Linda Lawson

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Linda Lawson
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Indiana House of Representatives District 1
Incumbent
In office
1998 - present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 16
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Minority Leader, Indiana House of Representatives
2012 – Present
Compensation
Base salary$22,660.46/year
Per diem$152/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionPolice officer (retired)
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Linda Lawson is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing the District 1 and serving as House Minority Leader. She was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Lawson's professional experience includes working as a Police Officer/Captain with the Hammond Police Department.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013
Courts and Criminal Code

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lawson served on these committees:

Issues

Legislative walkout

Lawson and 36 other Democratic representatives participated in a legislative walkout on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 in opposition to proposed legislation limiting union powers in Indiana. The Democratic departure left the House void of a quorum, leaving only 58 of the 67 Representatives needed to establish a quorum.[1] Terri Austin, Steven Stemler, and Vanessa Summers stayed behind to provide, if necessary, a motion and a seconding motion, which would enable them to stop any official business from proceeding should the Republicans try to do so.[1]

On March 7, House minority leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois.[2] According to the Indiana Constitution, Article 4, sections 11 and 14, the House may enforce fines and other methods to compel absent members to return. Beginning on March 7, the Democrats were subject to a fine of $250, to be withheld from future expense or salary payments, for each day they were not present in the statehouse.[3] Regarding their actual pay, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced that the 37 lawmakers were required to be physically present in the chambers to receive their per diem payment of $152/day.[2] This move came as a result of the approximated $40,000 in per diem payments automatically made to the legislators during their first seven days of absence. According to reports, the representatives promised to either return the money, or donate it to charity.[2]

March 22 marked the start of the fourth consecutive week of Democratic absenteeism, complete with an increased incentive to return. Governor Daniels and House Republicans upped the ante with daily fines increasing from $250/day to $350/day, effective Monday, March 21. Despite the increased penalties, Democratic resolve remained intact. House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer stated that Democrats "will remain steadfast" in their opposition to bills hurting wages and education in Indiana.[4] Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.[5]

The Democrats ended the standoff after 36 days, returning on March 28. The two sides agreed to compromise on a number of issues, including shelving the controversial "right-to-work" bill.[3] Although the Democrats returned with some of their wishes granted, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3500 in fines given by Republicans.[3]

The Legislature ended up passing "right-to-work" legislation on February 1, 2012, becoming the 23rd state to do so. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) immediately signed it into law.[6]


Elections

2012

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lawson won re-election in the 2012 election for Indiana House of Representatives District 1. Lawson ran unopposed in the May 8 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. [7][8]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Lawson Incumbent 100% 14,457
Total Votes 14,457

2010

See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lawson defeated Republican candidate Bill Johnson by a margin of 7,346 to 4,005 in the November 2 general election. [9]

In the May 4 primary election, Lawson ran unopposed.  [10]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 1 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Lawson (D) 7,346
Bill Johnson (R) 4,005

2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Linda Lawson won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 1 receiving 14,495 votes, ahead of Republican Fernando Urzua who received 5665 votes.[11]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 1 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Lawson (D) 14,495
Fernando Urzua (R) 5665

2006

On November 7, 2006, Democrat Linda Lawson won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 1 receiving 6,010 votes.[12]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 1 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Lawson (D) 6,010
Wesley E. Miller (R) 4,466
Thomas Andrews, Jr. (L) 374

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Lawson collected $44,064 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[13]

Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Linda Lawson's campaign in 2010
Planned Parenthood Of Indiana$12,500
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association$4,000
Indiana Statewide Association Of Rural Electric Cooperatives$1,500
Baker & Daniels$1,050
Blackburn & Green$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $44,064

2008

In 2008, Lawson collected $44,280 in donations.[14]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Planned Parenthood of Indiana $10,900
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $2,500
AFSCME $2,000
AT&T $1,500
Indiana Bankers Association $1,300
Sheet Metal Workers Local 20 $1,300
BP North America $1,050
Indiana Beverage Alliance $1,000
Indiana State Bar Association $1,000
US Steel Corp $1,000

2006

In 2006, Lawson collected $39,521 in donations.[15]

Listed below are the top five contributors to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana State Teachers Association $15,000
Indiana-Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters $5,000
Planned Parenthood of Indiana $2,000
US Steel Corp $2,000
Service Employees Illinois Council $1,996

Personal

Lawson is a member of the Boys and Girls Club, and the Haven House Woman's Shelter Board.[16]

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Indiana House of Representatives District 1
1998–present
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