2003 Freshman Representative of the Year, Arizona School Boards Association

2003 Golden Eagle Award, Independent Insurance Agents of Arizona

2003 Graduate of the Institute of Local Government, UofA

2004/2005 Awards of Distinction, Arizona League of Cities and Towns

2005 Keynote speaker on Civic Duty; Project Citizen national convention, Dallas TX

2005 Presenter on Poverty in Arizona, Democratic Leadership Committee, Columbus OH.

2005 Graduate of Conference of State Legislators Program, Colorado CO.

2006 Achievement Award Greater Phoenix Child Abuse Prevention Committee

2006 University of Arizona Alumni Association. Public Service Award

2007 Keynote speaker on Education, Arizona School Counselors’ Association

2008 I Hope Award, Arizona’s Children Association

2008 NASW Elected Official of the Year

2009 Arizona Attorney General commendation for lifelong commitment to children

2009/10 Keynote speaker Tucson Unified School District principals’ retreats

2010 Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy Legislative Leadership Award

2010 Named Fellow of the College of Education Old Dominion University

2011 Champions for Children & Families, Child and Family Resources, Inc

2013 Keynote Speaker Arizona Counselors Association State Meeting

2014 Golden Apple Award Recipient; Awarded to those who stand up for our kids and their choice in education, by the Arizona Parents for Education.

2015 Legislator of the Year Dental Hygienists

2016 Legislator of the Year Association of Community Health Centers

2016 Legislator of the Year Chiropractor Association

2016 First Things First Pima North Regional Champion for Children