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Holli Sullivan was appointed state representative from an Evansville-area district in 2014, succeeding Suzanne Crouch who went on to become state auditor and is now lieutenant governor. In March 2021, Sullivan was appointed Indiana secretary of state, succeeding two-term incumbent Connie Lawson, who resigned.

Previously, Sullivan, an industrial engineer who has worked for GM and Toyota, probably was best known as the author of Indiana’s new distracted driving law. It prohibits motorists from holding or using a cell phone while driving unless they are using Bluetooth or other hands-free technology. She also was a co-author of a $1.2 billion highway improvement plan that gradually raises the state’s gas tax at the pump, and served as chair of the House Roads and Transportation Committee.

Sullivan also currently serves as vice chair of the Indiana Republican Party Central Committee. She won reelection to the House in 2020 with about 64% of the general election vote. -- Greg Weaver


200 West Washington Street Indianapolis, IN 46204


  • BS, Industrial Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1991-1995
  • Attended, Business Management, Lindenwood University
  • Graduated, Richard G. Lugar Excellence Public Service Series.


Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 89
Indiana Manufacturers Association Lifetime Positions 82
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions (4 Year Average) 95
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Positions 90
LEAP Forward Positions (Indianna) 8
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Positions 47
Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Lifetime Positions 50
National Rifle Association Candidate Positions on Gun Rights 93
Indiana AFL-CIO Positions 38
Indiana Manufacturers Association Positions 85


Industrial engineer. Previously worked in management at General Motors Corp. and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana.


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