Congressman Clyburn Commends Laurie Lawson on Selection as FSA Director in SC

Oct 30, 2009

(Columbia, SC) – Sixth District Congressman and House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today commended Laurie Lawson on his selection to reprise his role as State Executive Director of South Carolina’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

“I am pleased Laurie is bringing his expertise back to our local FSA office,” Congressman Clyburn said.  “He did a remarkable job during the Clinton Administration, and he has the knowledge and relationships necessary to hit the ground running.  South Carolina’s rural communities need Laurie’s leadership especially in these difficult times.”

Laurie Lawson is a native of Darlington.  He has over fifty years of experience dealing with rural and agricultural issues in South Carolina.  For the past eight years, Mr. Lawson served as Assistant to the Vice President of Public Service and Agriculture at Clemson University.   He has served as Chairman of the South Carolina Agriculture Commission from 1979 to 1987.

In addition to his public service, Mr. Lawson managed Lawson Farms.  His family has been in the farming business since 1834.  He has a B.A degree in Agronomy from Clemson University.

He is a recipient of multiple honors and awards, including the “Order of the Palmetto,” South Carolina’s highest reward, by Governor Dick Riley.