I was born and raised in Johnstown, Naas and am the son of the late Tony & former Senator Patsy Lawlor.
I was educated in Naas C.B.S., Newbridge College and I completed a degree in Agriculture and Higher Diploma in Education in Multyfarnham Agricultural College, University College Dublin and NUI Maynooth.
I worked for Department of Agriculture in 1981 and spent two years overseas with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) as a Community worked in Vanuatu, an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean, from 1984 to 1986. On my return, I worked as a substitute teacher in Maynooth and as a wool buyer with Texacloth Wool Merchants, Naas. Since 1997, I have worked as a farmer.
I am a member of Kill G.A.A., Naas Rugby Club, Naas Golf Club and the I.F.A.
Due to the death of my mother, Patsy Lawlor, I was co-opted onto Kildare Co Council in January 1998. I put my name forward for the Local Elections in 1999 and was re-elected, topping for polls for the Naas Electoral Area as an Independent Candidate.
I stepped down from the Council in 2004 and shortly afterwards joined Fine Gael.
In 2009, I was selected at the Convention of the Naas Electoral Area as a candidate for Kildare County Council. I was elected to Kildare County Council on June 5th and took up my seat shortly afterwards.
In February 2011 the people of Kildare North elected me as their representative in Dáil Éireann. I am currently a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.