INDIANAPOLIS — INDIANAPOLIS - Danville's own Connie Lawson is now serving the residents of the entire State of Indiana as Secretary of State. She got her first taste of service to the community right here in our county seat.
“I served as the county clerk for Hendricks County from 1989 to 1996,” Lawson said. “At the time, I was working with my husband, Jack. We had our own business — Lawson Brothers. That was before we were Lawson and Company.”
Lawson and her husband recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary.
“We were a good team but as a person, I wanted to branch out,” she said. “At the time, the clerk’s race was open and there was no incumbent. I was encouraged to run. I was asked, ‘You can do this, so why not run?’ So I did and won. That was my first attempt at public service.”
She served in that office for eight years. Lawson then ran for the Indiana Senate.
“I was then elected in ‘96 and started in the Indiana Senate in ‘97,”
she said. “I loved serving in the Senate.”
Last year, she was appointed Secretary of State when Charlie White was forced to leave the office.
She said serving in the administrative branch of state government is very different.
“The most obvious difference is that you can make decisions on your own,” she said. “Even though I was the majority leader, we still had to have other people help us make decisions.”
Since she has taken office, Lawson has visited all 92 Indiana counties to learn more about their needs.
“Last year, I traveled 14,000 miles across the state,” she said. “I’ve been to counties that I had never been to before.”
She said she met many county clerks and other community leaders along the way.
“I got to learn their stories and their needs,” she said. “It was a great experience that I was grateful to have.”