November 20, 2015, Washington, DC -- Women In Government (WIG) honored its Legislative Champions during its second annual ‘A Taste of the States’ fundraiser titled “Remember the Past, Embrace the Present, and Inspire the Future” on November 18, 2015 at the Nuclear Energy Institute in Washington, D.C. More than 90 female legislators, event sponsors, and honored guests attended the festivities, including Congresswoman Alma Adams, the 100th woman to serve in Congress, Ann Lewis, representing Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, and Representative Phyllis Henderson (SC), representing Presidential Candidate Carly Fiorina.
During the event, WIG honored outstanding women legislators including Representative Patti Bellock (IL), who received WIG’s Legislative Champion Award – Midwestern Region; Representative Christie Carpino (CT), who received WIG’s Legislative Champion Award – Eastern Region; Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (CA), who received WIG’s Legislative Champion Award – Western Region; and Senator Arthenia Joyner (FL), who received WIG’s Legislative Champion Award – Southern Region. (Please see below to learn more about these amazing female leaders.)
Additionally, Representative Mary Sue McClurkin, who recently retired from the Alabama House of Republicans after 16 years of public service, received WIG’s Former Woman In Government Award. She was a longtime WIG Board member and former Chair.
Finally, WIG also encourages America's next generation of young women to become tomorrow's political leaders through our Future Women In Government program. This year’s Future Women In Government award recipient is Emily Hearton, a senior at San Diego State University where she is studying Political Science with a minor in Marketing.
WIG congratulates this year’s awardees and thanks them for their service to our country.
More about our award recipients:
Representative Patricia R. "Patti" Bellock is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 47. She was first elected to the chamber in 1998. She currently serves as Deputy Minority Leader.
Representative Christie Carpino is a Republican member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 32. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.
Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 58. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012. She currently serves as State Assembly Assistant Majority Floor Leader and was State Assembly Assistant Majority Whip from 2013 to 2014.
Senator Arthenia Joyner is a Democratic member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 19. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006. She currently serves as Minority Leader. She served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2001 to 2006.
Former Representative Mary Sue McClurkin was a former Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives, representing District 43 from 1998 to 2014. She did not seek re-election in 2014.
Future WIG Emily Hearton is a senior at San Diego State University where she is studying Political
Science with a minor in Marketing. She is passionate about state and local issues and hopes to make an impact in her community.
About Women In Government: For more than 27 years Women In Government, a bipartisan organization, has provided state-of-the-art educational resources and networking opportunities for women state legislators to allow them to make informed policy decisions based on the most current information available.
WIG also encourages America's next generation of young women to become tomorrow's political leaders through our Future Women In Government program.
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