INDIANAPOLIS | The commission organizing events and celebrations marking the state's 200th anniversary has named First Lady Karen Pence Indiana's Bicentennial Ambassador.
The Indiana Bicentennial Commission has tasked the wife of Gov. Mike Pence with highlighting and promoting communities and organizations across the state leading up to the 2016 bicentennial year.
"I am honored that the Bicentennial Commission has asked me to play a role in this important and historic moment in the life of our state," Karen Pence said.
The commission, led by former Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton, said Karen Pence was a "natural fit" for the bicentennial celebration team.
"As a Hoosier native, educator and artist, she will be a huge asset to the bicentennial planning," Skillman and Hamilton said in a statement. "We appreciate her willingness to be involved and we look forward to working with her."
The commission has set a goal of celebrating Indiana's 200 years as a state in a way that engages all Hoosiers and leaves a lasting legacy to future generations.
Vehicles across Indiana have begun sporting a new license plate design celebrating the bicentennial. At the same time, unspoiled land throughout the state is in the process of being set aside for the Bicentennial Nature Trust.
Indiana became a state on Dec. 11, 1816. It was the 19th state to join the union.