GOP Sen. Lawson named new Ind. secretary of state

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Indiana State Sen. Connie Lawson will replace ousted Secretary of State Charlie White as Indiana's top elections official.

Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Lawson's appointment Friday. The decision came a day after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that White's 2010 candidacy was valid despite his Feb. 4 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.

White was removed from office last month following his conviction. He was sentenced Feb. 23 to one year of home detention.

Lawson is a Republican from Danville who has served in the Senate since 1996. She will serve the remainder of White's term, which runs until 2015.

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