2020 Awards

Outstanding Member,
Metroport Chamber of Commerce
M. Diane Allbaugh Texas Heroes for Children Award, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Texas Library Association and Texas Association of School Librarians, resolution for supporting certified school librarians
Friend of The Gifted Award,
Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented
Legislator Appreciation Award,
Texas Retired Teachers Association
Champion of Free Enterprise,
Texas Association of Business
100 Percent Voting Record,
National Federation of Independent Business

Past Awards

2019

  • Special Recognition, Leadership on CPRIT and Tobacco 21 legislation, MD Anderson
  • Advocacy in Action Award, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network of Texas
  • Champion for Children, Texas Parent Teacher Association
  • Legislative Champion Award, Texas Council on Family Violence
  • Legislative Champion, Meadows Mental Health Institute
  • Best of the Texas Legislature, Capitol Inside
  • Effective Conservative, Conservative Roundtable Texas
  • Exemplary Conservative, Conservative Roundtable Texas
  • Certificate of Conservative Achievement, American Conservative Union Foundation
  • 100% Pro-Life Voting Record, Texas Right to Life
  • Faith & Family Champion, Texas Values Action
  • Friend of India Award, Indian American Friendship Council
  • Legislative Award of Excellence, Symphony Texas Association for Symphony Orchestra

2018

  • Certificate of Conservative Achievement, American Conservative Union Foundation
  • Courageous Defense of Life, Texas Alliance for Life
  • Tom Sloane Lifetime Achievement Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Special Recognition, Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office
  • Compassionate Texas Legislator, Texas Humane Legislation Network
  • Champion of Innovation, TechNet
  • Ignite Hope Hero, Ranch Hand Rescue

2017

  • Best Legislator, Capitol Inside
  • Effective Conservative, Conservative Roundtable of Texas
  • Fighter for Free Enterprise, Texas Association of Business
  • GOPAC Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Legislative Champion, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
  • Founders Award, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Texas
  • Exemplary Conservative, Conservative Roundtable of Texas (Top Award to 11 Lawmakers)
  • Exemplary Conservative for Budget, Taxes & Governance, Conservative Roundtable of Texas
  • Partner in Courage Award, Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas
  • Women's Health Champion, Women's Healthcare Coalition
  • #1 Legislator in Power Ranking, Capitol Inside
  • Exemplary Conservative for Budget, Taxes & Governance, Conservative Roundtable of Texas
  • Special Recognition, 100% Voting Record, Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce

2016

  • Patient Advocacy Award, Institute for Public Safety
  • Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt Award for Mental Health, Mental Health America of Texas
  • Conservative Achievement Award, The American Conservative Union
  • 25 Women to Watch Award, Fort Worth BBB/WIBN
  • Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform, The Tax Foundation
  • Legislative Advocacy Award, Communities in Schools
  • Advocacy in Action Award, American Cancer Society - Cancer Action Network

2015

  • Champion of Free Enterprise Award, Texas Association of Business
  • Champion of Education Funding, Coalition for Education Funding
  • Champion Award - Denton County Friends of the Family
  • I Carry the Torch Award, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
  • Hunger Ambassador, North Texas Food Bank
  • Big Voice for Little Texans, Texas CASA
  • Making a Difference in Texas Award, Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association
  • Elected Official of the Year Award - Cenikor Foundation
  • Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award - Texas Hospital Association
  • Conservative Champion, Texas Conservative Coalition
  • A-plus rating, National Rifle Association
  • 100% Pro-Life Voting Record, Texas Right to Life
  • NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award
  • Women's Health Hero Award, Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition
  • Champion of Free Enterprise by Texas Association of Business
  • #1 Power Ranking, Legislative Rankings, Capitol Inside
  • Senate MVP, Capitol Inside

2014

  • Citizen of the Year Award, Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce
  • "Legislator of the Year" Award, Texas Academy of Physician Assistants
  • "Friend of the Texas A&M University System"
  • "Advocacy in Action" Award, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

