Press Releases

March 02, 2021

Rep. Lawson Military Academy Nominee Charles Latimer Appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - U.S. Rep Al Lawson (FL-05) is proud to announce that John Paul II Catholic High School senior Charles Latimer received an offer of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York, N.Y. Latimer was one of Rep. Lawson's nominees for the military academy. "Charles personifies the skills and grit needed for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point," Lawson said. "His commitment to serve his community is certainly admirable. It is dedicated individuals like … Continue Reading

February 27, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass the Biden American Rescue Plan to Deliver Urgent Relief to the American People

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (H.R. 1319) to provide American families, workers and communities the additional relief they need to combat the coronavirus pandemic and strengthen the economy. This is an essential step in Congress' efforts to deliver comprehensive, urgently needed relief. "Americans need to know that more help is on the way," Rep. Lawson said. "For over a year, the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis have … Continue Reading

February 19, 2021

Rep. Lawson Announces New Federal COVID-19 Vaccination Site at Gateway Town Center in Jacksonville

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), today, announced the opening of a new federal COVID-19 community vaccination site at the Gateway Town Center in Jacksonville. The site will open March 1 as a partnership between FEMA and the Biden Administration. It will have the capacity to vaccinate up to 3,000 individuals per day. "I am pleased that President Biden, and his team, has responded to my request to expand vaccinations in hard hit communities that need it most," said Rep. Lawson. "It … Continue Reading

February 16, 2021

Rep. Lawson Urged Gov. DeSantis Expand Florida’s Medicaid Program

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), along with members of Florida's congressional delegation, urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to expand Florida's Medicaid program during the pandemic. By doing so, more than 850,000 additional Floridians would gain health care coverage, economic security and better health outcomes. "Leaving Floridians without health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic, with billions of federal dollars available to help pay for it, is simply heartless," Rep. Lawson … Continue Reading

February 13, 2021

Lawson’s Statement on the Senate’s Verdict in Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement on the Senate's verdict in former President Trump's second impeachment trial: "The Senate got it wrong again. The evidence presented by the House managers was overwhelming to convict former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting a deadly insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. No one who saw their presentation can reasonably believe that he is not guilty. It was clear that many Republican senators chose … Continue Reading

February 05, 2021

U.S. Rep. Lawson Calls on President Biden to Cancel $50,000 in Federal Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, has co-sponsored a resolution to cancel up to $50,000 of federal student loan debt for individuals earning up to $100,000 a year. The resolution calls on President Joe Biden to use executive authority to cancel student loan debt and ensure there is no tax liability for federal student loan borrowers resulting from administrative debt cancellation. "Student debt is holding millions of … Continue Reading

January 20, 2021

Rep. Al Lawson Announces that Local Colleges & Universities will receive an additional $186M in federal support

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) today announced that state colleges and universities in his North Florida district would receive more than $186 million in additional federal support through the higher education emergency relief funding made available in the $900 billion stimulus package Congressional leaders passed last month. Rep. Lawson voted in favor of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, which would provide relief to schools, American … Continue Reading

January 19, 2021

Rep. Lawson:  FAMU Federal Credit Union to Become an approved Paycheck Protection Program Lending Center

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, a member of the Financial Services Committee, today announced that the Florida A&M University Federal Credit Union will serve as an approved grantor of federal of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. PPP loans help struggling small business access cash to keep their doors open and retain employees. After meeting with FAMU FCU officials, and the local minority chamber of commerce, Rep. Lawson spoke with, and wrote, the Secretary of the U.S. … Continue Reading

December 29, 2020

Rep. Lawson Returns More than $2.4 Million to North Florida Families

WASHINGTON DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) announced that this year, his office has helped to return more than $2.4 million owed to the citizens of Florida's Fifth Congressional from the federal government. Since January 2020, his office worked to close more than 200 cases and ensured that North Florida residents receive their long-awaited financial reimbursement from several federal agencies. A few of the top agencies include the Social Security Administration, Internal Revenue Service, … Continue Reading

December 22, 2020

Rep. Lawson: New Federal Budget Forgives $111 Million in FAMU Federal Loans

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), today announced that the FY 2020-21 federal spending deal that Congress passed on Monday includes good news for Florida A&M University, as it also cancels more than $111 million in FAMU federal debt held by the U.S. government. In 2019, FAMU borrowed $126 million from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Capital Finance Program to construct new dorms, and refinance the debt on its residence halls. The HBCU Capital Finance … Continue Reading

