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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida


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June 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) participated in the 8th Annual "Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day" on Capitol Hill. He was joined Mercedes Parson, a West Palm Beach native who spent much of her life in-and-out of the foster care system. The annual event brings more than 100 foster youth alumni from across the country to Washington to shadow members of Congress and get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the House of Representatives.

June 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement after the House passed legislation to provide disaster relief to communities throughout the United States:

May 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement after one House Republican objected to pass the bipartisan $19.1 billion disaster supplemental appropriations bill:  

May 22, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House passed U.S. Rep. Al Lawson’s (FL-05) amendment to H.R. 1500, the Consumers First Act. The amendment would require the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to provide Congress with regular monthly updates reporting of the number of investigations opened and closed with respect to fair lending violations.

The Consumers First Act strengthens the supervisory and enforcement powers of the CFPB and restores the essential role of nonpartisan agency to protect consumers in the financial marketplace.

May 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House of Representatives passed H.R. 2326, the Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William "Bill" Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act, which improves resources for members of the Armed Forces to transition from warfighter to civilian. Included in this package is Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and Rep. John Rutherford’s (FL-04) Veterans Armed for Success Act, which was reintroduced in March.

May 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted in favor of H.R. 5, the Equality Act – a bill that extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans with regard to employment, education, housing, public accommodations and other areas of life. The bill passed the House 236-173.

April 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC — Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released a statement regarding the redacted version of Special Counsel Mueller’s report:

April 8, 2019 In The News
Congressman Al Lawson's latest challenge stretches beyond regional boundary lines. The District 5 representative is working on a campaign focusing on the civil rights of collegiate student-athletes nationwide.  
As a former basketball and track star at Florida A&M University, Lawson knows all too well the difficult balancing act of playing sports as a full-time student. 
April 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC — Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass H.R.1585 a bipartisan, robust, long-term Violence Against Women Act reauthorization. The landmark Violence Against Women Act of 1994 ushered in transformative progress by calling for the protection of all Americans from violence and abuse, and working to ensure all victims and survivors have the support they need.  This critical reauthorization, which passed the House by a vote of  263–158, will safeguard and further build upon these life-saving protections for women throughout Florida and across the country.

April 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC — U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) hosted a panel discussion and movie screening of the sports documentary, Student Athlete, on Capitol Hill last night. The conversation tackled the plight of unpaid student-athletes in a multi-billion dollar athletic enterprise.

The event attracted more than 200 attendees, including members of Congress, local college students, current and former student athletes, and the documentary’s filmmakers.