2013

  • Rated Top 5 Most Conservative Senator by Young Conservatives of Texas (79% Score)
  • Concerned Women for America 83rd Legislative Scorecard A-Rating (90% out of 100%)
  • "Courageous Conservative" Award, Texas Conservative Coalition
  • 13 Big Voices for Little Texans in 2013, Texas CASA
  • Top 10 Power Ranking, Capitol Inside
  • Women's Health Hero Award, Texas Women's Health Care Coalition
  • Legislator Appreciation Award, Fast Growth School Coalition
  • Champion for Texas Children Award, Texas CASA
  • Senate Legislator of the Year, Texas Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians Patient Advocacy Award, Texas Academy of Family Physicians
  • Child Care Champion Award, Texas Licensed Child Care Association
  • Legislative Award, Texas Chapter of the ALS Associations
  • Northeast Tarrant Right to Life Education Association "Defender of Life" Award
  • Legislator of the Year, Texas Speech and Hearing Association
  • Lone Star Award, Association of Substance Abuse Programs
  • Champion for Education Award, Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame
  • Champion for Free Enterprise, Texas Association of Business, 100% Scorecard Rating
  • Patient Protection Award, Texas Medical Association
  • "Defender of Life" Award, Northeast Tarrant Right to Life Educational Association

2012

  • Courageous Defender of Life Award, Texas Alliance for Life
  • Bell Helicopter Legislative Leadership Award, Bell Helicopter
  • Statesman Award, Assisted Living Federation of America
  • "Senate Legislator of the Year," Texas Public Health Association
  • "Legislative Leader" by Empower Texans

2011

  • Legislative Excellence Award, Brain Injury Association of Texas
  • Senator of the Year, Texas Assisted Living Association
  • Legislative Leader, AARP
  • Resolution from the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Child Advocacy Award, Texas Pediatric Society
  • Public Policy Leadership Award, Texas Network of Youth Services
  • Top 11 Big Voices for Little Texans in 2011, Texas CASA
  • Top 10 Most Effective Legislators This Decade -- Capitol Inside
  • Legislative Freedom Fighter, Empower Texas
  • Taxpayer Advocate, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility
  • Most Conservative Senators, Texas Eagle Forum
  • Support of Quality Osteopathic Medical Care, Texas Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Legislative Excellence Award, Brain Injury Association of Texas

2010

  • Leadership and Commitment to Veterans Health, MHMR of Denton and Tarrant Counties
  • Public Service Award, HEB Chamber of Commerce
  • Luminary Award, Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute
  • Hope & Courage Award, Denton County Friends of the Family
  • Texas PTA Legislative Honor Roll
  • Judge Scott Moore Award, Tarrant County CASA
  • HealthCare Hero, PediPlace
  • Legislative Champion, Boys and Girls Club of Denton County

2009

  • Champion for Social Change, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
  • Champion for Nursing Education Award, Texas Association of Deans and Directors of Professional Nursing Programs
  • Champion Award, Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas
  • Legislative Leadership, Tarrant County Medical Society
  • Fighter for Free Enterprise, Texas Association of Business
  • Nursing Legislative Champion, Texas Nurses Association
  • Friends of Medicine Award, Texas Medical Association
  • Most Conservative Senator, Heritage Alliance
  • Most Conservative Senator (historically), Young Conservatives of Texas
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Denton County GOP
  • Certificate of Appreciation , Lake Worth Kiwanis Club
  • Leadership Award, Texas Suicide Prevention Council
  • Legislative Champion Award, Texas Association of Community Health Centers
  • Friend of the Taxpayer Award, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility
  • CASA Champion Award, Court Appointed Special Advocates
  • Spirit of Enterprise Award, Keller Chamber of Commerce
  • Frank Madla Award, Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association
  • Legislator of the Year, Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards
  • Early Care and Education Champion, Texas Licensed Child Care Association
  • Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award, Texas Hospital Association
  • Dallas County Medical Society Millard J. & Robert L. Heath Award
  • Champion of Vision, Texas Ophthalmological Association

