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Suzanne Crouch

Suzanne Crouch
56th Auditor of Indiana
Assumed office
January 2, 2014
Governor Mike Pence
Preceded by Dwayne Sawyer
Member of the Indiana House of Representatives
from the 78th district
In office
October 26, 2005 – January 2, 2014
Preceded by Vaneta Becker
Succeeded by Holli Sullivan
Personal details
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Larry
Children 1
Alma mater Purdue University, West Lafayette

Suzanne Crouch is an American Republican Party politician who is currently the 56th state Auditor of Indiana.

A member of the Republican Party, Crouch formerly served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2005 to 2014. On December 15, 2013, was appointed by Governor Mike Pence to serve as the 56th State Auditor of Indiana, after the resignation and brief tenure of former State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer.[1] Crouch was reelected to that position in 2014.


  • Early life 1
  • Vanderburgh County Auditor 2
  • Vanderburgh County Commissioner 3
  • Indiana State Representative 4
  • Indiana State Auditor 5
  • Drug policy 6
    • Salvia divinorum 6.1
    • Alcohol 6.2
  • Notes 7
  • Citations 8
  • References 9
    • News references 9.1
  • External links 10

Early life

Crouch graduated from Mater Dei High School in Evansville and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, majoring in political science. Prior to her service in local government, Suzanne served as Vanderburgh County Republican Central Committee Chairman for 4 years. Under her chairmanship, a majority of Republicans were elected to County Council, the first time in 60 years that Republicans controlled that body.

Vanderburgh County Auditor

Crouch was elected Vanderburgh County Auditor in 1994. During her two terms as Auditor, she established a reputation of fighting for government efficiency, responsiveness, accountability and accessibility. As Auditor, her office received, for the first time in decades, a clean bill of health every year from the State Board of Accounts.

Vanderburgh County Commissioner

In 2002, Suzanne was elected to the Vanderburgh County Board of Commissioners and served as President until the end of her term in 2005. She worked to televise weekly Commission meetings and by holding public hearings to seek the public's input on important issues. While serving as president, the Commissioners, for the first time ever, applied and received federal transportation dollars for a local road project.

Indiana State Representative

In 2005 the district 78 seat for state representative was vacated by Vaneta Becker, who had moved to the State Senate to fill the vacated seat of Greg Server. House District 78 contains parts of Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. Portions of Evansville, as well as Newburgh, Richland, Hatfield, Darmstadt and McCutchanville are within the borders of the district. Crouch was elected to fill the position in a caucus by precinct committeemen. She was appointed Vice Chairman of Public Health Committee in the state legislature. Crouch was challenged in the 2006 republican primary by conservative activist Jonathan Fulton but easily defeated him winning 63% of the vote.

Indiana State Auditor

After the resignation of Indiana State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer in 2013, Crouch was appointed to fill the position.[1] In 2014, after the completion of Sawyer's term, the Republican Party of Indiana officially nominated Crouch to stand in that year's elections. On November 4, Crouch was elected with a 23 percent margin against Democratic Party candidate Mike Claytor, winning 59.6 percent of the vote[2]

Drug policy

Salvia divinorum

Crouch was proposed a bill that would have declared the psychoactive herb Salvia divinorum a Schedule 1 controlled substance.[3]


Alcohol related financial contributions featured highly for Representative Suzanne Crouch's 2006 political campaign. According to the National Institute on Money in State Politics, 'Beer, Wine & Liquor' was her eighth highest industry contributor.[4]


  1. ^ The worldwide number of alcohol-related deaths is calculated at over 2,000 people per day,[5] in the US the number is over 300 deaths per day.[6]
  2. ^ Those advocating consideration of Salvia divinorum's potential for beneficial use in a modern context argue that more could be learned from Mazatec culture, where Salvia is not really associated with notions of drug taking at all and it is rather considered as a spiritual sacrament. In light of this it is argued that Salvia divinorum could be better understood more positively as an entheogen rather than pejoratively as a hallucinogen.[7]


  1. ^ a b Brandon Smith (December 16, 2013). "Suzanne Crouch Named Third State Auditor In Five Months". 
  2. ^ Indiana Secretary of State. "Election Results: Auditor of State". 
  3. ^ Corbin 2008-01-13 (US Media).
  4. ^ MiSP 2006.
  5. ^ Lopez 2005, Table 2.
  6. ^ NIAAA 2001.
  7. ^ Blosser (Mazatec Lessons).


  • Blosser, Brett. "Lessons in The Use of Mazatec Psychoactive Plants". The Salvia divinorum Research and Information Center. Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  • Lopez, Alan D (April 2005). "The evolution of the Global Burden of Disease framework for disease, injury and risk factor quantification: developing the evidence base for national, regional and global public health action". Globalization and Health (BioMed Central Ltd) 1 (5): 5.   - Table 2. Global burden of disease and injury attributable to selected risk factors, 1990.
  • MiSP (2006). "Follow the Money". database search. The National Institute on Money in State Politics. Retrieved 2007-10-16. 
  • NIAAA (August 2001). "Number of deaths and age-adjusted death rates per 100,000 population for categories of alcohol-related (A-R) mortality, United States and States, 1979-96.". Database Resources / Statistical Tables. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
  • Nutt, David; King, Leslie; Saulsbury, William; Blakemore, Colin (March 2007). "Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse". The Lancet 369 (9566): 1047–1053.  
  • Siebert, Daniel. "The Legal Status of Salvia divinorum". The Salvia divinorum Research and Information Center. Retrieved 2007-03-04. 

News references

  • editorial (2008-01-15). "Bill would make mind-altering plant illegal". Evansville Courier and Press. 
  • Corbin, Bryan (2008-01-13). "Crouch targets hallucinogenic drug". Evansville Courier and Press. 
  • Wallace, Todd (2007-11-26). "Indiana's Legal High: Teens Turned On To Powerful Drug". Indianapolis News (6News) (  (story includes online poll).

External links

  • State Representative Suzanne Crouch official Indiana State Legislature site
  • Profile at Project Vote Smart
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