December 15, 2020

Rep. Lawson Calls on Congress to Pass Additional Stimulus Relief Now

WASHINGTON, DC. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), today, called on his colleagues in Congress to pass an additional stimulus bill to support the American people: "I'm encouraged by the recent success by the group of bipartisan senators who have reached an agreement on a long delayed second round of coronavirus relief package for the American people. While this bill is far from perfect, it is progress. As I traveled around Florida's 5th Congressional District these past few months, I have … Continue Reading

December 10, 2020

Rep. Lawson Announces District Winners of Congressional App Competition

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (Fl-05) is proud to announce Florida's 5th Congressional District App Challenge winners are Tallahassee School of Math and Science students Liam Tolia, Issa Allison, Jackson Flowers and Gabriel Campbell. The Congressional App Challenge's mission is to inspire, include and innovate efforts around STEM and computer science education. The app, "Escape the CoronaVirus," was created to entertain all who play the game, and to relieve some of the stress caused by the pandemic. … Continue Reading

December 03, 2020

Rep. Lawson Helps to Secure National Science Foundation Grant for Jacksonville University to Train Students in STEM

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) has helped to secure a $943,266 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Jacksonville University. This grant will support "Project-based Service Learning and Career-training to Support Graduation and Career Readiness of Engineering and Computing Science Majors," which will help meet the national need for engineers and computer scientists by supporting the retention and graduation of high-achieving, low-income students at Jacksonville … Continue Reading

November 16, 2020

Rep. Lawson Requests Support for Conservation Projects in Florida

WASHINGTON DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) sent a letter to Chief of the United States Forest Service Vicki Christiansen requesting the support of the Osceola National Forests' Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) application. These funds would restore longleaf pine habitat, improve watershed protection and increase public recreational access by acquiring the Pineroots property and the Summers property. "Protecting these lands will deliver expanded access to … Continue Reading

November 10, 2020

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Earns 100 Percent Rating on Human Rights Campaign Congressional Scorecard

WASHINGTON DC -U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) recently earned a 100-rating supporting on the Human Rights Campaign Congressional Scorecard for the 116th Congress. The score chart was used to measure a candidate support for equality and equality promoting measures. This recognition is given to members of Congress for supporting and aiding the LGBTQ community along with some of society's most marginalized groups. Throughout the duration of his career, Lawson has been dedicated to working towards … Continue Reading

November 10, 2020

Rep. Lawson Secures Funding for Transitional Housing Assistance Grants

WASHINGTON DC - U.S. Rep. Lawson (FL-05) recently helped to secure $1,000,000 in Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for the City of Jacksonville and the Refuge House in Tallahassee, Fla. The grants for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Program will provide aid to victims who are homeless, or in need of transitional housing as a result of their victimization. Both centers will use grant funds to offer holistic, victim-centered approaches to … Continue Reading

September 19, 2020

Rep. Lawson Statement on the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg: "We have lost an icon with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She was a woman only 5'1 in stature, but moved mountains to propel our nation forward. She was a trailblazer who paved the way for so many who have come after her. Justice Bader Ginsberg provided a platform for women, and fought for to ensure they had a voice at the table. From … Continue Reading

September 15, 2020


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (SC-06) and Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), Hank Johnson (GA-04) and Al Lawson (FL-05) held a call with regional reporters calling on the Senate to take up the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed the House in June with bipartisan support. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act reimagines policing for the 21st Century by banning chokeholds, stopping no-knock warrants, combatting racial profiling, … Continue Reading

August 27, 2020

Rep. Lawson Introduces House Resolution to Honor James Weldon Johnson Park

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) introduced H.Res.1088 on August 18 to designate James Weldon Johnson Park in Jacksonville, Florida as part of the National Park Service's African American Civil Rights Network. The site, formerly Hemming Park, stood at the center of the August 27, 1960 race riot - known as Ax Handle Sunday - where a mob of some 200-middle aged and older white men armed with baseball bats and ax handles attacked a group of non-violent, peaceful protestors … Continue Reading

August 22, 2020

Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass the Delivering for America Act

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, 257-150. This legislation requires the Postal Service to return to the operations that were in place on January 1, 2020 throughout the duration of the coronavirus public health emergency. It also requires all election mail to be treated as First-Class mail. The Delivering for America Act provides $25 billion in critical funding for the Postal Service - the same level of funding recommended … Continue Reading

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