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Food Lifeline’s 2019 Legislative Awards

By September 18, 2019April 16th, 2020No Comments

We are proud to announce the recipients of Food Lifeline’s 2019 Legislative Awards! These awards are given to state lawmakers who’ve made significant contributions to ending hunger in Washington. Our partnership with elected officials is critical to advancing our mission of feeding people experiencing hunger today, while working to end hunger for tomorrow.

With sincere appreciation, we present the 2019 award winners.

Food Lifeline Legislative Champion Award

Representative Mia Gregerson
Prime sponsor, Capital Budget project, WA Food Policy Forum, State Equity Office

Representative Marcus Riccelli
Prime sponsor, HB 1587, Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive

Representative Beth Doglio
Prime sponsor, 2SHB 1114, Wasted Food

Senator Claire Wilson
Prime sponsor, SB 5583, Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive

Senator Karen Keiser
Prime sponsor, Capital Budget project

The Legislative Champion Award is given to legislators who:

  • Take primary sponsorship of legislation that advances Food Lifeline’s legislative agenda and public policy priorities.
  • Make special efforts to advance priority bills to passage that might have failed otherwise.
  • Defend against legislation that would threaten or diminish Food Lifeline’s legislative agenda and public policy priorities.
  • Secure important appropriations, revenue, or Capitol Budget funding for the work of Food Lifeline and/or its priorities.

Food Lifeline Legislative Award

Senator Lisa Wellman
Prime sponsor, SB 5497, Keep Washington Working

Representative Strom Peterson
Capital Budget project

Representative Tana Senn
Prime sponsor, 2SHB 1603, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

The Legislative Award is given to lawmakers who:

  • Co-sponsor legislation that advances Food Lifeline’s legislative agenda or public policy priorities AND demonstrate leadership to secure passage of said legislation.

Food Lifeline Freshman Legislator Award

Representative Sharon Shewmake
Food Fighters Caucus leadership

Representative Debra Entenman
Prime sponsor, HB 1893, Postsecondary student assistance,
Prime sponsor, HB 1527, Working Families Tax Credit

Senator Joe Nguyen
Prime sponsor, SSB 5684, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

The Freshman Legislator Award is given to first term members who:

  • Have demonstrated outstanding contributions and commitment to advancing Food Lifeline’s legislative agenda and public policy priorities AND who demonstrate leadership in policy work important to Food Lifeline.

Food Lifeline Legislative Assistant Award

Mr. Daniel Lugo
Representative Mia Gregerson

Mr. Joshua Apata
Representative Strom Peterson

Ms. Danielle Westbrook
Representative Beth Doglio

Ms. Jennifer Minich
Senator Karen Keiser

Mr. Michael Penuelas
Representative Sharon Shewmake

Ms. Genevieve Jones
Representative Frank Chopp

The Legislative Assistant Award is given to legislative staff who:

  • Are particularly helpful with providing information and facilitating legislative activity that advances Food Lifeline’s legislative agenda and public policy priorities, AND who help maintain effective partnerships with lawmakers.