Jack Lawton Jr. sworn-in as new LSU Board Member
Published 12:00 am Friday, February 10, 2012
Oil-and-gas business executive Jack E. Lawton Jr., of Sulphur, was sworn in on Friday as a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors.
Lawton, who took the oath of office from fellow board member Stanley Jacobs of New Orleans at the Board’s February meeting, was appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal in December to fill the unexpired term of the late Ben W. Mount of Lake Charles as the Seventh Congressional District representative on the 16-member governing board.
The president of Jack Lawton, L.L.C., Lawton, 54, is the fourth generation of his family to own and operate the 20,000-acre Lawton Family Ranch in Calcasieu Parish.
In addition, he is the founding chairman of the Center for Coastal Conservation (CCA), which promotes recreational fishing in Louisiana. Over a 30-year period, Lawton and CCA championed efforts to protect redfish, supported a ban on gill nets, and launched a series of habitat and coastal restoration projects.
In 2007, Lawton served as chairman of a citizen’s panel on wildlife and fisheries for the Jindal transition team.
In October 2011, Lawton was awarded the prestigious Future of Fishing Award by the American Sportfishing Association for his work in fostering and expanding the growth of recreational fishing. He is also a lifetime member, past president, and board member of the Coastal Conservation Association.
Lawton was born in Sulphur on March 11, 1957. Before going into the family business, Lawton attended LSU and played cornerback in 1976 and 1977 under then LSU Head Football Coach Charlie McClendon.
Lawton is a member of the Charlie McClendon Foundation, which funds scholarships for the children of former LSU Tigers who played under the long-time coach. Lawton also is a lifetime member of the LSU Foundation.
Supporting LSU athletics is a Lawton family tradition. Lawton’s uncle, the late William B. Lawton, a member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Distinction, was president of the William B. Lawton Company and the primary benefactor in the construction of the Bill Lawton Squad Room at Tiger Stadium.
The new board member and his wife, Holly Bugg Lawton, reside in Choupique. They have four children — Jacob Lawton, Candace Lawton Scroggs, Leslie Lawton Edwards and Zoey Reed – as well as four grandchildren.