State Rep. Linda Lawson
State Representative Linda Lawson, a graduate of Gavit High School, has been a longtime 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. Lawson served in numerous capacities within the department 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 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 and Criminal Code; Family, Children and Human Affairs; and Education. She currently is a member of the Natural Resources, and Employment, Labor and Pensions committees.
On November 8, 2012, Lawson was elected Indiana House Democratic Floor Leader.
She 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, and the Boys and Girls Club.
Lawson has two grown daughters and a very special granddaughter. She was married to the late Jim Hornak.
- Animal rights
- Wage equity
- Paid sick leave
- Addressing celebratory gunfire
For 20 years, Rep. Linda Lawson has authored legislation to provide wage equity in Indiana. Her years as a patrol officer for the Hammond police force helped shape her understanding and commitment to protecting victims of domestic violence and sex crimes. Lawson’s desire to protect extends beyond people to include animals. She has authored landmark bills to protect animals from abuse in Indiana.
- Woman Warrior; 2018 – WomenNOW!
- Service to Labor Award; 2017 – Northern Indiana Area Labor Federation
- Leader for Life Award; 2017 – Women Lawyers Seminar
- Legislator of the Year; 2017 – Indiana School Social Work Association
- Champion for Indiana's Dogs and Cats award; 2017 – Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana
- Women of Achievement Award; 2015 – Ball State University's College of Science and Humanities
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