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also known as Rebecca Sue Skillman

Becky Skillman, Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, former state legislator. Named Legislator of Year, Indiana Library Foundation, 2002, Outstanding Elected Official of 2000, Indiana Association Area Agencies; recipient Champion of Small Business award, Small Business Council, 1995, Distinguished Public Policy award, Indiana Rural Health Policy Council, 2003.

Background

Skillman, Becky Sue was born on September 26, 1950 in Bedford, Indiana, United States. Daughter of Jack Delmar and Catherine Louise (Flinn) Foddrill.

Education

Indiana Wesleyan University.

Career

She was sworn in on January 10, 2005. Skillman is a native of Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana. An alumna of Indiana Wesleyan University, she began her career in politics in 1977 when she was elected to the office of Lawrence County Recorder.

Eight years later she was elected as County Clerk. Skillman served as President of the Association of Indiana Counties. In 1992, after 16 years as an elected official in Lawrence County, Skillman was elected to the Indiana State Senate, where she represented Lawrence, Monroe, Jackson, Washington, and Orange Counties.

Rising quickly through the leadership, she became Majority Caucus Chair, the first woman in history to serve in the Senate Republican leadership. During her 12 years in the Senate, she led the charge to include the state's small towns and rural communities in its economic development agenda. There, she authored plans for development in distressed counties and for the revitalization of downtown areas.

Mitch Daniels selected Skillman to be his running mate during the 2004 election. The ticket was elected over incumbent Governor Joe Kernan and incumbent Lieutenant Governor Kathy Davis and she took office in January. As Indiana's 49th Lt.

Governor, Skillman held more legal duties than any other Lt. Governor in the country. Upon taking office in 2005, Skillman also served as the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development under the state's Department of Agriculture and Office of Community Rural Affairs.

She managed five state agencies in total, and administered more than $1 billion in programs. Other agencies under Skillman's direction as Lt. Governor included the Office of Energy Development, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, and the Office of Tourism Development.

Additionally, she chaired the state's Counter Terrorism and Security Council,the intergovernmental entity responsible for homeland security, and served as President of the Indiana Senate. Skillman was also responsible for shepherding Governor Mitch Daniels's Administration's legislative agenda through the Indiana General Assembly and served as President of the Senate. Skillman currently serves as President/CEO of , an eight-county economic development corporation in South Central Indiana, where she assumed her duties in February 2013.

She continues to serve as the co-chair of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, with former U.S. Congressman Lee Hamilton. Skillman had considered a run for Indiana Governor in 2012 but announced she would not due to a minor medical condition.

Religion

Skillman is a member of the Church of Christ.

Membership

Co-director Lawrence County Young Representatives, 1973—1978. Co-chairman State Young Representatives Convention, 1975, 1977. Vice chairman Lawrence County Republican Central Committee.

Connections

Married Stephen E. Skillman, 1969. 1 child Aaron.