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Holcomb won’t be ‘politically active’ until after legislative session

By Brandon Smith, IPB News | Published on in Government, Politics
Gov. Eric Holcomb said he won't be "politically active" until after the 2023 legislative session. That includes endorsements and potential announcements about his own political future. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Gov. Eric Holcomb isn’t making any endorsements in the 2024 governor’s race – for now.

He said he’s holding off on any explicitly political activity until after the upcoming legislative session.

“This is, you know, my last budget and the priorities in it are very important and they’re going to have a long-lasting effect and impact on whoever my successor ends up being,” Holcomb said. “And I want to make sure we stick the landing.”

Holcomb is term-limited from running for governor, but Indiana will now have an open U.S. Senate seat. Major Republican figures – including U.S. Reps. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) and Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville) – have already indicated they’ll announce their intentions after the holidays.

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There’s speculation Holcomb could join that race. But he said his pledge to focus on the legislative session includes avoiding any potential announcements about his own future.

“I’m gonna do the job I got, at the expense of no other decision,” Holcomb said.

Holcomb said he’s comfortable with that choice and even finds it “liberating.”

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.