Press Releases

June 24, 2022

Rep. Lawson Bill to Honor First Black Florida Supreme Court Justice Joseph Hatchett Heads to President Biden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the S. 2938, The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, historic gun violence prevention legislation that includes Rep. Al Lawson's bill to honor Florida Supreme Court Justice Joseph Hatchett in a 234-193 vote. The legislation would name the federal courthouse in Tallahassee the "Judge Joseph Woodrow Hatchett U.S. Courthouse," recognizing Florida's first Black Supreme Court Justice. "Judge Hatchett's work for the state of Florida … Continue Reading


June 24, 2022

U.S. Rep. Lawson Statement on the Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. "Today is a dismal day for the American people. The Republican-controlled Supreme Court achieved their goal of stripping away a long-established constitutional right that provide Americans the ability to make their own health care decisions by voting to overturn Roe v. Wade. "Every woman has the fundamental human right to reproductive care. It's critical … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

President Biden Signs into Law Rep. Lawson’s Bill to Name the U.S. Postal Service Facility the D. Edwina Stephens Post Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, President Biden signed into law Rep. Al Lawson's D. Edwina Stephens Post Office bill (H.R. 2324). The new law names the U.S. Post Office at 2800 South Adams Street in Tallahassee as the "D. Edwina Stephens Post Office" in honor of the Florida Civil Rights icon's impact on the Tallahassee community. Congressman Lawson introduced the legislation to honor the life of Mrs. Stephens. She spent her life advocating for her community and holding elected officials … Continue Reading


June 16, 2022

Rep. Al Lawson Votes to Lower Food and Fuel Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted for new bipartisan legislation to lower the cost of food and fuel: another step forward in House Democrats' fight against inflation. The Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act will help bring down prices for Floridians in the grocery aisle and at the gas pump by giving American farmers and ranchers the support they need to thrive. "Today, I proudly voted for more strong action to bring down kitchen table costs for working Floridians," said … Continue Reading


June 14, 2022

Congressman Al Lawson introduces Bill Boosting Credit Repair Agencies Access to Help Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced a bill that repeals parts of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to improve credit repair organizations' (CROs) ability to help creditors fix any errors found in their credit report. "Citizens deserve the chance to rectify any inaccurate information found on their credit reports," Rep. Lawson said. "Wrong information on someone's credit report can be damaging to a person's future financial endeavors. My goal with this piece of … Continue Reading


June 02, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Statement on Florida Supreme Court’s Failure to Act on Congressional Redistricting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement on the Florida Supreme Court declining to hear an appeal on Ron DeSantis' congressional map. "The Florida Supreme Court's refusal to act on Ron DeSantis' unlawful and unconstitutional congressional map is disappointing and will disenfranchise thousands of Black voters across the State of Florida. "The justices in the majority ducked their constitutional responsibility, relying on a ridiculous procedural … Continue Reading


May 25, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Statement on Mass Shooting at Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released this statement after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. "I am tired. Tired of the moments of silence that we must hold after senseless mass shootings involving our children and teachers. "As elected officials, we must do better in protecting the American people. Responsible gun safety legislation is needed now, more than ever before. "During my time in Congress, gun violence prevention measures would pass … Continue Reading


May 20, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Statement on Florida Appellate Court Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement on the state's First District Court of Appeal reinstating Ron DeSantis' congressional map. "While I'm disappointed in today's decision by the appellate court to reinstate DeSantis' unconstitutional map, I am confident that the Florida Supreme Court will soon take over this issue and protect the rights of Black voters in North Florida. "The trial judge was correct to protect minority voting rights by following prior … Continue Reading


May 18, 2022

U.S. Rep. Lawson’s Bill to Honor Florida Supreme Court Justice Joseph Hatchett Passes Congress Heads to Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Al Lawson's bill (S.2938/H.R.4771) to honor Florida Supreme Court Justice Joseph Hatchett by 230 votes. The bill would name the U.S. Courthouse of Northern Florida in Tallahassee the "Judge Joseph Woodrow Hatchett U.S. Courthouse," recognizing Florida's first Black Supreme Court Justice. "Judge Hatchett was a trailblazing American judge and veteran," Rep. Lawson said. "He was a champion for social justice reform and a … Continue Reading


May 11, 2022

Congressman Al Lawson Statement on State Judge Striking Down DeSantis’ Unconstitutional Congressional Map

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement about the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court Judge striking down the DeSantis enacted congressional map. "I am pleased by the 2nd Judicial Circuit Court order to overrule DeSantis' unconstitutional congressional map. "The judge recognizes that this map is unlawful and diminishes African Americans' ability to elect representatives of their choice. "DeSantis is wrong for enacting this Republican-leaning map that is in clear violation of the … Continue Reading


