Born in central Pennsylvania, Senator Dave Lawson is the tenth of eleven children. His family lived on a farm in the Allegheny Mountains and he enjoyed a childhood full of honest hard work and fun outdoor activities. As an adult, Dave has been in continuous service to his community and his country.

A member of the United States Air Force, Dave served a combat tour in Vietnam, returning in 1968 to settle and raise a family in Harrington, Delaware where he also served as a volunteer fireman with the Harrington Fire Company for nearly 30 years. Dave began his career in law enforcement as a police officer in Milford, after which he joined the Delaware State Police in 1973. During his tenure with the Delaware State Police, Dave served as Officer in Charge of the Firearms Training Unit and as the Lieutenant in command of the Special Operations Response Team (“SORT”). Upon retirement in 1993, Dave founded and operated Shooter’s Choice, Inc., an indoor shooting range and retail store in Cheswold. 

Since Dave joined the legislature in 2010, he has been tirelessly working for the citizens of District 15 and the entire State of Delaware. Dave is currently a member of the Judicial, Transportation and Joint Finance Committees. He is honored to have received many awards such as the 2013 Kent County Elected Official of the Year Award, the 2015 Delaware Veterans’ Stand Down Award, the Division for the Visually Impaired 2015 Legislative Leadership Partner of the Year Award, the Quality Deer Management Director’s Legislator Award and The Delaware Association of Conservation Districts 2016 Legislative Award.

Today Dave is married with three children and three grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys, hunting, fishing, working on his farm and spending time with family and friends.


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