Patty Murray, Dave Reichert receive ‘Best of Congress’ honor from family groups
July 25, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 25, 2012
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert and other Evergreen State lawmakers each earned a 2012 Best of Congress Award on Wednesday from national organizations advocating for working families.
Overall, 30 lawmakers — Democrats and Republicans alike — received the honor from Corporate Voices for Working Families and Working Mother Media. The award recognizes honorees for leadership in improving the quality of life for working families, plus support for congressional staffers.
“I’m honored to be chosen to receive the 2012 Best of Congress award,” Reichert said in a statement. “Throughout my life and career, I’ve seen firsthand the difficulty of balancing work and family life. I recognize the constant struggle of so many people to make family life a priority while working to excel in a beloved career. In my legislative work and the organizations I’ve been fortunate to be a part of, I have always been committed to improving the lives of working families.”
Reichert represents Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District. The former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican is running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Murray, a Democrat and a longtime advocate for issues related to working families, has represented Washington in the U.S. Senate since 1993.
Washington Democrat Adam Smith and Washington Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers also received the award. Smith represents Newcastle and the 9th Congressional District. McMorris Rodgers represents the 5th Congressional District in Eastern Washington.
“Most people don’t realize that our Congressional representatives each set their own policies for the staff they employ,” Working Mother Media President Carol Evans said in a statement. “Those who allow their employees flexible work arrangements and paid family leave are leading by example. Working Mother wants all senators and representatives to provide exemplary support for their employees and their working mom and dad constituents.”