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Holli Sullivan replaces Connie Lawson as Indiana secretary of state

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Holli Sullivan will replace former Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who resigned from the post in February.

INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Tuesday Holli Sullivan would replace Connie Lawson as Indiana's new secretary of state. Lawson announced her resignation last month. She was the longest-serving secretary of state in Indiana history.

Lawson said she wanted to focus on her health and her family.

"Like many Hoosiers, 2020 took a toll on me," Lawson said at the time of her announcement. "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."

Prior to being sworn in as the new secretary of state on Tuesday, Sullivan was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 78. She has been in that role since 2014.

Sullivan had been serving as the budget subcommittee chair on the House Ways and Means Committee, overseeing Indiana's biennial budget. She was also the vice chair of the House Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee and is a member of the House's bipartisan women's caucus. Additionally, she is the vice chair of the Indiana Republican Party.

"I look forward to building on Indiana's record of free, fair, and secure elections to make sure every eligible voter can vote and every legal vote is counted," Sullivan said, thanking Lawson for her years of service to the state.

Lawson was sworn in as secretary of state back in 2012 when then-Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed her to the position. She was elected in 2014, then again in 2018, making her Indiana's longest-serving secretary of state in history.

"I have dedicated the last 32 years of my life to public service," Lawson said. "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."

Credit: Office of the Indiana Secretary of State
Secretary of State Connie Lawson, R-Ind.