Thursday, June 07, 2012

The Arizona Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers awards Gallego Elected Official of the Year

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 16), is the National Association of Social Workers, Arizona Chapter Elected Official of the Year.

“I am honored to receive this award,” Gallego said. “The NASWAZ has a long history of service in this state. Their commitment to the community is impressive.”

The NASW was founded in 1955 and is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. It has 145,000 members. The association works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain standards for the profession, and to advance social policies.

“Social workers appreciate Rep. Gallego's willingness to advocate for services for Arizona's vulnerable residents,” Jeremy Arp, executive director of NASWAZ, said.

Lindsay Simmons, NASWAZ public policy committee co-chair, nominated Gallego.

“He understands the intersection between a robust social safety net and safe, healthy, vibrant communities,” Simmons wrote in her nomination. “Because he is willing to serve as a watchdog at the State House, fellow legislators cannot forget their obligation to provide for vulnerable Arizonans. We all benefit from having Rep. Gallego speak out.”

The NASWAZ will present Gallego with his award at a reception on Sept. 14. For more information about the NASWAZ go to


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