About Erin Houchin

Erin Houchin and Family

Erin Houchin is the conservative candidate. A pro-life conservative, Erin has the values, and the energy, experience and passion to fight for Southern Indiana.

In 2014, voters in six counties elected Erin to represent them in the Indiana State Senate. By defeating a powerful 26-year incumbent who had served as Senate Democratic Leader, Erin proved she can win tough races and gained immediate credibility allowing her to move quickly to establish herself as an able and credible conservative who could get things done for her constituents.

In the State Senate, Erin’s priorities are creating good-paying jobs by supporting small businesses and keeping taxes low and for better educational opportunities for our children by investing in education and empowering parents. In 2015, Erin helped create a balanced budget for Indiana without tax increases and was a vocal advocate for adding a Balanced Budget Amendment to our state Constitution.

Erin has a 100 percent voting record with Right to Life and was endorsed by Indiana Right to Life and the National Rifle Association in her 2014 campaign.

Erin earned praise from the Indiana Manufacturers Association’s (IMA) and received a perfect score on their legislative vote analysis, which ranks lawmakers based on their votes on measures that protect manufacturing jobs, including voting for sales and income tax relief, repeal of the Common Construction Wage and a reform of the unemployment insurance system.

For her efforts to increase and expand internet broadband accessibility to communities throughout Indiana, Erin was named “Legislator of the Year” in 2015 by the Indiana Broadband and Technology Association.

To combat human trafficking, Erin successfully authored legislation giving law enforcement officials additional tools to prosecute individuals and businesses engaged in human commercial sexual exploitation and prostitution. Governor Mike Pence signed Erin’s legislation into law in May 2015.

Earlier this year Houchin was named to the 2015 GOPAC Class of Emerging Leaders, the Republican Party’s premier center for educating and electing a new generation of Republican leaders.

Prior to serving in the State Senate, Houchin served as Southeast Indiana Regional Director for Senator Dan Coats and was a Governor’s appointee to the Indiana Commission for Women.

Erin received her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and holds a Master’s degree in Political Management from The George Washington University, where she graduated with honors. Erin is a 2007 graduate of the Indiana Leadership Forum (ILF), and was elected President of her class. In 2009, she was presented with the ILF Founder’s Award for achievements in politics. In 2008, Erin was one of 50 women from throughout the world selected to attend the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. She is also a graduate of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.

Before beginning public service, Erin worked for the safety and success of children in her roles for the Indiana Department of Child Services, the Community Alliance Promoting Education, New Hope Services, and as a trainer for Prevent Child Abuse Indiana.

She is a member of Mount Tabor Christian Church, where she leads summer worship and teaches 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school.

Erin has a long history of grassroots involvement in the Indiana Republican Party and has worked to support conservative candidates and the local, state and national level, including serving as County Coordinator for Governor Mitch Daniels. To help elect conservatives, Erin developed a curriculum that she offers at no charge several times a year to help train candidates to run for public office. In addition, she has provided training on grassroots organization for the Indiana Leadership Forum and the Indiana Republican Party.

Erin and her husband, Dustin, live in Salem with their three children, Claire, Elaine, and Graham.


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