Al Lawson Headed Back to Congress

In North Florida, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., is headed back to Congress for a third term.

Now 72, Lawson is a veteran of Florida politics, including serving in both chambers of the Legislature. During his time in the Florida Senate, Lawson led Democrats in the chamber.

After two previous congressional bids, Lawson defeated longtime U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., in the primaries in 2016 and beat back former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown in the primaries two years later.

This time out, Lawson easily won the primary and bested Republican Gary Adler on Election Day.

With 87 percent of the vote in, Lawson took 65 percent while Adler followed with 35 percent.

“Thank you. Happy to be going back to Washington, DC to represent Florida’s 5th Congressional District,” Lawson announced on Tuesday night.

Lawson represents all of Baker, Gadsden, Hamilton and Madison Counties and parts of Columbia, Duval, Jefferson and Leon Counties.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

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