Lt. Gov. Skillman to speak at Chamber’s 71st meeting
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman of Bedford will address the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County’s 71st annual meeting on March 3. The meeting will be held at Caesars Indiana’s Colosseum at Bridgeport.
Skillman officially answered the call to public service at a young age, 25, when voters elected her the Lawrence County recorder. Eight years later, she was elected county clerk. While serving in county government, she was elected president of the Association of Indiana Counties. In that role, Skillman traveled the state and represented county officials before the Indiana General Assembly in Indianapolis.
In 1992, Hoosiers in five Southern Indiana counties elected Skillman to represent them in the Indiana Senate. Skillman set to work on issues confronting Indiana and led the charge to include the state’s small towns and rural communities in its economic development plans. She authored plans for development in distressed counties and revitalization of downtown areas. She fought to include funding in the state’s budget for rural development initiatives.
Skillman quickly rose through the ranks in the Indiana Senate, becoming the first woman elected to Senate Republican leadership. She held the third highest position in the Senate as Majority Caucus Chair, when Gov. Mitch Daniels asked her to become his running mate.
Many people inside and outside of the State Capitol have taken notice of Skillman’s work. In 1995, the Small Business Council gave Skillman its ‘Champion of Small Business’ award. The Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging named Skillman the Outstanding Elected Official of 2000. In 2002, the Indiana Library Federation named Skillman its ‘Legislator of the Year.’ In 2003, the Indiana Rural Health Association gave Skillman its ‘Distinguished Public Policy Award.’
Skillman’s work extends beyond the state capitol. She feels very strongly about encouraging Hoosier women to consider public service. She is an Honorary Governor of the Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series and served as the Senate advisor to Hoosier Girls’ State.
Becky Skillman and her husband, Stephen, have a son, Aaron.
Invitations to the meeting will be sent to all Chamber members. For more information, contact Sarah Turpin at 738-2137.