John R. Lawson

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John R. Lawson
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Former candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives District 56
High schoolSt. Viator High School
Bachelor'sLewis University
Master'sCriminal/Social Justice, Lewis University
ProfessionSchaumburg Township Assessor
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John R. Lawson was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 56 of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Lawson earned his B.A. from Lewis University. He went on to receive his M.S. in Criminal/Social Justice from Lewis University. He is a former police officer and has also worked as detective commander for the Roselle Police Department. Lawson has also served as assessor for Schaumburg Township since 2004.


Campaign themes


Lawson's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Budget
Excerpt: "Voters are rightfully frustrated with government at every level that spends, taxes, and borrows too much, while making too many promises. To address these concerns, we must ensure that the state budget is frugal, realistic and results-oriented. Each tax dollar MUST be accounted for. "
  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "The lingering economic downturn has dramatically affected both businesses and citizens in Illinois. As an advocates for our district, we must do more to ensure that prosperity returns."
  • Illinois Homeland Security and Law Enforcement
Excerpt: "The Illinois Terrorism Task Force was created in May 2000. The purpose of the Task Force was to further Illinois’ disaster preparation efforts to specifically address the State’s role in emergency preparedness and to coordinate the response to WMD events."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Our roads are the vital connection for people throughout the state. They drive our economy and provide us access to agricultural markets, higher education, and health care. "
  • Education Funding
Excerpt: "A recent Rutgers University study gave Illinois an “F” in public education funding. High local property taxes are funding the wealthiest school districts in Illinois."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lawson ran in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 56. Lawson was unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012, and was defeated by incumbent Michelle Mussman in the November 6 general election.[2][3][4]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 56, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Mussman Incumbent 59.9% 24,138
     Republican John R. Lawson 40.1% 16,164
Total Votes 40,302


Lawson and his wife, Laura, have two children.

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