rokita (R-4th) defended his proposed change to school lunch funding at Wednesday’s State Board of Education Meeting as a way to save the federal government money.

Today, schools can give everyone free lunch if four out of 10 students qualify for it. Supporters of that law say it can take more money to determine who qualifies for free lunch than it does to make lunch free for everyone.

Rokita has proposed a law to limit the number of schools that can offer the program.

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Indiana Fourth District U.S. Representative Todd Rokita says the federal highway bill recently passed by Congress provides reliability in funding and eliminates stress for states and contractors as they plan to upgrade and maintain roads.

 

 The bill provides five years of funding with more than $5 billion for Indiana.

 Rokita, a member of the House Transportation Committee, says the federal highway bill is paid for without gimmicks, relying mostly on the gasoline tax, with some alternative revenue streams that include funds from the Federal Reserve. 

Indiana Republican Party

Indiana Republican leaders are mostly staying out of the free-for-all GOP primary for president -- at least for now.

Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann is Carly Fiorina's state co-chair, and Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) has endorsed Marco Rubio (R-FL). But the rest of Indiana's top Republicans are so far keeping a low profile.

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Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) predicts the chaos surrounding the election of a new House speaker will benefit Congress in the long run.

The government runs out of spending authority December 11 and is also approaching its debt ceiling, but Rokita notes outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has said he'll stay on the job until a replacement is chosen.

U.S. House of Representatives

Indiana's Republican members of Congress issued mostly brief and respectful statements Friday about the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, even though one had battled with Boehner in the past.

“There’s no doubt the Speaker presided over a difficult time in our nation’s history," reads a statement by Rep. Larry Buschon (R-8th), for whom Boehner had hosted fundraisers in the past.

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-4th), another longtime ally of Boehner, issued a terse statement thanking the outgoing House Speaker for his service.

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