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Congressman Al Lawson

Representing the 5th District of Florida


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August 16, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Congressional App Challenge. This annual district-wide competition, hosted by members of Congress, is a public effort to encourage students to learn how to code.

“I am pleased to participate in this year’s Congressional App Challenge,” Rep. Lawson said. “Teaching students how to code at a younger age prepares them for today’s world. There are so many jobs that use code directly and are looking to hire individuals who are skilled in this platform.”

June 22, 2018 Press Release

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -  U.S. Rep. Al Lawson is proud to announce the appointment of three Jacksonville-area students into the United States Air Force Academy. Darius Alexander Jansen, Amari Jaquay and Reginald Stark Maffett III will continue their education at the prestigious military academy in Colorado. All three students received a nomination from Rep. Lawson.

June 7, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON DC — This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Al Lawson’s James Weldon Johnson Historical Preservation Act, which designates the birthplace of James Weldon Johnson a national landmark. Johnson, who grew up in Jacksonville’s LaVilla neighborhood, was an educator, activist and the songwriter of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing."

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. Thomas and a guest will fly to Washington, D.C., next month to attend a congressional reception and see the unveiling of his artwork in the U.S. Capitol.

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.  

“Alexander embodies the leadership and confidence that is well suited for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point,” Rep. Lawson said. “He is a remarkable student who will continue to make the Tallahassee community proud. I congratulate him on this appointment and wish him continued success.”

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.  

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.

“I am pleased to host the Congressional Art Competition for students in Florida’s 5th Congressional District,” said Rep. Lawson. “Art is a way for our students to express themselves and showcase their creativity. I am excited to see all of this year’s entries.” 

August 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) introduced the Student Opportunity Act to provide economic relief for those who have student loans.

His bill would make it possible for people with high federal student loan debt to refinance their loans at a lower rate, and it would ensure future students can afford loan financing. It also would eliminate the tax penalty for loan balance forgiveness.

July 21, 2017 In The News

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Students at Florida State University are discussing ways to keep young professionals in the Capital City.

Florida State University Master of Applied American Politics and Policy students held the Roundtable at City Hall. Participants discussed current and future strategies.

According to organizers, FSU's MAAPP program, and other applied graduate programs, give working professionals the opportunity to pursue a career while furthering their education contributing to the retention of young talent.

July 21, 2017 In The News

Tallahassee City Commissioner Curtis Richardson said he was shocked to learn 70 percent of recent college graduates in Nashville remain in the area after graduation.

Part of that is Nashville’s success in branding itself as “Music City,” but that is coupled with economic development that spurs job creation and opportunities for young people.

“We haven’t totally agreed on a vision for Tallahassee, but we’re getting there,” Richardson said. “I believe young people can add a lot to this community. We’ve got to bring in young people with a fresh set of eyes.”