By Carolina Puga Mendoza
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush administered the oaths of office to three statewide elected officials — all women — at the Statehouse Monday.
Secretary of State Connie Lawson and State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell were each sworn-in to their second terms, while State Auditor Tera Klutz, appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb in January 2017, begins her first term as an elected official.
Each elected official thanked Hoosiers for their votes in the 2018 election and looked ahead to the next four years.
Treasurer Kelly Mitchell is administered the oath of office by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush, while her husband Larry and son Colin Thompson look on. Photo by Victoria Ratliff, TheStatehouseFile.com.
Lawson, Indiana’s 61st secretary of state, said she wants to promote financial literacy across the state and educate Hoosiers about money management during the new term. She said her office plans to create a free financial curriculum for high schools, helping graduates leave with the financial knowledge they need.
Lawson also said she will also prioritize election security.
“The next four years are crucially important,” Lawson said. “Now is not the time to rest. Our state has a great story to tell and today is the beginning of another exciting chapter. The future of Indiana is the promise. Let’s go build it together.”
Mitchell, elected the 55th treasurer of the state in 2014, reiterated her original goal set during her first term — improving the state’s financial status.
“As I said four years ago, I’m honored to be in this leadership position, but I remain as always your servant,” Mitchell said.
In her first full term as an elected official, Klutz said she wants to continue “the good work that my team has accomplished over the last two years: Making Indiana government more transparent, more efficient and more effective.”
Indiana’s other statewide officeholders – governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general – are up for election in 2020. The remaining post, superintendent of public instruction which is currently held by Jennifer McCormick, is being changed to a gubernatorial appointment.
Carolina Puga Mendoza is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.