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Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson will resign from office

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Posted at 9:21 AM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 12:25:26-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Monday she will resign from office with less than two years left on her term.

Lawson will leave office after Gov. Eric Holcomb appoints a replacement.

“I have dedicated the last 32 years of my life to public service,” Lawson said in a statement. “I have served with all of my heart and soul. It has been an honor to serve, but it is time for me to step down.

"Like many Hoosiers, 2020 took a toll on me. I am resigning so I can focus on my health and my family. I will work with Governor Holcomb to ensure our next Secretary of State is up to the task and has the tools and resources to hit the ground running.”

Former Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed Lawson in March 2012 when Secretary of State Charlie White was removed from office after he was convicted on six felony counts, including perjury, theft and voter fraud.

Holcomb issued a statement praising Lawson.

“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," Holcomb said. "Throughout her time in county, legislative and statewide office, she set the standard for commitment, composure, class and credibility. No matter the year or issues of the day, citizens could bank on Connie Lawson leading the way and inspiring others to follow."

Lawson previously served in the Indiana Senate for 16 years and was the first woman selected as Majority Floor Leader in 2006.