INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer issued the following statement on Governor Holcomb’s appointment of Holli Sullivan as Secretary of State.
Secretary Sullivan will complete retired Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s term. Lawson is the longest-serving Secretary of State in Indiana history.
“I want to thank Secretary Connie Lawson for her decades of public service and Governor Holcomb for this opportunity to serve Hoosiers,” Sullivan said. “I look forward to building on Indiana’s record of free, fair, and secure elections to make sure every eligible voter can vote and every legal vote is counted.”
Sullivan was sworn in as Secretary of State today by Chief Justice Loretta Rush.
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch gave the following statement regarding Gov. Eric J. Holcomb appointing State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) as the next Indiana Secretary of State:
To assume her new role as Secretary of State, Sullivan resigned as Indiana House District 78 representative today. The Indiana Republican Party will release details for the District 78 caucus to fill the vacancy in the coming days.
Sullivan has served portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties as a state representative since 2014. Sullivan serves as Budget Subcommittee Chair on the House Ways and Means Committee, where she oversees the creation of the state’s biennial budget. She also serves as vice chair of the House Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee, is a member of the House Elections and Apportionment Committee and a member of POWER, the House’s bipartisan women’s caucus. She also serves as the current vice chair of the Indiana Republican Party.
During Sullivan’s tenure in the Indiana General Assembly, she worked with the Secretary of State’s office to pass legislation funding critical local cybersecurity improvements in time for the 2020 elections. She’s also worked with the office’s auto dealer services division to modernize Indiana Code through legislation.
Sullivan began her career in management at General Motors, where she oversaw more than 100 employees in the auto giant’s paint division. Then holding a similar role for Toyota’s Indiana manufacturing operation, she supervised production quality and staffing across the company’s Hoosier plants. From there, Sullivan launched her own consulting firm, Onward Consulting, and began working with the University of Southern Indiana at the school’s Center for Applied Research.
Sullivan earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri and has continued her education in business management at Lindenwood University.
“Holli Sullivan is a slam-dunk appointment to serve as Secretary of State and Governor Holcomb couldn’t have named a better successor to Secretary Connie Lawson’s legendary career of public service. Under Secretary Lawson, Indiana has an impeccable record of administering safe and secure elections, a record I’m confident Secretary Sullivan will continue. I’m excited to keep working with her, supporting her efforts through 2022 and beyond.”