Butler Student Completes Fellowship with Secretary of State's Office

Contact: AJ Freeney-Ruiz

Indianapolis, IN - Secretary of State Todd Rokita today announced Allison Hines of Columbus has completed the 2005 Indiana Secretary of State Fellowship Program. The summer-long program selects four undergraduate students from around the state and allows them the opportunity to experience state government first hand.

"Allison's hard work and positive attitude are a testament to her fine character. As are her leadership and passion for public service," Rokita said. "She truly has been a valuable addition to our team this summer as we continue to work to make this office a national model."

Hines is a junior at Butler University where she is pursuing degrees in journalism-public relations and political science. She is a member of the Council on Presidential Affairs and co-chairman of Butler College Republicans.

Hines previously worked for the Indiana Republican Party and will serve as an intern this fall with Congressman Mike Pence in Washington, D.C. The graduate of Columbus East High School served as class president and editor of the student newspaper as well as a varsity cheerleader before moving to college.

Hines cites her work in each of the Secretary of State's divisions as being the most memorable aspect of the fellowship and specifically cites her work to create a database of all newspaper articles written about the office as the most rewarding.

"My time here at the Secretary of State's office has allowed me to see government from an inside perspective I would not have been able to experience otherwise. You never realize all that goes on in state government until you experience it for yourself," Hines said. "It has been an honor to work for Secretary Rokita and his staff. They go above and beyond to make state government work for the people of Indiana."

Hines is the daughter of DeWayne and Tamara Hines.