|Indiana House of Representatives District 1|
|1998 - present|
|November 5, 2014|
|Years in position||17|
|Minority Leader, Indiana House of Representatives|
|2012 – Present|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 3, 1998|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Profession||Police officer (retired)|
Lawson's professional experience includes working as a Police Officer/Captain with the Hammond Police Department.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Lawson served on the following committees:
|Indiana Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Courts and Criminal Code|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lawson served on these committees:
|Indiana Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Public Policy|
|• Select Committee on Government Reduction|
|• Statutory Committee on Ethics|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lawson served on these committees:
|Indiana Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Courts and Criminal Code|
|• Environmental Affairs|
|• Judiciary, Chair|
Lawson and 36 other Democratic representatives participated in a legislative walkout on 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. 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.
On March 7, 2011, House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois. 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, 2011, each Democrat was 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. 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. 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.
March 22, 2011, marked the start of the fourth consecutive week of Democratic absenteeism, complete with an increased incentive to return. Governor Mitch Daniels and House Republicans upped the ante with daily fines increasing from $250/day to $350/day, effective March 21, 2011. 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. Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.
The Democrats ended the standoff after 36 days, returning on March 28, 2011. The two sides agreed to compromise on a number of issues, including shelving the controversial "right-to-work" bill. Although the Democrats returned with some of their demands met, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3,500 in fines given by Republicans.
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. 
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 1, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Linda Lawson Incumbent||100%||14,457|
In the May 4 primary election, Lawson ran unopposed. 
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 1 General Election (2010)|
|Linda Lawson (D)||7,346|
|Bill Johnson (R)||4,005|
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 1 (2008)|
|Linda Lawson (D)||14,495|
|Fernando Urzua (R)||5665|
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 1 (2006)|
|Linda Lawson (D)||6,010|
|Wesley E. Miller (R)||4,466|
|Thomas Andrews, Jr. (L)||374|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Lawson collected $44,064 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:
|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|
In 2008, Lawson collected $44,280 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.
|Planned Parenthood of Indiana||$10,900|
|Indiana Trial Lawyers Association||$2,500|
|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|
In 2006, Lawson collected $39,521 in donations.
Listed below are the top five contributors to her campaign.
|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|
Lawson is a member of the Boys and Girls Club, and the Haven House Woman's Shelter Board.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Linda + Lawson + Indiana + Legislature
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- Indiana House of Representatives - Rep. Linda Lawson
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Watchdog Indiana Candidate Ratings
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- IndyStar.com, "Indiana Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown over anti-union legislation," February 22, 2011
- Fox 59, "Fines begin for absent House Democrats," March 7, 2011
- The Wall Street Journal, "Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana," March 3, 2011
- IndyStar.com, "Dems' walkout drags on, among nation's longest," March 23, 2011
- WFIE.com, "Indiana Republicans say they're done negotiating," March 17, 2011
- Reuters, "Indiana becomes 23rd "right-to-work" state," February 1, 2012
- Indiana Secretary of State, List of May 8, 2012 primary candidates
- Indiana Secretary of State, “Election Results – Indiana General Election, November 6, 2012,” accessed January 24, 2013
- Official Indiana General Election Results
- Official Indiana Primary Election Results
- Indiana House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- Indiana House of Representatives official election results for 2006
- Indiana House 2010 Donors
- Lawson Campaign Donors
- 2006 Lawson Campaign Donors
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Lawson
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