Congressman Al Lawson is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, improving access to a quality education from the preschool through the post-secondary level and protecting working families. Elected in November 2016 and sworn-in January 3, 2017, Lawson represents Florida’s 5th Congressional District.
Congressman Lawson has devoted more than half of his life to public service and is guided by the belief that the greatest gift an individual can give is service to their community. Lawson has served the people of Florida for 28 years in the state legislature as a member of the Florida House of Representative and the Florida Senate.
As a native of Midway, Florida, Lawson graduated from Havana Northside High School and received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), where he lettered in basketball and ran track. Lawson went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida State University and completed his coursework for a Ph.D. in Public Administration.
Lawson married his college sweetheart Delores Brooks and they have two adult children, Alfred III and Shani. He is also the proud grandfather of Kobe, Samuel and Cameron Lawson.
Congressman Lawson’s work ethic, problem-solving approach, and ability to build collaborative working relationships with colleagues, regardless of political party, in Florida will serve him well in Washington, D.C. As a dedicated public servant, Lawson begins each morning with a prayer, and a firm promise “to do the people’s work.” It is this simple philosophy that defines him as a man of character and substance that always keep his promise.