Lawrence was the Member of Parliament for Elmwood-Transcona from 2011 to 2015. He has been a lifelong resident of the Elmwood-Transcona riding and has been proud to support various organizations and activities involved in reducing homelessness and creating greater opportunities for young people in the community.
During his time in Parliament, Lawrence was instrumental in delivering the Plessis Underpass to ease transportation challenges in the community. He also served on various Committees in the House of Commons, such as: Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities; Environment and Sustainable Development; Health; and Library of Parliament.
Prior to being a Member of Parliament, Lawrence was a second-generation partner at a family-owned company, Premier Printing Ltd. in Transcona. The business employed approximately 85 full-time employees and hired over 100 students each summer for peak production season. He is currently married to his wife of 29 years, Marliyn, whose great-grandfather John W. Gunn was a key figure in the early development of this riding. They are the proud parents and grandparents of four children and three grandchildren.