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Al Lawson, Jr.DEMDemocrat U.S. Representative from Florida
74
Years of Age
34
Years of Experience
FLResidence (state)

Alfred James Lawson Jr. (born September 23, 1948) is an American businessman and politician who was the U.S. representative for Florida's 5th congressional district from 2017 to 2023. The district, which was eliminated following redistricting during the 2022 Florida legislative session, stretched across most of the border with Georgia, including most of the majority-black areas between Tallahassee and Jacksonville. Lawson challenged fellow Congressman Neal Dunn in the newly redrawn 2nd congressional district, which pitted them against each other in Lawson's home city. Lawson won the Democratic primary unopposed, and lost to Dunn in the general election. Lawson served in the Florida legislature for 28 years, from 1982 to 2000 in the Florida House of Representatives and from 2000 to 2010 in the Florida Senate (representing the 6th district), where he was elected to serve as the Democratic leader and rose to the rank of "Dean of the Senate" before his election to Congress. After two failed campaigns for Congress, Lawson defeated incumbent Corrine Brown in the 2016 Democratic primary and won the general election.

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Campaign Funding

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$545,840
Total Raised
$576,823
Total Spent
$21,450
Cash on Hand

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Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
Florida A&M University
Bachelor of Science
1970
Havana Northside High School
1966
Florida State University
Master in Public Administration
1973
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
Representative
United States House of Representatives
2017 - 2023
Minority Leader
Florida State Senate
2008 - 2010
Senator
Florida State Senate
2000 - 2010
Representative
Flordia State House of Representitaves
1982 - 2000
Interim Basketball Coach
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
1976
Agent
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Former Assistant Coach
Florida State University Seminole Basketball Team
Former Professional Basketball Player
Indiana Pacers
President
Al Lawson and Associates Incorporated
Other Experience1 - 40 of 40
Advisory Board Member
Florida State University Center for Professional Development
Current
Member
Advisory Committee on Public Administration, Florida State University Alumni Club
Current
Member
Saint Michael's and All Angels Episcopal Church
Current
Chair
Florida Conference of Black State Legislators
Former Chair
Tallahassee Urban League
Former Chair
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Boosters Club, Board of Directors
Former Executive Board Member
Tallahassee Peace Coalition
Former Member
Association of Life Underwriters
Former Member
Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce
Former Member
Florida Crime Prevention Commission
Former Member
Boy Scouts of America Suwannee River Area Council
Former Member
National Association for the Advancement for Colored People (NAACP), Tallahassee Chapter
Founder
Capital City Black Pages
Founder
Capital City Classic
Member
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated
Former Chair
Natural Resources Committee, Florida State House House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Small Business Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
Former Ranking Member
Health and Technology Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
Member of Alzheimer's Task Force
United States House of Representatives
Member of Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Committee
United States House of Representatives
Member of Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus
United States House of Representatives
Member of Caucus on Foster Youth
United States House of Representatives
Member of Congressional Black Caucus
United States House of Representatives
Member of Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls
United States House of Representatives
Member of Congressional Voting Rights Caucus
United States House of Representatives
Member of Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions Committee
United States House of Representatives
Member of Diabetes Caucus
United States House of Representatives
Member of Fintech Task Force Committee
United States House of Representatives
Member of Florida Ports Caucus
United States House of Representatives
Member of General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Committee
United States House of Representatives
Member of House Hunger Caucus
United States House of Representatives
Member of Housing, Community Development and Insurance Committee
United States House of Representatives
Member of Military-Veterans Caucus
United States House of Representatives
Member of Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations Committee
United States House of Representatives
Member of Out of Poverty Caucus
United States House of Representatives
Member of Seniors Task Force Caucus
United States House of Representatives
Member of Small Brewers Caucus
United States House of Representatives