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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida


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September 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) and Rep. John Rutherford (FL-04) introduced legislation to designate the POW/MIA Memorial and Museum at Cecil Field as the national memorial and museum to honor all former prisoners of war and those still missing-in-action.


September 17, 2019 Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) will host a Military Academy Day on Thursday, September 19 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Jacksonville. Recruiters from the United States Military Academy at West Point, the U. S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, Marion Military Institute, the U. S.

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.

August 26, 2019 Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) recently helped secure a $25,000 grant for the Bethesda Park Adaptive Kayak Launch Project in Jacksonville, Fla. The grant, awarded by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation as part of their “Quality of Life” Grants Program, provides funding for a handicap-accessible kayak launch in Bethesda Park.

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.

July 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass the Raise the Wage Act, landmark legislation to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 over six years.

July 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC - Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), member of the U.S. House Committees on Agriculture and Financial Services, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, today introduced the College Student Hunger Act of 2019.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC Today, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05), Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12), and Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) introduced the HUD Inspection Act of 2019. This bill forces the Housing Urban Development Act (HUD) to take greater action when federal assisted housing properties fail to come into compliance with federal housing laws.

July 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Financial Services Committee passed U.S. Rep. Al Lawson’s (FL-05) the Restricting Credit Checks for Employment Decisions Act (H.R. 3614). The bill prevents employers from seeking credit scores or credit information when interviewing or determining whether to hire a potential employee.

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.



In The News

January 23, 2019 In The News

Now part of the congressional majority and starting his second term on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., is looking to bring more veterans into agriculture.

January 16, 2019 In The News

While thousands of Floridians who work for the federal government go without pay, Tallahassee’s two congressmen have decided to join them and will refuse their paychecks during the government shutdown.

November 30, 2018 In The News

(WTXL) - U.S. Rep. Al Lawson urged House Leaders to request disaster assistance for farmers affected by hurricanes Michael and Florence.

According to a press release, the letter was co-signed by 26 lawmakers from states impacted by the two hurricanes that devastated the southeast earlier this year.

October 28, 2018 In The News

While the Trump administration has renegotiated NAFTA with Canada and Mexico, two members of the Florida delegation are looking to protect specialty growers in the Sunshine State. 

September 24, 2018 In The News

Some NCAA men’s basketball programs are infamous for their “one and done” players, “diaper dandies” who spend a year in a collegiate apprenticeship before moving to the NBA.

New legislation from U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, a former college baller who spent some time in the pros and coaching ranks, would change that.

September 18, 2018 In The News

Bustle asked all 529 current U.S. senators and representatives who vote on legislation: As a member of Congress, what are you doing to ensure that men and women receive equal pay for equal work?

September 14, 2018 In The News
Four U.S. mayors – all graduates of Florida A&M University – shared the stage Friday at a workshop during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 48th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.
U.S. Rep. Al Lawson hosted “FAMU Made: From Mayor to Mainstreet,” which examined the role that FAMU played in preparing the mayors for leadership.
August 14, 2018 In The News

LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCTV) -- A local airport is getting a big funding boost thanks to a federal grant.

The U.S. House of Representatives announced Monday that the Lake City Gateway Airport was awarded a $6.9 million grant for rehabilitation.

August 9, 2018 In The News

MADISON, Fla. (WCTV) -- The city of Madison is getting a big funding boost, thanks to Rural Development Grants from the United States Department of Agriculture.

August 8, 2018 In The News

A clinic for veterans in Tallahassee is now named after a World War II veteran from Jefferson County.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Health Care Center in Tallahassee was renamed in honor of Marine Corps Sergeant Ernest "Boots" Thomas.

"Boots" joined the Marines six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

He grew up in Jefferson County.