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