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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida


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November 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has introduced the Access to AEDs Act in Memory of Rafe Maccarone, which will direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to health care organizations to encourage student access to AEDs in elementary and secondary schools. The grant can also be used to assist secondary schools that seek to develop a heart screening program within their athletic department.

August 27, 2019 Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – “This much is clear, Duval County’s Public Schools are in poor shape. With the average age of our schools at 44 years-old, these facilities are the oldest in Florida. Many of our students are being educated in buildings that are literally crumbling around them. Notwithstanding, we know that some of our older schools’ infrastructures are failing. The buildings need to be repaired to support a 21st century education for students about to enter a complex economy and shifting job market.

July 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced his Economic Affordability Plan, a robust package of legislation that aims to reduce the many challenges millennials, recent college graduates and senior citizens face. The three-bill package offers a one-year federal student loan deferment to recent college graduates, helps first time homebuyers and offers social security benefit increases while also protecting its solvency.


July 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –– U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) is now accepting submissions for the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. This annual district-wide competition, hosted by members of Congress, is a public effort to encourage students to learn how to interpret and use code.

May 30, 2019 Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Congressman Al Lawson (FL-05) announced Rickards High School senior Malachi Richards as the grand prize winner of Florida’s Fifth Congressional District Art Competition. Richards’ winning artwork, “Me and My Mask,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol along with first-place winners from congressional districts across the country.

April 9, 2019 Press Release

MADISON, Fla. – U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) helped to secure a National Science Foundation (NSF) $1.9 million grant in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) resources for research and development efforts for North Florida Community College.

The North Florida Community College project provides the opportunity for middle school students in high poverty rural areas to pursue their interest in STEM. A series of six designs challenge modules and two competition design challenges will be used to provide quality STEM designs.

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 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.

March 11, 2019 Press Release

Tallahassee, Fla. – U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) is proud to announce that North Florida Christian School senior EC Presnell received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in West Point, NY. Presnell was one of Rep. Lawson’s nominees for the military academy.

March 5, 2019 Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) is proud to announce that Episicol School of Jacksonville senior Kiefer M. Washburn received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in West Point, NY. Washburn was one of Rep. Lawson’s nominees for the military academy.