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Joe H. Lawton
Full name: Joe H. Lawton
Status: Alive
Gender: Male
Date of birth: February 16th (Unknown Year)
Home: Capital City
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Family: George Lawton (Father)
Unnamed wife
Main affiliation: Devin Weston
Von Crastenburg Family
Businesses: President of the United States

Joe H. Lawton is the President of the United States in the HD Universe of the Grand Theft Auto series.


According to Thomas Stubbs' Bleeter, President Lawton's birthday is on or around February 16th. Lawton's father, George, also served as President. Lawton appears to be largely ignored by the media, and receives comparitively little media coverage in contrast to celebrities like Cloe Parker and Jill Von Crastenburg.

During the events of Grand Theft Auto V (set in 2013), Lawton is still President and still largely ignored by the media in favour of celebrity gossip.

According to WKTT's Conspire show, Lawton went to University of San Fierro and was in the same fraternity as the inventor of credit default swaps. However, Conspire's authenticity is highly questionable, and they also claim that Lawton resurrected his own father from the dead.

Ron Jakowski claims Lawton is a drug addict and related to the Illuminati, but Jakowski's paranoid nature and willing belief of government conspiracy theories makes this debatable.

Businessman Devin Weston claims he is close to President Lawton, to the extent that Lawton "allowed Weston to finger his wife", though Weston's arrogant and boastful nature makes the truth behind this statement debateable.


Lawton is implied to be a left-wing President, as a sign in South Los Santos in Grand Theft Auto V reads, "Impeach the Socialist!" However, a spam email in The Ballad of Gay Tony suggests he opposes free healthcare, and an ad for a luxury condo in Grand Theft Auto Online urges potential buyers to "snap it up now before President Lawton loses the next election and they tax the hell out of you". Lawton supports extending the Jingoism Act in order to protect freedom, which legislates for increased government surveillance and phonetapping.


Joe Lawton is likely based on George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Lawton and Bush, both succeeded their fathers as presidents of the United States. Barack Obama was elected in 2008, and got a second term after being elected again in 2012. The "Impeach the Socialist" sign in South Los Santos is a reference to a common criticism of Obama.


  • In a Weazel News report entitled "Recession is over!", an old, suited man is shown surrounded by three other men in front of what appears to be the White House. It is likely that this man is President Lawton as the article is about him announcing that the recession is over. He is seen wearing a black suit jacket, a blue dress shirt, and a red tie with different shades of red on it.


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