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Rep. Al Lawson

Representative for Florida’s 5th District

pronounced al // LAW-sun

Lawson is the representative for Florida’s 5th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2017. Lawson is next up for reelection in 2018.

Photo of Rep. Al Lawson [D-FL5]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Lawson.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Lawson is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Lawson has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% NIAC Action: A FreedomWorks: 11% Americans for Prosperity: 0% NumbersUSA: 0%

Committee Membership

Al Lawson sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Lawson was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Lawson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Agriculture and Food (27%) Armed Forces and National Security (27%) Commerce (20%) Social Welfare (13%) Education (13%)

Recent Bills

Some of Lawson’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Lawson’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5895: Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019
Jun 8, 2018. Passed 235/179.
H.R. 5895 provides funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy, the Legislative Branch, the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction and family housing for the Department of Defense, and other related agencies. This ...
Aye H.R. 3326: World Bank Accountability Act of 2017
Jan 17, 2018. Passed 237/184.
If the World Bank doesn’t live up to some of its promises for supporting human rights, fighting terrorism, and promoting democracy, should the U.S. government withhold hundreds of millions dollars of funding? #### Context The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) lends billions of dollars ...
Yea S. 139: Rapid DNA Act of 2017
Jan 11, 2018. Passed 256/164.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. The bill would extend so-called "section 702" government surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The bill was originally introduced and passed the Senate in 2017 as the Rapid DNA ...
Yea H.R. 4667: Making further supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, for disaster assistance for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and calendar year 2017 wildfires, ...
Dec 21, 2017. Passed 251/169.
Yea H.R. 1039: Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017
May 19, 2017. Passed 229/177.
H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe that person forcibly assaulted or obstructed a probation officer while performing their official duties. The bill also would direct the ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Jul 2018, Lawson missed 76 of 1,075 roll call votes, which is 7.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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