2008

  • National Distinguished Advocacy Award, American Cancer Society (given to 1 lawmaker from all 50 states)
  • True Grit Award, Texas chapter of the American Cancer Society
  • Texas Hospital Association Advocacy Tribute Award
  • Texas Medical Association Friend of Medicine Award
  • Texas Champion for Children, Texas Coalition of Homes for Children
  • Susan G. Komen Legislative Champion Award (first time group presented award)
  • Katie Sherrod Award Texas Council on Family Violence
  • Guardian of Small Business Award, NFIB-Texas (only Senator to log perfect 100% in support of small business)
  • Champion for Free Enterprise, Texas Association of Business
  • ChildCareGroup Award of Honor
  • Appreciation for Support of Katie's Woods Boat Ramp, Texas Parks and Wildlife

2007

  • 100 percent voting record (4,450 votes), 80th Regular Session
  • Legislative Champion of the Year, Susan G. Komen Advocacy Alliance
  • Texas' Best Medicine, Texas Medical Association
  • Daughters of the American Revolution Women in American History Award
  • Nursing Legislative Champion, Texas Nurses Association
  • Legislative Recognition, Heart Watch (for work on AED legislation)
  • Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute, Texas Hospital Association
  • Leadership to CATCH Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Leadership & Public Service Award, Alzheimer's Association
  • True Grit Award, American Cancer Society
  • Appreciation for Promoting AED Availability, Town of Double Oak
  • Appreciated by Cooper Institute for contributions in health improvements
  • Award of Appreciation, Denton County MHMR Center

2006

  • True Texan Award, Texans for Texan
  • Legislative Leadership Award, Texas 4-H
  • Excellence in Patient Advocacy Award, Texas Dental Association
  • Award, Legislative Excellence Award, Texas Association of Child Advocacy Centers
  • Friend of the Family Award, Texas Association of Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Champion for Children, Amerigroup
  • Texas Advocacy Award, American Cancer Society
  • Texas Network of Youth Services - "Youth Advocacy Award"
  • Texas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences - "Friend of the Family"
  • Outstanding Legislator, Texas 4-H Congress
  • Guardian of Small Business, National Federation of Independent Business
  • Player of the Year-Texas Senate, Dallas County Podiatric Medical Society

2005

  • "Most Valuable Player" Capitol Inside 2005 Legislature Rankings
  • "Most Conservative Senator" Capitol Inside 2005 Conservative Rankings
  • Most Conservative Senator, Young Conservatives of Texas
  • Outstanding Legislator in North Texas by the North Chapter of the American College of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Heart of Honor Award, American Heart Association
  • United Way Award for Public Service
  • Texas Municipal Police Association Award for Legislative Excellence
  • Texas Psychology Association Award for Outstanding Legislative Contribution (citing SB 6)
  • Founder's Award, Texans Care for Children
  • Texas NASCAR Mom of the Year
  • Certificate of Appreciation, North Richland Hills' Neighborhood Initiative Program
  • Excellence in Public Service, Texas Health Resources

2004

  • 2004-2005 Who's Who of American Women
  • Texas Municipal League Outstanding Legislator
  • Scenic Star, Scenic Texas
  • Silver Spur Award, Texas Travel Industry Association
  • Honored by The AIDS Coalition of Texas NOW! (ACT NOW!)
  • Texas Association of Business Fighter for Free Enterprise, Saginaw Chamber of Commerce
  • Appreciation for Commitment to SD 12 Citizens, Northeast Tarrant County Association of Realtors
  • Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Texas Centennial Partner

2003

  • 2003-2004 Award of Appreciation for Support of The Battered Women's Foundation
  • 2003-2004 Recognition for Distinguished Legislative Service, Texas Municipal League
  • Legislator of the Year, Texas Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Texas Lone Star Leadership Award, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Nathan Davis Award, American Medical Association
  • Legislative Leadership, Texans For Lawsuit Reform
  • Texas Municipal Police Association
  • Texas Chapter of the American College Cardiology first -ever Heroes of Texas Award
  • 3E Award (Employment, Education and Economic development) North Central Texas Workforce
  • PediPlace Hero Award
  • Texas Lone Star Leadership Award, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Legislature, only Senator to never miss a record vote
  • President Pro Tempore, Texas Senate
  • 90 percent pro business rating, Texas Association of Business
  • Most Conservative Senator, Young Conservatives of Texas & Texas Eagle Forum
  • Texas Hospital Association Advocacy Tribute Award
  • Commendation by Denton County Transportation Authority
  • Outstanding Citizen for Seniors, Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County
  • Appreciation for Support, Tarrant County Medical society

