Alfred Lawson

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Alfred Lawson
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Florida, District 2
Prior offices
Florida State Senate, District 6
Florida House of Representatives
Bachelor'sFlorida A&M University (1970)
Master'sFlorida State University (1973)
Campaign website
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Alfred Lawson, Jr. (b. September 21, 1948) is a former Democratic member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 6 from 2002 to 2010. He was Senate Minority Leader from 2008 to 2010. He served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1982 to 2000. Lawson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 2nd District. Lawson won the nomination in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[1] He was defeated in the general election by incumbent Steve Southerland II.[2]


Lawson earned his B.S. from Florida A&M University in 1970 and his M.S.P.A. from Florida State University in 1973. His professional experience includes working for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and as President of Lawson & Associates Incorporated.

Committee assignments

Lawson served on the following committees while a member of the senate:


Campaign themes


Lawson's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "I led the charge in the Florida Legislature to create jobs for North Florida. I consistently fought to bring job-creating projects to the district, and pushed for policies that would help small businesses grow. For example, I oversaw the creation of numerous correctional institutions in this district which have created thousands of jobs for the people of North Florida."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Providing a good quality education for our children is important in preparing them to compete in the 21st century global economy. As both a parent and legislator, I’ve always been an advocate of improving our schools and providing access and opportunities to all students, and supporting our teachers."
  • Seniors
Excerpt: "Protecting Social Security and Medicare for seniors is critical to the people of North Florida. I believe that we must honor the contract with those who have contributed to these programs and ensure that when they retire, they receive the benefits they have earned. I will work every day to protect Medicare and Social Security, and to improve their finances to ensure that these programs remain solvent for current and future generations of Americans."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "While I was serving in the legislature during the Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan Wars, I saw firsthand the challenges facing our men and women in uniform when they returned home. As a legislator, I have supported veterans accessing higher education and training in Florida."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Growing up in North Florida, I have a unique understanding and commitment to the environment. As a result, every major environmental law passed by the Florida Legislature in the last 28 years has had my imprint. While serving as Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee in the Florida House, I sponsored and passed the Apalachicola Bay Protection Act, Preservation 2000 (Florida Forever), and the Clean Indoor Air Act."



See also: Florida's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Lawson ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 2nd District. Lawson sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[4] Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of June 8, 2012. The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. Lawson defeated Alvin Peters, Leonard Bembry, and Mark Schlakman in the Democratic primary.[1] He was defeated in the general election by incumbent Steve Southerland II.[5]

General election

U.S. House, Florida District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Southerland II Incumbent 52.7% 175,856
     Democratic Al Lawson 47.2% 157,634
     Independent Floyd Patrick Miller 0.1% 228
Total Votes 333,718
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Primary results

The primary took place on August 14.[6]

Democratic Primary
Florida's 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAlfred Lawson 54.6% 46,900
Leonard Bembry 26% 22,357
Alvin Peters 13.9% 11,919
Mark Schlakman 5.4% 4,653
Total Votes 85,829


On November 7, 2006, Lawson won re-election to the 6th District Seat in the Florida State Senate. Lawson was unopposed and raised $50,993 for his campaign.

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Lawson's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Lawson lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lawson's campaign committee raised a total of $714,000 and spent $720,886.[7]


In 2006, Lawson collected $50,993 in campaign contributions.[8] The five largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Florida Hospital Association $1,500
Florida Home Builders Association $1,000
Ronald L. Book $1,000
Florida Police Benevolent Association $1,000
Florida Association of Realtors $1,000


Lawson and his wife, Delores Brooks, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Horne (R)
Florida Senate District 006
Succeeded by
Bill Montford