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The current officeholder is [[Connie Lawson]].<ref name="senlawson"/> She has served in this position since March 16, 2012. Lawson's predecessor [[Charlie White]] (R) was convicted of six felonies in February 2012, forcing him to vacate his seat two years ahead of his term's scheduled expiration. He was temporarily replaced by his deputy secretary, Jerry Bonnet, until [[Governor of Indiana|Governor]] [[Mitch Daniels]] appointed Lawson, then a [[Republican]] state Senator, to fill the vacancy until White's term ends in 2015. <ref name="senlawson">[http://www.realclearpolitics.com/news/ap/politics/2012/Mar/16/gop_sen__lawson_named_new_ind__secretary_of_state.html ''realclearpolitics.com'' "GOP Sen Lawson named new Indiana secretary of state," March 16, 2012]</ref>
 
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Former [[Secretary of State]] [[Charlie White]] (R) was convicted of six felonies in February 2012, forcing him to vacate his seat two years ahead of his term's scheduled expiration. He was temporarily replaced by his deputy secretary, Jerry Bonnet, until [[Governor of Indiana|Governor]] [[Mitch Daniels]] could appoint a permanent secretary to serve out White's term, ending in 2015. On March 16, 2012, White was officially succeeded by [[Republican]] Senator [[Connie Lawson|Lawson]].<ref name="senlawson">[http://www.realclearpolitics.com/news/ap/politics/2012/Mar/16/gop_sen__lawson_named_new_ind__secretary_of_state.html ''realclearpolitics.com'' "GOP Sen Lawson named new Indiana secretary of state," March 16, 2012]</ref>
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Revision as of 11:38, 26 December 2013

Indiana Secretary of State
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $6,336,270
Term limits:  2 consecutive terms
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Connie Lawson.jpg
Name:  Connie Lawson
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  March 16, 2012
Compensation:  $72,974
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  Appointed to fill vacancy
Other Indiana Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurer • Auditors: AuditorExaminerSuperintendent of Public InstructionAgriculture DirectorInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources DirectorLabor CommissionerUtility Regulatory Commission
The Secretary of State for Indiana is one of five statewide, elected constitutional officers created by Indiana's Constitution. The secretary is responsible for "maintenance of state records and preservation of the state seal." He or she also charters new businesses, regulates the securities industry within Indiana, runs state elections and provides a number of services to the state's automobile dealers.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Connie Lawson.[1] She has served in this position since March 16, 2012. Lawson's predecessor Charlie White (R) was convicted of six felonies in February 2012, forcing him to vacate his seat two years ahead of his term's scheduled expiration. He was temporarily replaced by his deputy secretary, Jerry Bonnet, until Governor Mitch Daniels appointed Lawson, then a Republican state Senator, to fill the vacancy until White's term ends in 2015. [1]

Authority

The Indiana Secretary of State's powers, term of office, etc. are derived from Article VI of the Indiana Constitution.

Article 6, Section 1:

There shall be elected, by the voters of the state, a Secretary, an Auditor and a Treasurer of State...

Qualifications

Candidates for secretary of state, as with all Indiana state and local offices, must be registered to vote. He or she must also file a "statement of economic interest" regarding any possible financial interests a candidate may have in the office. Additionally, there are a variety of factors that can disqualify a potential candidate for secretary of state, including:[2]

  • Offering a bribe, threat or reward to procure their own election.
  • Having been convicted of a felon.
  • Having been previously removed from office.
  • Being a member of the U.S. armed forces

Elections

Secretaries of state are elected to four year terms during federal midterm election years (2006, 2010, 2014, etc.) and take office on January 1 in the year following their election.[3] Elections occur on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.[4]

Term limits

Secretaries of state may only serve eight out of any twelve years, a de facto two consecutive term limit.[5]

Vacancies

The governor fills vacancies in the office of secretary of state by appointment; the appointee serves until the next election.[6]

Indiana Constitution, Article 5, Section 18

When, during a recess of the General Assembly, a vacancy shall happen in any office, the appointment to which is vested in the General Assembly; or when, at any time, a vacancy shall have occurred in any other State office, or in the office of Judge of any Court; the Governor shall fill such vacancy, by appointment, which shall expire, when a successor shall have been elected and qualified.

Duties

The secretary is responsible for "maintenance of state records and preservation of the state seal." He or she also charters new businesses, regulates the securities industry within Indiana, runs state elections and provides a number of services to the state's automobile dealers. The secretary of state also provides a variety of educational materials, from guides instructing entrepreneurs how to start a new business to voter and candidate registration information.

Divisions

The office of the secretary of state has four divisions:

  • The Elections Division - responsible for overseeing elections, registering candidates, and monitoring campaign finance.
  • The Business Services Division - charters corporations, registers trademarks, notaries public, and liens under the Uniform Commercial Code, and issues apostilles.
  • The Securities Division - oversees the state's securities industry, as well as mortgage brokers, retirement facilities, and collection agencies. It is also responsible for administering state and federal securities laws.
  • The Dealer Division - responsible for the oversight and regulation of motor vehicle dealerships, including dealers for automobiles, watercraft, off-road vehicles and automobile salvage.

State budget

The Secretary of State's budget was $6,336,270 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.[7]

Compensation

In 2012, the Indiana Secretary of State was paid an estimated $72,974. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments. The secretary's compensation is determined by the state constitution. However, the salaries of all elected executive officers increase annually at the same rate as lower-ranking state employees in the executive branch.

Historical officeholders Component

There have been 61 secretaries of state since 1816. Of the 61 officeholders, 34 were Republican and 23 were Democrat.[8]

Recent news

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All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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Contact information

Indiana

Capitol Address:
Indiana Secretary of State
201 Statehouse
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: (317) 232-6531
Fax: (317) 233-3283

See also

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