Honors & Awards


  • AARP Capitol Caregiver Award for advancing policies that support family caregivers who make it possible for loved ones to live independently at home (2014-2015)

  • Legislator of the Year, with Delegate John Ellem, Campaign for Fair Youth Sentencing (2014).

  • Best of Morgantown, Best Local Politician, voted by the readers of Morgantown Magazine (2013, 2014, 2016)

  • Special Award from WV Autism Society, for lead sponsorship and successful passage of the Autism bill in West Virginia (2011)

  • Legislator of the Year Award, West Virginia Association for Justice for work to protect West Virginia consumers.

  • Paul Harris Fellow, 2010, Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance for furthering world understand and friendly relations.

  • Star Award for Support, from West Virginia Legal Services for ensuring that even in the toughtest budget years,, securing funding for legal services for domestic violence victims (2010).

  • Chuck Chambers Award, from the West Virginia Environmental council, their top environmental award (2010).

  • Si Galperin Award, from the West Virginia Citizens Action Group for history of taking a courageous stand on issues, including health care reform, women’s issues, environmental protection, consumer protection, campaign finance and social justice (2009).

  • National Association of Chronic Disease Directors - Legislator of the Year Award, for legislation on women’s health and the prevention of chronic diseases (2008).

  • BPW/Morgantown Woman of the Year (2007).

  • Early Head Start Volunteer Award for outstanding volunteer service (2006).


  • The Alliance for Children award in honor of Children’s Memorial Flag Day, a Certificate of Exceptional Merit in recognition of the dedication and commitment to the safety and well being of children of the State of West Virginia (2004).

  • City Fire Fighters of Morgantown, Local 313, Commemorative Plaque in appreciation for Loyal Support to Firefighters, April, 2004.

  • President’s Award, 2004, West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

  • Soroptimist International of Fairmont Woman of Distinction Award for outstanding achievements as a role model for women demonstrated by character and integrity and outstanding leadership. (2004)

  • Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living (NWVCIL) Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding leadership and support promoting legislation which protects and ensures the rights of West Virginians with disabilities (2003).

  • National Association of Social Workers - Legislator of the Year (2003).

  • Citizens for Responsible Development - received a Heart for smart growth in the area of Planning and Vision in the establishment of the Farmland Preservation Program in Monongalia County (2003).

  • Senior Monongalians - Certificate of Appreciation for support of programs for senior citizens in Monongalia County and participation in the First Annual Senior Jamboree (2002).

  • West Virginia Public Health Association, Dental Section, Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of outstanding support, assistance and - dedication to the ideals of Public Health Dentistry (2002).


  • West Virginia Women’s Commission - Guardian Angel Award (2002).

  • Special Recognition Award - Rape and Domestic Violence Information Service (2001).

  • WV Nurse’s Association, District 5, Legislative Friend of Nursing Award for a legislator who has championed the cause of nursing (1999).

  • National Committee on Pay Equity Special Action Award (1998).

  • WV FREE Award for Legislative Courage and Leadership in the Protection of Reproductive Freedom (1998).

  • West Virginia Trial Lawyers - President’s Award for Legislative Service (1997).

  • Farm Resource Center Volunteer of the Year Award for volunteer service that enabled the FRC to expand its stress counseling program for coal mining families to Southern West Virginia (1996).

  • WV Office of Emergency Services, Federal Emergency Management Agency Charter Member of the Honorable Order of the Muddy Boot for dedicated serviced and commitment to the citizens of West Virginia during the floods of 1996 (1996).

  • WV Troopers Association Appreciation Award in recognition and appreciation of outstanding performance and dedication (1996).

  • Friends of Kids Honor Roll selected by the Coalition for West Virginia’s Children based on Key voting record , Legislation introduced, Leadership, Research and Accessibility/Responsiveness as a Legislator (1996).

  • Clarksburg Chapter BPW Certificate of Appreciation for Legislative Work for Women (1995).

  • Corma Mowrey Memorial Award by the West Virginia Education Association for participation in activities which are unique and contribute to the Advancement of Women (1994).

  • Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee for the United States District Court of the Northern District of West Virginia - (1992 to 1995).

  • WV FREE Certificate of Appreciation for courage and conviction in the preservation of reproductive freedom for the women of West Virginia (1994).

  • Member, Monongalia County Deputy Sheriff's Civil Service Commission (1991 to 1994).

  • Morgantown BPW Certificate of Achievement - for Women Breaking Barriers in Their Careers (1993).

  • Advisory Committee - West Virginia Bar Institute's Intestate Succession and Spouse's Elective Share Project (1989-1990).

  • National Member - Order of the Barristers - for excellence and high honor through courtroom advocacy (1982).

  • National Energy Law Competition, Winner: Best Brief (1981)

  • White House Conference on Youth - Delegate and Member of Implementation Committee (1971 -1972).

  • Outstanding American Student (1971).

  • First Female President, Oakmont, Pa. High School Student Council (1971).


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