Connie Lawson speaks at HCPBWA meeting

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in Blog, Community & Relationships | 0 comments

Only weeks after being sworn in as Indiana Secretary of State, Connie Lawson made time in her schedule to speak to the Hendricks County Professional Business Women’s Association (HCPBWA) on Tuesday, April 10.

She briefly recounted the experiences that have led up to her recent appointment by Governor Mitch Daniels. About that appointment, she simply said that when your governor calls and asks you to do something, you do it if you want to help. She called it an honor.

Stepping in as leader of a staff of 80 and an office of the state that has been the center of investigation and questions under Charlie White is a challenge she admits. However, Lawson says she has always approached each new chapter in her life with a simple, “I can do that,” and this new challenge is being taken on with the same attitude.

Besides learning the responsibilities of the office, one of the first tasks she is addressing is getting an executive staff in place.  At the same time, she is making efforts to build relationships within the office and with other departments in the state. Her objective is to not dwell on the past, but to move forward.

Lawson said that women bring a different perspective to things, including government. She chuckled when she shared that she has a reputation for being tenacious about voicing her perspective. That tenaciousness comes from her commitment to those who would benefit from legislation.

The record Lawson leaves as a senator since 1996 is long and peppered with awards and honors. She named several pieces of recent legislation she helped to enact, but says she was surprised at the volume of bills she had filed through the years.

After noting that women are in the minority in politics and saying she would like to see more women join her, she added, “We can leave a mark.”



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