Former Indiana Secretary of State Lawson receives proclamation

Former Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson was honored with a proclamation from the Danville Town Council, presented by David Winters. Council members standing behind Lawson include Chris Gearld (left), Nancy Leavitt, Tom Pado and Greg VanLaere. (Photo by Peg McRoy Glover)

By Peg McRoy Glover

Former Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson was given a proclamation from the Danville Town Council at a recent meeting and was given a standing ovation. 

She lives in Danville and is a graduate of Danville Community High School. 

“I came to Danville in the summer before my freshman year in high school,” said Lawson. “I was the second of eight kids, and believe me there was not extra money. The community embraced Connie Lawson and her family.”

Lawson served as the 61st Indiana Secretary of State from 2012-2021, the longest serving secretary of state in the history of Indiana.

She was appointed by then Gov. Mitch Daniels in March 2012 and announced  in February that she would step down to focus on health and family. 

Lawson served as a clerk in the circuit court in Hendricks County from 1989-1996, in the Indiana senate from 1996-2012 and is past president of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

“Because of the strength of the community and the families that lived here, it gave me the opportunity to do things that I have done,” said Lawson. “I hope you (the community) will continue to be as welcoming and as warm to someone else. Thank you for this proclamation.”

Lawson is well known for her work in protecting and modernizing voting procedures in the state. 

“It is an honor to have you in our town, ma’am,” said council president Tom Pado.