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State Senator Connie Lawson is new Secretary of State

by The Associated Press

March 16, 2012

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels announced today that Republican state Senator Connie Lawson will replace ousted Secretary of State Charlie White as Indiana’s top elections official.  The decision came a day after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that White’s 2010 candidacy was valid despite his February 4th conviction on voter fraud and other felony charges.   The court ruling dashed Democrats’ hopes of having runner-up Vop Osili named to the job and cleared the way for the Republican governor to appoint a successor.   Lawson is a Republican from Danville who has served in the Senate since 1996, representing portions of Hendricks and Putnam counties.  She will serve the remainder of White’s term, which runs until 2015.