Governor, Lieutenant Governor
Republicans Gov. Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch
The governor is the state's chief executive officer. They can recommend legislation to the General Assembly, sign or veto legislation. They also have the ability to issue executive orders on matters important to the state.
They fill judicial vacancies in between election years, grant pardons, appoint and remove department heads, and decide which holidays the state offices will be closed for.
The governor also serves as the commander-in-chief of the state's armed forces.
Indiana's current governor is Eric Holcomb. He was elected in 2016, and is up for re-election in 2020.
The lieutenant governor is the second highest executive branch position. They also preside over the state senate, and cast deciding votes when required.
In addition to their duties with the state senate, the lieutenant governor has 26 other statutory duties, including serving as Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development; overseeing the offices of tourism, defense development, and small business and entrepreneurship; and acting as chairperson for Councils leading Tourism, Counterterrorism and Security, and Main Street.
If for some reason the current governor is incapacitated, the lieutenant governor will become the acting governor. If the current governor dies or resigns from office, the lieutenant governor will become governor.
Indiana's current lieutenant governor is Suzanne Crouch. She was elected in 2016, and is up for re-election in 2020.