By Adrianna Pitrelli
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana-themed decorations filled the grand ballroom at the JW Marriott Saturday to help kick off Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov.-elect Suzanne Crouch’s time in office.
Of the nearly 2,000 in attendance, some distinguished guests at the inaugural ball included former U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, State GOP Chairman Jeff Cardwell, U.S. Sen. Todd Young and House Speaker Brian Bosma.
More 2,000 guests attended Saturday night’s inaugural ball. Guests were thanked by Gov.-elect Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov.-elect Suzanne Crouch for their support during their 106 day campaign. Photo by Adrianna Pitrelli, TheStatehouseFile.com
The night started off with a warm welcome from Crouch, who gave much praise to Holcomb.
“He has been a driver of transformational initiatives that made Indiana the envy of the midwest,” Crouch said. “He is the hardest working person I know. He is prepared. I am convinced Eric Holcomb will take Indiana to the next level.”
Crouch said she was pleased to travel the state to campaign for Holcomb, not because he is a friend, but because she said she knew he was the best person to be the next governor of Indiana.
Holcomb then took the stage, saying he wanted the night to be full of fun, rather than politics.
“Few rules here. One, relax. You are not going to be subjected to another long winded political blow hard speech,” Holcomb said. “Tonight, I want you to party like it’s 1999 — or ’89 or ’79 or ’69 or like my parents over here 1959. I encourage you to revisit any decade you’d like.”
Later, all jokes aside, Holcomb took time to thank those who helped him during his short 106 day campaign.
“I want to say how thankful I am to lead this state — and lead we will. I am humbled, but I am also ready to rumble,” Holcomb said. “I am looking forward to the future. I know the best days are yet to come.”
The night continued with food, fun and dancing. While guests were enjoying the night, Holcomb made his way around the ballroom, in what he said were hopes of thanking everyone for their support.
Holcomb and Crouch will be sworn into office Monday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Adrianna Pitrelli is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.