Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced today she will be stepping down. Lawson has notified Governor Eric Holcomb and will submit a formal resignation once the governor selects her successor and that person is ready to serve. “I have dedicated the last 32 years of my life to public service,” said Lawson. “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.”
Lawson is the longest serving Secretary of State in Indiana history. She was first appointed to the role in March 2012 by then Governor Mitch Daniels, then successfully ran for election in 2014 and 2018. Prior to that, Lawson served in the Indiana Senate for sixteen years and made history in 2006 when she was selected as the first woman to serve as Majority Floor Leader in the Indiana Senate. Before joining the Indiana Senate, Lawson served as Clerk of the Hendricks County Circuit Court for eight years. During her tenure, she was named elections administrator of the year by the Indiana State Election Board and clerk of the year by the Indiana Clerk’s Association, both in 1993.