Oklahoma City resident Jimmy Lawson has declared his candidacy for Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District on April 13, 2022.. A registered Democrat and former 2022 candidate for Oklahoma City Mayor, Lawson was the first African-American to run for that office. Although he was not elected, his passion to serve people regardless of their political affiliation was well received by the voters in Oklahoma City.
A product and supporter of Oklahoma City Public Schools, Lawson graduated from John Marshall High School with a 3.90 GPA. He has always believed that education can open doors of opportunity.
Jimmy’s love for basketball, his work ethic, and dedication to learning allowed him to pursue an education. He excelled academically by earning his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from
In 1998, Jimmy received a NCAA Division 1 basketball scholarship to Grambling State University in Louisiana. During his first season, he earned the Southwestern Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year honor. He continued his basketball career at Oklahoma City University.
Lawson was named Professor of the Year in 2013 at the University of Phoenix and Adjunct Professor of the Year for the School of Business at Rose State College in 2019. He was the first African-American to win this high honor.
Jimmy now serves as the Director of Permitting Services at the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission and a Professor at Rose State College, where he teaches finance and economic courses. His energy, abilities, and personality have made him productive and adaptive in any environment.
Jimmy’s desire for servanthood and love for others was instilled in him by his mother and his father, a Pastor and community leader who also taught Jimmy to be competitive and fearless while being fair.
Over the last 20 years Jimmy has demonstrated through his actions that putting people first is not just a slogan, but rather a lifestyle for him. He is a fierce advocate and voice people of Oklahoma, bringing hope to the underprivileged.
As a living testimony of the power of education, Jimmy feels from the Congressional position he will be even better equipped to pay it forward to the next generation.
Jimmy is the creator and founder of the John Marshall Impact Team, a community partner with Oklahoma City Public Schools. The team provides mentoring and life skills to students at John Marshall High School and Middle School – “changing the trajectory of the next generation one student at a time,” he says. He has also expanded his services to Midwest City High School through the Midwest City Impact Team.
Jimmy is the lifelong best friend and advocate for Julius Jones, a prisoner on Oklahoma’s death row. Lawson graduated with Jones, both in the top 10 per cent of their high school class.
Jimmy is featured in the ABC documentary, The Last Defense, which exams the Julius Jones’ case. Executive produced by Academy Award winning actress Viola Davis, the docuseries spotlights the trials’ many flaws, including an inexperienced defense and evidence that was never presented. Jimmy's heartfelt compassion and pursuit of justice, along with his years of advocacy and dedication paid off as Jones' life was spared on November 18, 2021.
“Running for Congress in an opportunity to bring humanity back to politics,” Lawson said. “Hearing the needs and concerns of the citizens of Congressional District 5 is my first priority; and providing applicable solutions is what I vow to do. Every voice deserves to be heard and considered. We have a chance to change the trajectory in Oklahoma”
Jimmy and his wife Tamara have been married for 17 years and have three daughters; ages 21, 16, and 14. Jimmy says he loves “pouring into his children” and leading by example.