Brent Lawson

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Brent Lawson
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 4
PartyRepublican
Education
Bachelor'sThe University of Texas at Arlington
Personal
Place of birthConroe, Texas
Websites
Campaign website
Brent Lawson was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Texas.[1]

Biography

Born in Conroe, Texas, as the son of a career Navy man, Lawson moved frequently with his family while growing up.[2]

Following high school, Lawson took a few college courses, but primarily worked odd jobs. In 1985, he married his wife, Sandra, and they moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where their first child was born. He went back to school part-time until he graduated with a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1991.[2][3]

Since graduating from college, Lawson has worked in engineering. He is currently an engineering manager. He directed an advocacy organization called "Conservatives for Republican Reform" from 2009 to 2010. He also serves as a GOP precinct chairman in Grayson County, Texas.[2]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Lawson self identifies as a "constitutional conservative."[3] He listed the following issues on his campaign website:[4]

  • Congressional term limits: "I believe a maximum of 12 years of consecutive service for members of the House and Senate would be constructive."
  • Budget: "Other budget reforms, such as ending baseline budgeting, must be worked in parallel with efforts to achieve a balanced budget amendment."
  • Immigration: "Insisting that our immigration policy favor immigrants that share American values, value American culture, and are committed to assimilation is consistent with a rational immigration policy."
  • Border security: "Border security must be decoupled from immigration debates."
  • Gun control: "As a US Representative I will oppose all Federal attempts to restrict gun rights."
  • Taxes: "I support the effort to replace the current income tax with a national consumption tax."
  • Foreign policy: "I will support efforts to have any treaty signed by a US administration become unsigned if it has not been ratified by the Senate by the end of the final term of that administration...All foreign aid should be subjected to routine reviews and re-justification."
  • Abortion: "A culture of life is essential to the continuation of a free society...Compulsory taxes used to fund the providers of abortions are cruel and oppressive assaults on the consciences of many millions of Americans."
  • Social issues: "Social Conservatism is not a separable part of conservatism."

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Lawson ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 4th District. Lawson was defeated by incumbent Ralph Hall and John Ratcliffe in the Republican primary on March 4, 2014.[5]

U.S. House, Texas District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Hall Incumbent 45.4% 29,848
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Ratcliffe 28.8% 18,917
Lou Gigliotti 16.1% 10,601
John Stacy 4.3% 2,812
Brent Lawson 3.5% 2,290
Tony Arterburn 1.9% 1,252
Total Votes 65,720
Source: Texas Secretary of State

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lawson's reports.

Brent Lawson (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[6]April 22, 2013$0$1,125$(38)$1,087
July Quarterly[7]July 25, 2013$1,087$2,624$(2,471)$1,239
October Quarterly[8]October 24, 2013$1,239$4,236$(1,478)$3,998
Running totals
$7,985$(3,987)

Personal

Lawson and his wife, Sandra, live in Grayson County, Texas. They have three children.[2]

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