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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida

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May 9, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – Small businesses are the cornerstone to every community. This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) that will level the playing field for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

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May 9, 2018 Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Congressman Al Lawson (FL-05) announced Stanton College Preparatory School freshman Jaylen Thomas as the grand prize winner of Florida’s Fifth Congressional District Art Competition. Thomas’ winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol along with first-place winners from congressional districts across the country.

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April 20, 2018 Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) is proud to announce that Sacred Heart Home School senior Alexander Sobeski has received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Sobeski was Rep. Lawson’s nominee for the military academy.  

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April 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC — U.S. Rep. Al Lawson today released the following statement after the House Committee on Agriculture passed H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, by a vote of 26 to 20:

April 13, 2018 Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) is proud to announce that Rickards High School senior Carina Richardson received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Richardson was one of Rep. Lawson’s nominees for the military academy.  

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March 29, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Al Lawson (FL-05) is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. This annual art contest, held by members of the U.S. House of Representatives, highlights the creative talents of students in each of the congressional districts.

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March 24, 2018 Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. — Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) hosted his Farmers Roundtable to address issues affecting the nation’s agricultural industry and rural communities.

March 16, 2018 Press Release

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement regarding the deaths of Master Sergeant William R. Posch, Staff Sergeant Carl Enis and the five other U.S. Air Force crew members who died in a helicopter crash in Iraq: 

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March 12, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-5) chaired a U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee hearing that examined the challenges minorities and women-owned businesses face when seeking funding from the Small Business Administration, traditional banks, private investment capital and additional financing mechanisms.
March 1, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC — U.S. Representative Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced the HBCU Parity Act of 2018 (HR 5122), a bill that will ensure funding for facility improvements at historically black universities that were established under the Second Morrill Act of 1890 and Tuskegee University.

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In The News

January 10, 2018 In The News

Three Florida Democrats joined Republicans to approve the spending plan that ends the government shutdown: Reps. Charlie Crist, Al Lawson and Stephanie Murphy.

Every Florida Republican except Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted for the deal. She was one of only six GOP no votes.

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November 30, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., who sits on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, paired up this week with an Illinois Republican on a proposal to help more veterans transition into farming and ranching.

Lawson and U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., who sits on both the House Agriculture and Veterans Affairs Committees, introduced the “Veterans Agricultural Apprenticeship Act” on Thursday. 

October 26, 2017 In The News

Democratic U.S. Reps. Al Lawson and Darren Soto are urging Florida Gov. Rick Scott to extend a time-limit extension he imposed following Hurricane Irma so that food stamp recipients can continue to receive benefits without risking their 90-day deadline.

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October 8, 2017 In The News

Jacksonville’s two new congressmen have joined a project to foster civil discourse.

Both Rep. John Rutherford, Republican, and Rep. Al Lawson, Democrat, signed a “Commitment to Civility” proposed by the National Institute for Civil Discourse. In fact, nine of Florida’s 11 freshmen members signed it.

September 29, 2017 In The News

North Florida Congressman Al Lawson is launching his Let’s Feed America campaign, which aims to reduce hunger by expanding eligibility and making it easier for those in need to receive access to food. Lawson says 1 out of 4 people in the fifth congressional district have been on the SNAP Program or food stamps this year.

September 19, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson is seeking changes to federal food-aid programs to help people affected by Hurricane Irma.

Lawson, D-Fla., asked Gov. Rick Scott this week to petition the U.S. Department of Agriculture for policy waivers similar to requests that Texas and Louisiana made after Hurricanes Harvey and Katrina.

September 19, 2017 In The News

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, and by the time it drifted through the region, it would break the record for rainfall of any other storm in the history of the continental United States. The devastation to the area is saddening; the cost to human life, infrastructure, and economic productivity is expected to exceed that of Sandy and Andrew.

July 24, 2017 In The News

Towards the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., who is a member of the Military-Veterans Caucus, is leading congressional Democrats on a bill to help veterans start up small businesses.

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July 21, 2017 In The News

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson introduced a new bill: the “Veterans Jobs Opportunity Act,” which would “establish a small business start-up tax credit for veterans creating businesses in underserved communities,” per a press release from his office.

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January 3, 2017 Photo Gallery
The U.S. House of Representatives' Flickr photo gallery.
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January 3, 2017 Video
A Video of the Lincoln Memorial.
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