Proven leader for Governor
Proud military mom
44th Superintendent of Public Instruction
Pledging to put Hoosiers first
Jennifer McCormick is a lifelong educator and Indiana native committed to building a state where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.
Growing up on a small family farm in New Castle, Indiana, Jennifer witnessed the opportunities and challenges facing Indiana. Her community was full of spirit and support, and the public school was the community’s front porch. Neighborhoods were filled with kids, and families had an opportunity to thrive. Yet, as good paying jobs left her community, she saw families, small businesses, schools, and local infrastructure suffer.
It was during these times that Jennifer also witnessed the resilience of Hoosiers. Her dad, an engineer by trade, and her mom, a retail store manager, instilled in Jennifer the importance of public service, empowering others, and excellence in hard work. It became evident that true public service required an approach of bringing all voices to the table, respecting others and ensuring no one was left behind.
Jennifer’s journey and passion for service led her to the classroom where she spent a decade as a special education and language arts teacher before becoming a public school principal and superintendent for nearly 15 years. As superintendent, she protected local control of school districts so that communities could make the best decisions for their own children.
In 2016, Jennifer successfully ran for state superintendent of public instruction to be a champion for Hoosier kids. She campaigned on empowering students, parents and educators, supporting and guiding schools, and delivering a high-quality public education to every child. As State Superintendent, she took on politics that were negatively impacting our schools and fought for what was right for kids, teachers, and parents. Jennifer demonstrated fiscal responsibility by using taxpayer dollars effectively and efficiently while managing over half of Indiana’s state budget.
Jennifer’s running for governor of Indiana because she’s tired of the supermajority’s focus on fringe issues that have nothing to do with the challenges everyday Hoosiers are facing. It’s time to stand up to elect a leader that puts Hoosiers first. She will bring common sense and bipartisanship back to the statehouse. Jennifer will stand up to policies that are dismantling public education, stripping Hoosiers of their rights and freedoms, and leaving rural communities behind.
Jennifer and her husband, Trent, have one son, a West Point graduate and a member of the United States Army. She earned her B.A. from Purdue, M.A. from Ball State and an Ed.S. and Ph.D. from Indiana State.