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|Member of the
Indiana House of Representatives|
from the 1st district
|Assumed office |
November 4, 1998
|Preceded by||Ron Tabaczynski |
|Born||June 29, 1964 (age 50)|
Hammond, Indiana, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jim Hornak (d. 2007)|
|Alma mater||Indiana University Northwest|
State Representative Lawson was chosen by Indiana House Democrats as their Minority Leader in a caucus on July 26, 2012.  She became the first woman to head a Caucus in the Indiana House of Representatives. She will be the Minority Leader until House Democrats meet to choose new leadership following the November general election.
The caucus removed State Representative B. Patrick Bauer of South Bend as Minority Leader. The caucus was held in Lafayette, Indiana, according to reports, because it limited the travel distance for State Representative Lawson, who was recovering from recent back surgery.
Lawson is a 24-year veteran of the Hammond Police Department. She became the first female captain to serve the department after working as a patrol officer and a member of the sex crimes and domestic violence divisions.
In 2018, Lawson announced that she would not be running for reelection to the State House. 
- "Indiana House (District 1)". Capitolandwashington.com. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
- "House Democrats oust Pat Bauer as minority leader". Lafayette Journal and Courier. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- "State Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, will not run for re-election in November | Government and Politics". nwitimes.com. 2018-01-03. Retrieved 2018-04-17.
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