2017 Awards

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

Past Awards

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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