State Representative Linda Lawson, a graduate of Gavit High School, has been a long-time member of the Hammond community. She attended Indiana University Northwest. She was the first female police officer for the Hammond Police Department and went on to retire at the rank of captain. Representative Lawson served in numerous capacities over a 24–year period. She worked as a patrol officer and with the sex crimes and domestic violence divisions, where she gained a great deal of knowledge and experience.
Lawson has also served as a member of the Hammond School Board for 12 years.
In 1998, Lawson was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives to represent Indiana House District 1, which encompasses most of Hammond and all of Whiting. She has served as the chair of the House Judiciary Committee and on such legislative committees as Environmental Affairs, Courts & Criminal Code, Family Affairs, Education, and Labor. She currently is a member of the Indiana House Courts & Criminal Code Committee.
On Nov. 8, 2012, Representative Lawson was elected Indiana House Democratic Floor Leader.
Representative Lawson has been involved in many pieces of crucial domestic violence legislation in her career at the Statehouse. She has served on numerous boards and in organizations such as Haven House (a women’s shelter in Lake County), the Hammond Historical Society Board, the Robertsdale/Whiting Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters, the Humane Society of the Calumet Area, and the Boys & Girls Club.
Representative Lawson has two grown daughters and a very special granddaughter, Genavive. She was married to the late Jim Hornak.