Secretary of State Charlie White appoints seasoned election law lawyer as second in command

Jerry Bonnet, who has served as general counsel for secretary of state’s office since 2005, named deputy secretary of state

INDIANAPOLIS (March 14, 2011) – Secretary of State Charlie White today named an experienced election lawyer as his second in command.

Jerry Bonnet has been appointed deputy secretary of state, filling the position vacated Friday by Sean Keefer.

Since 2005, Bonnet has served as general counsel for the office of secretary of state. During his tenure, he assisted with the implementation of Indiana’s photo ID law and the Help America Vote Act. Bonnet also assisted with the legal challenge to Indiana’s photo ID law in state and federal courts as well as the preparation of legal briefs presented to the U.S. Supreme Court and Indiana Supreme Court.

In January, Bonnet was invited to the Texas Senate to provide expert testimony on Indiana election law.

Bonnet has represented the secretary of state’s office in administrative proceedings reviewing electronic voting machine compliance with the Indiana Election Code. He also has served as the office’s statewide coordinator of Election Day poll monitoring during the 2007 – 2010 primary and general elections.

Bonnet also served as deputy secretary of state during parts of 2008 and 2009.

“Jerry has a keen knowledge of Indiana election law and brings a wealth of experience to the deputy position,” White said. “He has a reputation of being a serious and thoughtful attorney and public servant.”

Bonnet has been a member of the Indiana Code Revision Commission since 2008 and serves on the Comprehensive HIV Services Planning and Advisory Council. In 2009, he was honored by the Indiana Protective Order Pro-Bono Project for service in representing victims of domestic violence in Marion County superior courts.

Bonnet is a graduate of Yorktown High School, Indiana University – Bloomington and the University of Tennessee College of Law. He and his wife, Monica, live in Washington Township in Indianapolis with their three children.

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