David G. Lawson

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David G. Lawson
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Delaware State Senate District 15
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 4
Base salary$44,041/year
Per diem$7,334 annual expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionDirector of Training, Shooter's Choice
Office website
Campaign website
David G. Lawson is a Republican member of the Delaware State Senate, representing District 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Lawson worked as a police officer in Milford, Delaware for four years, and then joined the Delaware State Police in 1973. After retiring in 1992, he and a partner opened an indoor shooting range named Shooter's Choice. He has sold the range, but continues to work as director of training. Lawson served in the United States Air Force, including a tour of duty in Vietnam.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Lawson served on the following committees:

Delaware Committee Assignments, 2015
Adult & Juvenile Corrections
Community/County Affairs
Public Safety
Veterans Affairs
Joint Finance


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Lawson served on the following committees:


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lawson served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Lawson's website highlights the following campaign issues:[2]

  • "Honesty and transparency in State Government."
  • "Encouraging job creation in private industry."
  • "Ending state employee paycuts"

Additionally, Lawson stated he is committed to ending the following:

  • "Runaway Government spending in Dover."
  • "Delaware taxpaper dollars being spent out of state."
  • "The acceptance of the “tradition” of out-of -touch career politicians."
  • "Secret backroom deals for the well-connected."



See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2012

Lawson ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Delaware State Senate District 15. Lawson ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 11, 2012 and defeated Catherine Samardza in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Delaware State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Lawson Incumbent 50.6% 9,547
     Democratic Kathleen Cooke 47.7% 9,004
     Independent Catherine Samardza 1.7% 324
Total Votes 18,875


See also: Delaware State Senate elections, 2010

Lawson was uncontested in the September 14 primary. He defeated incumbent Democrat Nancy Cook in the November 2 general election.[5]

Delaware State Senate District 15 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid G. Lawson 52.3% 8,370
     Democratic Nancy Cook Incumbent 47.7% 7,623
Total Votes 15,993

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lawson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Lawson raised a total of $92,151 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 18, 2013.[6]

David G. Lawson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Delaware State Senate, District 15 Won $52,745
2010 Delaware State Senate, District 15 Won $39,406
Grand Total Raised $92,151


Lawson won re-election to the Delaware State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Lawson raised a total of $52,745.


In 2010, a year in which Lawson was up for re-election, he collected $39,406 in donations.[7]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Kent County Republican Cmte $2,834
Friends of Christine Odonnell $670
Roberts, James B $600
Responsible Delaware PAC $600


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

David G. Lawson endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [8]


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In 2013, the Delaware General Assembly was in session from January 8 through July 1.[9]

Legislators are scored on their stances on "social and economic justice issues."


Lawson has a wife, Donna.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nancy Cook
Delaware Senate District 15
Succeeded by