Recognition and Awards

  • 2012 Legislative Recognition from the Minnesota Farmers Union
  • 2012 Champion for Racial Justice from OAP
  • 2011 Champion for Racial Justice from OAP
  • 2010 Legislator of the Year – American Heart Association (Healthy Kids/Phy Ed Legislation)
  • 2010 Public Service Award – NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Assn.) (GDL & Primary Seat Belt Legislation)
  • 2010 Legislator of the Year – MPA (Minnesota Psychological Assn.) (Psychogists Reciprocity Legislation)
  • 2009 BILLD Fellow – Council of State Governments
  • 2009 Acknowledgment – Century High School Mentorship Program Mentor
  • 2009 Legislator of the Year – MDA (Minnesota Dental Association) (Dental Therapist Bill)
  • 2009 Guardian of Small Business – NFIB (National Federation of Small Business)
  • 2009 Friend of Public Education Award – AMSD (Assoc. of Metropolitan School Districts)
  • 2009 Representative of the Year – MAPA (Minnesota Association of Physician Assistants)
  • Champion for Racial Justice Recognition 2008 (C), 2009 (B+), 2010 (A) – OAP (Organizing Apprenticeship Project)
  • 2009 Legislator of the Year – MN Home Care Association (Mandate Reduction Bill)
  • 2009 Appreciation Award – MN County Engineers Assoc. (Contributions to Better MN Transportation)
  • 2009 Seat Belt Champion Award – Meharry Medical School
  • 2009 Star Award for Public Leadership – MN Towards Zero Deaths (Traffic Safety Legislation)
  • 2009 Commendation – Autism Speaks
  • 2009 Recognition – SE MN Towards Zero Deaths (Primary Seatbelt Legislation)
  • 2009 Appreciation Award - Click 4 Life Student Coalition (School for the Performing Arts)
  • 2009 Appreciation & Recognition – MDH (MN Dept. of Health) (contributions to Steps to a Healthier MN)
  • 2008 Merit Award – MN Environmental Health Assn. (Radon Legislation)
  • 2008 Recognition – State Farm Insurance (Graduated Teen Drivers License)
  • 2008 Recognition – MDH (Minnesota Dept. of Health) (Radon Legislation)
  • 2008 Leadership Award – EPA Region 5 (Protecting Public Health-Radon Legislation)
  • 2008 Appreciation Award – MSBA (Minnesota School Boards Assn)
  • 2008 Recognition – Live For Others-Dr.Lyle Weed Nominee Olmsted County
  • 2008 Acknowledgement – Century High School Mentorship Program Mentor
  • 2007-2008 Legislative Award – Minnesota Farmers Union (Rural and Farm Support)
  • 2007 Legislator of Distinction – League of Minnesota Cities
  • 2007 Leadership Recognition – MMA Voices for Public health (Freedom to Breath Legislation)
  • 2007 Recognition – Smoke Free Coalition (Am. Heart & Am. Lung Assoc., Am. Cancer Society, MMA & ClearWay)
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