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Connie Lawson to Resign as Indiana Secretary of State

Lawson says that she is resigning to focus on health and family.

Posted: Feb 15, 2021 8:32 AM
Updated: Feb 15, 2021 9:54 AM

Indiana's longest-serving Secretary of State will resign in 2021.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson on Monday announced that she will step down from her office.

"Like many Hoosiers, 2020 took a toll on me. I am resigning so I can focus on my health and my family," said Lawson in a statement.

She will submit a formal resignation once Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has selected her successor and that person is ready to take office.

Lawson was first appointed Secretary of State in March of 2012 by then-Governor Mitch Daniels.

She ran for election for the office in 2014 and 2018, re-elected both times.

Lawson is the chief election officer for the state, overseeing elections security over the last 9 years.  She also helped champion INBiz, which is an online portal to help Hoosier businesses with registration, filing, reporting, and making payments across state agencies.

“Indiana’s own Iron Lady, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, has long defined what true public service and leadership is and ought to be all about," said Gov. Holcomb in a statement following Lawson's Monday announcement. "While she’ll no longer be just down the hall from my Statehouse office, I know that she will continue to be a trusted advisor and great friend."

No timetable has been set yet on when Gov. Holcomb will select Lawson's successor.

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