Dwayne Sawyer

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Dwayne Sawyer
55th Indiana State Auditor
In office
August 19, 2013 – December 15, 2013
Governor Mike Pence
Preceded by Tim Berry
Succeeded by Suzanne Crouch
Member of the Brownsburg Town Council from the 2nd District
In office
President of the Brownsburg Town Council
In office
Personal details
Born 1966 (age 50–51)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Melissa Sawyer
Children Three
Alma mater Purdue University

Dwayne Sawyer (born 1966) is an American politician from the state of Indiana. A member of the Republican Party, Sawyer was the 55th Indiana State Auditor. He resigned as State Auditor on November 26, 2013 citing "personal and family reasons".[1]

Sawyer was previously a member of the Brownsburg, Indiana Town Council, where he served as Council President from 2012 to 2013. On August 15, 2013, Sawyer was appointed by Governor Mike Pence to serve as Indiana State Auditor; filling the vacancy created by the departure of Tim Berry, who resigned after he was appointed Chair of the Indiana Republican Party.[2] Sawyer was sworn in by Indiana Chief Justice Brent Dickson on August 19, becoming the first African-American Republican to hold statewide office in Indiana.[3][4]

Education and career[edit]

Sawyer is a 1984 graduate of Peru Senior High School in Peru, New York. He attended Purdue University, graduating in 1989 with a degree in Computer Technology.[5] He was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.[6]

Before entering politics, Sawyer spent his career in the private sector; holding financial management positions for Roche Diagnostics, Dow AgroSciences and Eli Lilly and Company.[7] Since 2010, Sawyer has worked as a Senior Software Engineer for Positron Corporation, a nuclear cardiology technology research and development company.[8]

Sawyer serves as the Secretary of Indiana's 4th district Republican Committee and also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Hendricks County Republican Party.[9] He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Leadership Forum and the Hendricks County Regional Health YMCA.[2] In 2013, Sawyer was also appointed by Governor Mike Pence to serve on the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males.[10]

Brownsburg Town Council[edit]

Sawyer was elected to the Brownsburg Town Council in December 2008 by the Hendricks County Republican Party precinct committee, after council member Ronna Jessen resigned from serving Brownsburg's 2nd Ward.[11] Sawyer, the first African-American to hold elected office in Hendricks County, was sworn in on January 10, 2009 by Hendricks County Superior Court Judge Robert Freese, being introduced by Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita.[12] Sawyer ran unopposed in the May 2011 Republican primary, winning reelection in the November general election.[13] Sawyer became Brownsburg Town Council President in January 2012, resigning in August 2013 to assume the position of State Auditor of Indiana.

As council President, Sawyer helped lead efforts in the controversial annexation of Brownsburg.[14] In a 3-2 council vote, Sawyer voted in favor of allowing the 4,500 acre annexation of the northern borders, doubling the size of the city for future growth and expansion.[15] Sawyer has advocated for a 0.3% raise in local income taxes to support the expansion of mass transit, pushing the Indiana General Assembly to support legislation for individual counties to allow referendums for such an increase to support county highway transportation projects.[16]

Indiana Auditor of State[edit]

Sawyer was appointed Indiana State Auditor by Governor Mike Pence on August 15, 2013. He was later sworn in as the 55th Indiana Auditor of State on August 19, 2013. Sawyer's term as Auditor would only last a little over three months. On November 26, 2013, he submitted a letter of resignation to Governor Pence citing "personal reasons". In a written statement, Sawyer explained his resignation: “Due to family and personal concerns, I have come to the conclusion that it will be in the best interests of my family and the people of Indiana whom I have been honored to serve that I resign from the office of Indiana auditor of state.”[17]

To date, Governor Pence has yet to explain the exact nature of Sawyer's resignation. On December 5, 2013, Indiana Democratic Party Chair John Zody submitted a public records request with Governor Pence's office seeking further information regarding the Governor's vetting process for appointments and the exact reason for Sawyer's resignation.[18]

On December 16, 2013, Republican State Representative Suzanne Crouch was appointed by Governor Mike Pence to replace Sawyer as Indiana State Auditor.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Sawyer is married to Melissa Sawyer. They've lived in Brownsburg since 2001 with their three children, who he and his wife home school.[5] Sawyer also enjoys playing the alto saxophone.[20]


  1. ^ Brandon Smith (November 26, 2012). "State Auditor Resigns After Three Months On The Job". indianapublicmedia.org. 
  3. ^ Ellie Price; The Courier-Journal (August 19, 2013). "Indiana Gov. Mike Pence offers praise as Dawyne Sawyer is sworn in as new state auditor". courier-journal.com. 
  4. ^ Brandon Smith (August 15, 2013). "Governor Names First Black Republican To Statewide Office". indianapublicmedia.org. 
  5. ^ a b Dan Carden (August 15, 2013). "Pence picks Dwayne Sawyer for state auditor vacancy". nwitimes.com. 
  6. ^ Phi Kappa Tau (November 16, 2010). "Phi Tau Alumni Election Winners 2010". phikappatau.org. 
  7. ^ Chris Sikich, Jill Disis (August 15, 2013). "Gov. Mike Pence names Dwayne Sawyer new state auditor". indystar.com. 
  8. ^ Megan Banta (August 15, 2013). "Pence names Dwayne Sawer to be next state auditor". thestatehousefile.com. 
  9. ^ "Sawyer named auditor of state". flyergroup.com. August 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ Rick Howlett (August 15, 2013). "Dwayne Sawyer Appointed Indiana Auditor; Becomes First Black Republican to Hold Statewide Office". wfpl.org. 
  11. ^ Charlee Beasor (December 17, 2008). "Republicans fill town council seat". flyergroup.com. 
  12. ^ Charlee Beasor (January 12, 2009). "New member sworn in at council meeting State representatives on hand for event". flyergroup.com. 
  13. ^ Indianapolis Star (May 3, 2011). "Hendricks County election results". indystar.com. 
  14. ^ Bart Doan (July 12, 2013). "Brownsburg passes annexation Move adds 4,500 acres to town". flyergroup.com. 
  15. ^ Jill Disis (July 12, 2013). "Brownsburg council votes 3-2 to double size of town". indystar.com. 
  16. ^ Chris Sikich (August 5, 2013). "Plainfield, Brownsburg council presidents back referendum to expand mass transit". indystar.com. 
  17. ^ TheIndyChannel.com Staff (November 26, 2013). "Gov. Mike Pence accepts resignation from State Auditor Dwayne Sawyer". TheIndyChannel.com. 
  18. ^ Barb Berggoetz (December 5, 2013). "Democrats seek answers in state auditor resignation". indystar.com. 
  19. ^ Barb Berggoetz (December 16, 2013). "State Rep. Suzanne Crouch named Indiana auditor". indystar.com. 
  20. ^ Charlee Beason (December 12, 2008). "Republicans hold caucus to fill seat". flyergroup.com. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ronna Jessen
Member of the Brownsburg Town Council
from the 2nd Ward

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Mike Rogers
President of the Brownsburg Town Council
Succeeded by
Gary Hood
Preceded by
Tim Berry
55th Indiana State Auditor