Indiana will soon have a new secretary of state after Connie Lawson announced Monday she is resigning her post.
Lawson, who is 71, said she’s stepping down to focus on her health and her family. In a statement, the Republican said, "Like many Hoosiers, 2020 took a toll on me."
Lawson is the longest-serving secretary of state in Indiana’s history. That’s because she was appointed to the role by Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2012 after then-Secretary Charlie White was convicted of voter fraud. She was then reelected in 2014 and 2018.
Gov. Eric Holcomb will appoint a replacement. Lawson said she’ll officially step down once her successor has been identified. That person will serve out the rest of her term through the end of next year.
Holcomb said in a statement he was fortunate to have served with Connie 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 in a statement. "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."
Hoosiers will elect a new secretary of state in the 2022 general election. Lawson, term-limited, would not have been able to run again.