Secretary of State
Connie Lawson is Indiana’s 61st Secretary of State. Since taking office, Connie has used her experience as a former State Senator, former County Clerk, and small-business owner to make the Secretary of State’s office as voter-friendly and business-friendly as possible. The Secretary of State’s office oversees four divisions: Elections, Business Services, Auto Dealer Services, and Securities.
After serving in the State Senate for sixteen years, chairing the Senate Elections Committee, and serving as Hendricks County Clerk for eight years, Connie understands the importance of election integrity. During the 2013 session, Connie worked with the Indiana General Assembly to pass election reforms that increased transparency and accountability in the election process.
In an effort to increase efficiency for Hoosier businesses, Connie and the Business Services division of her office are working to provide business owners with convenient, user-friendly resources online. In addition, the Auto Dealer Services division works closely with car dealers throughout the state to improve services and to provide Hoosiers with up-to-date information on licensed dealers.
Through the Securities division, Connie has made it a top priority to educate all Hoosiers on the importance of financial literacy. She has traveled to schools, senior citizen organizations and other community groups to educate Hoosiers on ways to be financially fit, to protect their financial identity and credit scores, and to avoid investment scams.
During her time as a State Senator, Connie fought to increase awareness of important health issues and was recognized for her work in 2012 with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mental Health Awareness of Indiana. She was Indiana’s first woman to serve as Majority Floor Leader in the State Senate and in 2013 was recognized by the Indiana Business Journal as a “Woman of Influence.”
As Hendricks County Clerk, the Indiana State Election Board named Connie “Elections Administrator of the Year” and the Indiana Clerk’s Association named her “Clerk of the Year.”
Connie continues to serve as a Precinct Committeeman in Hendricks County and has served in this capacity for over twenty-five years. She served as Vice Chair of the Hendricks County Republican Party for twelve years and received the Party’s “Ronald Reagan Legacy Award” in 2001.
Connie and her husband Jack live in Danville and have two children and six grandchildren.