Holcomb to name new secretary of state

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Tuesday afternoon will announce a successor to long-serving Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who is stepping down after a decade in office.

Holcomb will announce his choice to succeed Lawson during a virtual news conference at 2:30 p.m. ET. The announcement will be livestreamed and may be viewed here.

Lawson, 71, the longest-serving Secretary of State in Indiana history, announced last month that she would resign when Holcomb “selects a successor and the successor is ready to serve.”

“Like many Hoosiers, 2020 took a toll on me,” Lawson said in announcing her resignation. “I am resigning so I can focus on my health and my family.”

Appointed secretary of state by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels in March 2012, Lawson was elected in 2014 and 2018.

Her tenure in statewide elected office capped nearly 35 years as an elected public servant. Before becoming secretary of state, Lawson served in the Indiana Senate for 16 years. Before her time in the Statehouse, Lawson served as clerk of the Hendricks Circuit Court for eight years.

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