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Daniels Names Senator Connie Lawson As Secretary Of State

Governor Mitch Daniels appointed Republican State Senator Connie Lawson as the permanent replacement for Secretary of State Charlie White.

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Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed state Sen. Connie Lawson as Secretary of State Friday, replacing Charlie White.

Charlie White’s permanent replacement took office today as Governor Daniels announced Connie Lawson as Indiana’s new Secretary of State.

Prior to the announcement, Lawson served as a state senator since 1996. Before that, she served as court clerk in Hendricks County. According to Governor Daniels, it’s those experiences that make her a good fit for the position.

“She’s also been a real ally in the quest for local government reform, which takes a certain amount of courage and reformist zeal,” he says.

Daniels says even though the Secretary of State’s office has seen ‘less than ideal’ circumstances following White’s removal, the staff will make a smooth transition to Lawson’s leadership.

“I don’t have the impression that there’ll be a big cleanup effort necessary, but Connie will put her own stamp on the place and I’m sure pretty quickly,” he says.

Interim Secretary of State Jerry Bonnet is returning to his role as Deputy Secretary of State.

Democrats hoped Vop Osili would have gotten the job, but the Indiana Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that Charlie White was eligible to run in 2010. This gave Daniels the ability to appoint a replacement, rather than putting runner-up Osili in office.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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