April 21, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Statement on Florida Legislature Approving DeSantis’ Proposed Congressional Map

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement about the Florida Legislature passing Ron DeSantis' proposed Congressional Map. "Once again, DeSantis is showing Florida voters that he is governing the state as a dictator. "DeSantis bullied the Florida Legislature into approving his Republican-leaning congressional map during special session. It is alarming that state legislators cannot fulfill their constitutional duties without political meddling. … Continue Reading


April 13, 2022

Statement by U.S. Rep. Al Lawson on DeSantis’ Latest Congressional Map Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement about Ron DeSantis' recent Congressional Map Proposal. "Today's revelation is a continued scheme by DeSantis to erase minority access districts in Congress in order to create more seats for the Republican party. "DeSantis is doing a disservice to Florida voters by playing partisan politics. This latest map clearly violates the Voting Rights Act as well as the U.S. and Florida … Continue Reading


April 11, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Statement on Florida Legislature Caving to DeSantis on Redistricting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement about the Florida Legislature deferring to Ron DeSantis to draft the latest congressional map. "The Florida Legislature is caving to the intimidation of DeSantis and his desire to create additional Republican seats in Congress by eliminating minority-access districts. "Previously, the Florida Supreme Court scolded the Florida Legislature for injecting partisan politics into the reapportionment process. Florida … Continue Reading


April 07, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson introduces the James Weldon Johnson Commemorative Coin Act Honoring Renowned Lyricist

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, US. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced the James Weldon Johnson Commemorative Coin Act that would honor the life and accomplishments of James Weldon Johnson by creating commemorative coins with his image. Johnson, a Jacksonville native, is the writer of the Black National Anthem, "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing." He also made transformative contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, the Harlem Renaissance, literature, politics, education, and law. The James Weldon … Continue Reading


April 06, 2022

U.S. REP. AL LAWSON ANNOUNCES $530,838,915 FOR FLORIDA TRANSIT PROJECTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced the Infrastructure Law he helped pass will invest $530,838,915 this year to upgrade and expand local transit in Florida. $28,256,068 of these funds have been allocated for local transit projects in Jacksonville and Tallahassee. This investment will allow our local transit authorities to buy new buses and railcars, address repair backlogs, modernize fleets, and transition to new technologies that reduce carbon emissions. These funds … Continue Reading


March 31, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Statement about Bill Renaming Federal Courthouse in Honor of First Black Florida Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement about the U.S. House of Representatives not passing (S.2938/H.R.4771) the Joseph Woodrow Hatchett U.S. Courthouse bill that would name the U.S. Courthouse of Northern Florida in Tallahassee, as the "Judge Joseph Woodrow Hatchett U.S. Courthouse," in honor of Florida's first Black Supreme Court Justice. "I am extremely disappointed in my Republican colleagues who voted against the measure, especially since the bill … Continue Reading


March 29, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Statement on Gov. DeSantis Vetoing the Proposed Congressional Map

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement in response to Gov. DeSantis' veto of the congressional reapportionment plan passed by the Florida Legislature: "In January, DeSantis made it clear that his ultimate objective was to cut the number of African Americans and Hispanic Americans serving in Congress, so today's veto is no surprise. "The fact that DeSantis justifies his goal to create racial disparities in congressional representation by citing … Continue Reading


March 14, 2022

Rep. Lawson Announces $ 2,805,202 Million in Funding for Congressional District 5 Schools and Libraries to Help Kids Access the Internet at Home and Close the Homework Gap

WASHINGTON, D.C. - One year after the American Rescue Plan became law, Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that Congressional District 5 has received $2,805,202.88 to date from the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECF). The ECF program, which was created as part of the American Rescue Plan, helps schools and libraries ensure that students can connect to the internet at home, allowing them to take advantage of online learning and do their homework. … Continue Reading


March 10, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Funds $14,894,171 In Local Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to fund $14,894,171 in Community Project Funding that he previously secured for his district. This funding, included in the appropriations government funding package, responds directly to some of the most pressing needs in his area. "I am incredibly pleased to vote for $14,894,171 in Community Project Funding in this bill that I know will have a profound impact on Congressional District 5," Rep. Lawson said. "These investments support … Continue Reading


March 04, 2022

Statement by U.S. Rep. Al Lawson about Proposed Congressional Map Adopted Today in Florida Legislature

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) issued the following statement about the Florida Legislature adopting the proposed congressional map. "The primary map adopted today by the Florida Legislature was drawn with the clear intent to create additional seats for one political party at the expense of Black voters. "This unconstitutional map violates the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Districts provision of the Florida Constitution by diluting the voting power of minority … Continue Reading

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