Connie Lawson

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Connie Lawson
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Indiana Secretary of State
In office
March 16, 2012-present
Term ends
Years in position 3
PredecessorCharlie White (R)
Base salary$76,892
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$577,198
AppointedMarch 16, 2012
Appointed byGovernor Mitch Daniels
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Indiana State Senate District 24
High schoolDanville High School (1967)
Date of birthApril 20, 1949
Place of birthIndianapolis, Indiana
ProfessionOwner & Secretary/Treasurer, Lawson & Company; Auctioneers and Real Estate Professionals
Office website
Connie Lawson (b. April 20, 1949, in Indianapolis, Indiana) is the current Republican Secretary of State of Indiana. She was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels in March 2012 to succeed expelled former officeholder Charlie White.[1]

At the time of her appointment to the state executive office, Lawson was serving as Majority Floor Leader of the Indiana State Senate, representing District 24.[2] During her last legislative session, she was assigned to the Appropriations Elections, Joint Rules, Local Government and Rules and Legislative Procedure committees.

Lawson has been an active member of the Republican party since before becoming a state government official. Her leadership roles have included Precinct Committee Person for the Hendricks County Republican Central Committee and Vice-Chair of the Hendricks County Republican Party.[3]

Her professional background is in real estate and business. She was the co-owner and Secretary/Treasurer for Lawson Brothers Auctioneers.

On April 13, 2012, about one month after she was tapped to serve out the remainder of White's unexpired term, Lawson announced her intention to run for a full term as secretary of state in the 2014.[4] She secured the Republican nomination at the primary convention in June 2014, and faced Democrat Beth White and Libertarian Karl Tatgenhorst in the November 4 general election. Connie Lawson won the general election on November 4, 2014.[5]


Lawson attended Darden School of Legislative Leadership. She went on to receive her Diploma from the Association of Indiana Counties in 1995. She then attended the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development in 1998.

Lawson was the co-owner and Secretary/Treasurer for Lawson Brothers Auctioneers from 1971 to 1980. She worked in a Real Estate Office as a Closing Agent/Office Manager from 1970 to 1988. She then worked as a Clerk for the Abstract and Title Guaranty Company from 1986 to 1988. She was also Circuit Court Clerk for Hendricks County from 1989 to 1996.[3]


  • Danville High School (1967)
  • Bowhay Institute of Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD)
  • Council of State Government Toll Fellow
  • Darden School of Legislative Leadership

Political career

Indiana Secretary of State (2012-present)

On March 16, 2012, Governor Daniels appointed Lawson to the post of Indiana Secretary of State. She will serve out former officeholder and convicted felon Charlie White's unexpired term, after which she intends to seek election to a full term in 2014.[2]

Indiana State Senate (1996-2012)

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lawson served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lawson served on these committees:

Elections and Appointments


See also: Indiana secretary of state election, 2014

Lawson ran for election to a full term as Indiana Secretary of State in 2014.[4] She secured the Republican nomination at the primary convention on June 3, 2014, and faced Democrat Beth White and Libertarian Karl Tatgenhorst in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Secretary of state of Indiana, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngConnie Lawson Incumbent 57.1% 762,223
     Democratic Beth White 39.5% 527,379
     Libertarian Karl Tatgenhorst 3.4% 45,393
Total Votes 1,334,995
Election Results via Indiana Secretary of State.

Race background

Dueling claims of election law violations

Connie Lawson (R) and Beth White (D) stirred attention in an otherwise quiet race by trading claims of election law violations. White kicked off the feud with charges that Lawson was challenging absentee ballots by voters on the inactive list in two counties.[6] The inactive list kept track of voters who may not have updated information or voted in recent elections. The secretary's office listed 696,407 registered voters as inactive in August and an outreach effort to update addresses only yielded 47,493 responses.[7] White claimed that Lawson used the lists as a pretense for disenfranchising voters.[6]

State Republican Party chairman Tim Berry countered that there had no been official challenges to inactive voter ballots as of October 23. Lawson supporters also leveled criticism at White for distributing campaign mailers without disclaimers required by state law. White stated that the printer made an error with the original document and the campaign subsequently stopped distributions of the mailers.[8]


Sen. Lawson was appointed to the office of Secretary of State by Gov. Mitch Daniels on March 16, 2012. Her appointment filled the vacancy left by former secretary Charlie White, who was forced to relinquish his seat after a Hamilton County jury convicted him of six felonies, including voter fraud and perjury.[1]


On November 4, 2008, Republican Connie Lawson won re-election to the Indiana State Senate District 24. She ran unopposed receiving 53,188 votes.[9]

Indiana State Senate, District 24 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Connie Lawson (R) 53,188

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lawson is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Lawson raised a total of $577,198 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 10, 2013.[10]

Connie Lawson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Indiana Secretary of State Not up for election $194,890
2012 Indiana State Senate District 24 Not up for election $36,325
2010 Indiana State Senate District 24 Not up for election $29,200
2008 Indiana State Senate District 24 Won $132,062
2006 Indiana State Senate District 24 Not up for election $30,000
2004 Indiana State Senate District 24 Won $32,103
2002 Indiana State Senate District 24 Not up for election $12,874
2000 Indiana State Senate District 24 Won $40,234
1998 Indiana State Senate District 24 Not up for election $20,509
1996 Indiana State Senate District 24 Won $49,001
Grand Total Raised $577,198
*Lawson withdrew from the 2012 Indiana State Senate race due to her appointment to Secretary of State.


In 2008, Lawson collected $132,062 in donations.[11]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Robert L. Meeks for State Senate $10,000
Indiana Chamber of Commerce $6,800
Indiana Hospital Association $5,500
Indiana Association of Realtors $4,000
Indiana State Medical Association $3,500
Eli Lilly & Co. $3,500
Indiana Bankers Association $3,500
Duke Energy $3,000
Build Indiana Council $3,000
Baker & Daniels $2,800
David C. Long for State Senate $2,500
Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association $2,000
National Wine & Spirits Corp $2,000
Indiana Dental Association $2,000
AT&T $1,800
Indiana CPA Society $1,600
Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives $1,500
Indiana Academy of Opthalmology $1,500
Pat Miller for State Senator $1,500
Nisource $1,500


Lawson and her husband, Jack, have two children, Brandon and Kylie, and seven grandchildren.[2]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Charlie White (R)
Indiana Secretary of State
March 2012-Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Indiana State Senate District 24
Succeeded by
Pete Miller (R)