State GOP Presents Annual Awards at 2015 Legislative Salute Ceremony
PHOENIX – This weekend the Arizona Republican Party awarded five top GOP legislators with coveted awards in a ceremony at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Governor Doug Ducey provided the keynote address to a myriad of elected officials and party supporters from throughout Arizona.
“Our event was a great success and we got a great start in raising funds to take us into the 2016 elections,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “We joined with Governor Ducey to honor our legislators, and we’re proud to present these trophies to a select few Republican leaders who hold a special place in our hearts and in our party.”
House Majority Leader Steve Montenegro was awarded Legislator of the Year, and he then joined AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham on stage to present awards to the following members of the Arizona House of Representatives:
- Representative Darin Mitchell: Citizen Legislator Award
- Representative Justin Olson: Taxpayers BFF Award (Best Friend Forever)
- Representative Jill Norgaard: Rookie Legislator of the Year Award
Members of the Arizona Senate received the following awards:
- Senator Debbie Lesko: Arizona Republican Party Liberty Award
- Senator Kimberly Yee: Arizona Republican Party Guardian of the Public Award
Before Governor Ducey’s keynote address, more than 300 attendees were treated to Congresswoman Martha McSally’s wonderful singing of the Star-Spangled Banner followed by U. S. Senator Jeff Flake’s touching and memorable invocation. Beautiful and talented Samoan dancers entertained the crowd, and even invited a few guests onto the stage for a crash course in traditional dance moves from Samoa, all fueled by a powerful and complex percussion rhythm that caused more than a few toes to get tapping. A wickedly satirical video presentation provided a hilariously comic interpretation of the legislative session, and guests stayed long into the night visiting and enjoying the company of Arizona’s Republican legislators.
“We know how important it is to pause and thank those of our elected officials who do so much of the heavy lifting in pursuit of our shared Republican principles, and it’s our duty to honor them as they make the same kind of personal sacrifices that grassroots party activists know all too well,” Graham concluded.
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