Lawrence is the President of Local Government New Zealand.
Previously, he represented the Provincial Sector on the National Council. He has been Mayor of Hastings District since 2001 where he also won the honour of being Hastings District's youngest-ever Mayor. He continues to be at the forefront of not only district, but regional initiatives.
Lawrence has particular interests in transport, water and waste water issues. He was recently made a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers NZ.