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Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch

Proud to have been born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, Suzanne previously served as Indiana’s State Auditor since January of 2014.

Before becoming Auditor, she served as the State Representative for House District 78 which encompasses parts of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. She was elected to the seat in 2005, and served as the Vice Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and on the Public Health Committee. Throughout her years of public service, Suzanne has been focused and committed to programs and services for people with disabilities.

Prior to serving in the House of Representatives, Suzanne spent eight years as Auditor of Vanderburgh County. During that time, her office received its first clean bill of health in decades from the State Board of Accounts. She then went on to serve as a Vanderburgh County Commissioner until joining the Indiana House of Representatives. She presided as president of that body during her third year in office.

As a public servant, Suzanne has received the following awards and recognitions:

  • Trine University Woman of Distinction (2021);
  • Indianapolis Business Journal Woman of Influence (2021);
  • Purdue University College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumna (2018);
  • Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF) Lifetime Achievement Award (2015)
  • Arc of Indiana Public Policy Award (2012);
  • National Coalition of Capital Champion of Small Business Award (2012); and
  • Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF) Legislator of the Year (2011).

Constitutionally, as lieutenant governor, Suzanne serves as the President of the Indiana Senate.

Statutorily, the Lt. Governor oversees a portfolio that includes the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), and Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC).

Additionally, she chairs the Lieutenant Governor’s Roundtable on Mental Health, the Intellectual and Development Disabilities Task Force and the Civics Education Commission.

Other initiatives she and her office oversee includes the Next Level Connections Broadband Grant Program, the Golden Hoosier Award, Hoosier Women Artists and Brilliant Firefly.

Suzanne graduated from Mater Dei High School in Evansville. She then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University, majoring in Political Science. She is married to Larry Downs and together they have a grown daughter, Courtney.