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Congressman Al Lawson is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, improving access to a quality education from the preschool through the post-secondary level and protecting working families. Re-elected for a second term in November 2018 and sworn-in January 3, 2019, Lawson represents Florida’s 5th Congressional District.
Congressman Lawson has devoted more than half of his life to public service and is guided by the belief that the greatest gift an individual can give is service to their community. Lawson has served the people of Florida for 28 years in the state legislature as a member of the Florida House of Representative and the Florida Senate.
There, he was a champion for state employees and all working people in North Florida. He fought for pay raises, benefits for state workers and vigorously strived to improve the quality of life for children and the elderly. He received national recognition for his role in passing the Rosewood Legislation, which provided remunerations to survivors of the Rosewood massacre in the 1930s. He sponsored legislation to create Preservation 2000, the forerunner to Florida Forever, which has purchased more than 2.5 million acres of environmentally sensitive land over the years. He also fought for legislation to put environmental education in the Florida curriculum and protect the Apalachicola Bay.
In Congress, his district covers all or parts of eight North Florida counties -- spanning from Gadsden in the west to Duval in the east. The congressman currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee. Last year, he was named ‘One of the Most Active Freshmen’ by Quorum Analytics, for his work in Congress.
Rep. Lawson has led and signed on to several pieces of legislation that call for commonsense gun reform, affordable healthcare for all citizens, college affordability for students, access to funding for small businesses and entrepreneurs, access to mental health services for our nation’s veterans, equal pay, and the eradication of hunger for all families.
He has always dedicated himself to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties and creating a world where all people are ensured of their most basic equal rights. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
As a native of Midway, Florida, Lawson graduated from Havana Northside High School and received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), where he lettered in basketball and ran track. Lawson went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida State University and completed his coursework for a Ph.D. in Public Administration.
Lawson married his college sweetheart Delores Brooks and they have two adult children, Alfred III and Shani. He is also the proud grandfather of four, Kobe, Samuel and Cameron Lawson, and Harlem Wilson.
Congressman Lawson’s work ethic, problem-solving approach, and ability to build collaborative working relationships with colleagues, regardless of political party, in Florida serve him well in Washington, D.C. As a dedicated public servant, Lawson begins each morning with a prayer, and a firm promise “to do the people’s work.” It is this simple philosophy that defines him as a man of character and substance that always keep his promise.