2002

  • John P. McGovern Award from the Texas School Health Association
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Texas Academy of Family Physicians
  • Fighter for Free Enterprise, Texas Association of Business
  • Patient Advocate Award, North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians
  • Fighter for Free Enterprise Award, Texas Association of Business

2001

  • Most Conservative Senator, Young Conservatives of Texas
  • Appreciation for Support Throughout 77th Legislative Session - Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • Appreciation for Leadership and Steadfast Commitment to Texas Children - Denton Co. Medical Society
  • Appreciation for Support of SB 19 - Tarrant Co. Diabetes Collaboration & Community Coalition of Children's Health
  • Texas Advocacy Award, American Cancer Society
  • National Association of Social Workers - Denton Unit Public Citizen of the Year
  • Texas Eagle Forum Freedom and Family Award
  • Thomas Jefferson Award, Texas Right to Life
  • Tarrant County Fire & Arson Investigators Association White Helmet Award
  • Honored by Texas Mental Health Liaison Group
  • Appreciation of Support of Senate Bill 835 - Upper Trinity Regional Water District
  • 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001 Texas Top Ten Legislators-Free Market Foundation

2000

  • Texas Ring of Honor, Mental Health Association in Texas
  • Texas Community Education Foundation Shining Star Charter Member
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Creekview High School Internship Program
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Support - 249th Signal Battalion

1999

  • Outstanding Legislator Award, Texas Council on Family Violence
  • Texas' Best Medicine Award, Texas Medical Association
  • Outstanding Legislator of the Year, Texas chapter of the American Heart Association
  • Outstanding State Senator Award, Texas Young Republican Federation
  • Tarrant's Most Influential Women in Business Award, Business Press of Tarrant County
  • Friend of the Taxpayer Award, Citizens for a Sound Economy
  • Outstanding State Senator, Young Conservatives of Texas
  • Mary Lee Hafley Excellence Award - The Women's Shelter
  • The Eugenia Proter Rayzor Award of Excellence - Denton County Friends of the Family
  • Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Texas Public Education - TEA and State Board of Education
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service - Citizens and the City of Fort Worth
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Exemplary Service - Dallas County Republican Assembly
  • Certificate of Appreciation - Texas Association Healthcare Financial Admin. & Healthcare Financial Mgt. Association
  • Honored by Texas Council on Family Violence
  • Patient Advocacy Award, Texas Academy of Family Physicians

1998

  • Recognition for Support - Dallas Can Academy

1997

  • Appreciation for Dedication to Education - Parker College of Chiropractic
  • Appreciation for Support "Inaugural Season of Speed" Texas Motor Speedway
  • Dallas Can Academy Super Star Award
  • 1997, 1999 Patient Advocacy Award, Texas Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Cancer Society Public Policy Award
  • Certificate of Partnership - City of Carrollton

1996

  • MADD Dallas and Denton Chapters Legislative Leadership Award
  • Texas Hotel & Motel Association Texas Hospitality Hero Award
  • Appreciation of Outstanding Legislative Leadership - Texas Society of Pathologists

1995

  • Texas Fire Chiefs Association Certificate of Commendation
  • Leader of Excellence by the Free Enterprise PAC & Free Market Committee
  • Recognition of Legislative Support - Dallas County Utility and Reclamation District

1993

  • Hats Off Award, Associated Republicans of Texas
  • Outstanding Legislative Leadership Award-Texas Christian Coalition
  • Appreciation for Leadership of Extension Education Programs - Texas Extension Homemakers

1992

  • Outstanding Service Award from the Texas Vocational Technical Association
  • 9th woman ever elected to Texas Senate (tied with Sen. Florence Shapiro)

1991

  • 1991 Friend of Education from The University of North Texas
  • 1991 Golden Flame Award from the Vocational Home Economic Teachers Association of Texas

1986

  • Citizen Leadership Award from the National Community Education Association

Other

  • Who's Who-In American Politics; Worldwide; Of Women
  • Jane Nelson Friend of Community Education Award
  • Who's Who-In American Politics
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